Toxic Chewing Gum Commercial gum products are some of the most toxic substances that you can expose yourself to and can lead to some of the worst diseases. The most common ingredients are:
Sorbitol, Xylitol, Mannitol, Maltitol,
Natural and Artificial Flavors,
Hydrogenated Coconut Oil and Starch
Colors (titanium oxide, blue 2 lake, red 40)
Malic Acid, Citric Acid
Every time you chew gum, your brain is tricked into thinking that you are eating food and sends signals to your stomach, pancreas and other organs involved in digestion to prepare for this “food”. Your salivary glands and pancreas begin to emit enzymes necessary to digest food and absorb nutrients from food. Constant emission of enzymes can deplete enzymes and over time the process can slow down. If you are not breaking down and absorbing food properly, you get diseases because the body needs nutrients to rebuild and thrive.
An alternative gum for fresh breath is to carry a small bottle of organic food grade peppermint oil and put a drop in your mouth to achieve the same effect. A breath freshener used ages ago that I like is to chew a few fennel or dill seeds. They are very refreshing to the breath . . . and free. Fennel and dill are super easy to grow and bear enough seeds to supply the family!
Nothing in gum is natural. It is chemical glob that in no way contributes to health or is good for your teeth. The five ingredients reviewed above contribute to disease and poor health.
Genetically Modified Organisms
The United States government has allowed genetically modified and engineered organisms to enter the public food supply with no warning. Every day, millions of people unknowingly ingest these GMOs because corporations like Monsanto (and the politicians they’ve bought and paid for) claim it’s unfair to require them to label their products.
Multiple scientific studies have linked GMOs to illness, disease, and mutations in plants, animals, and humans. Adverse affects are especially pronounced in pregnant women and children. The low price, processed foods carry most of the world’s GMOs. The only way to protect yourself from these toxic “foods” is to avoid buying and eating them.
These are the foods that are worth the extra time it may take to research origins and the extra money it may cost to buy organic. Buying local is ideal, because you can contact the farmer directly to ask what kinds of seeds are used.
- Tomatoeswere the first genetically modified crop to be commercially available in the U.S. In 1994, transgenic tomatoes known as FlavrSavrshit the market. They contained a “deactivated” gene that was supposed to prevent the fruit from getting soft as it ripened. It didn’t work as well as biotech companies hoped. Now, experts are praising a new technique whereby two enzymes, (A-Man, B-hex) are suppressed. There have been reports that some animals have died shortly after consuming GMO tomatoes.
- CornThis one is tough, because even foods that you wouldn’t normally associate with corn have ingredients, like sweeteners, that are derived from GMO corn. As Care2′s Jaelithe Judy reports, genetically modified cornand soybeans were developed by Monsanto in the 1990s to be resistant to the synthetic herbicide glyphosate (better known by Monsanto’s trademarked name for the weedkiller, Roundup). Now, more than 70 percent of corn produced in the United States is the genetically modified, herbicide-resistant variety. Fresh corn from Walmart should be especially avoided.
- PapayasIn the late 1980′s biotech researchers developed a papaya cultivar that would be resistant to Papaya Ringspot Virus. To do this, certain viral genes encoding capsid proteins were transferred to the papaya genome. Now, GMO papayas make up about 75 percent of the total Hawaiian papaya crop.
- Riceis considered to be one of the world’s staple crops. In many areas, it has been genetically modified to contain a high amount of vitamin A. More recently, it was discovered that an American company, Ventria Bioscience, has been cultivating rice that’s genetically modified (GM) with genes from the human liver. Although the company claims it’s only producing this rice to help speed pharmacuetical research, it’s growing it in open, outdoor fields. Meaning crops nearby can be unknowingly contaminated. China, which grows and consumes a huge percentage of the global rice supply, recently suspended distribution of genetically modified rice within its commercial food supplies over growing concern about its safety.
- Potatoeswere once one of the world’s most important staple crops, but thanks to growing awareness about the harm of too many empty carbohydrates, demand for potatoes as food has waned slightly in the past few years. Desperate for a way to infuse potatoes with more nutrients, researchers in India created a potato with thirty-five to sixty percent more protein using genes from the amaranth seeds. The potato is still very valuable to the starch and chemical industry, however. In order to protect these starch crops from pets and disease, potatoes are sometimes genetically modifiedwith Bacillus thuringiensis var. Kurstaki Cry 1. Yet, mice fed GE potatoes have shown abnormal amounts of toxins in their systems. According to Dr. Nina V. Fedoroff Willaman, Professor of Life Sciences and Evan Pugh Professor at Pennsylvania State University found that “rats fed the transgenic potatoes had significantly lower organ weights.”
Research links Monsanto’s GMO corn to cancer, tumors and an increase risk of premature death in both men and women. News of the research is spreading like wildfire across the ‘net, and support for Proposition 37 — which seeks to label GMOs in foods — is growing by the day.
According to the Center for Food Safety, up to 85% of the corn grown in the United States is genetically modified. This means corn-based cereals that use non-organic corn have a very high likelihood of containing GM corn.
The following list presents the top 10 popular breakfast cereals most likely to contain Monsanto’s genetically modified corn. The exact GMO content of these cereals remains a mystery precisely because manufacturers of these cereals refuse to label them with their GMO content.
Legal note: This article is presented in the public interest, reflecting reasonable caution over a common food ingredient which French scientists have now convincingly linked to cancer and premature death in studies conducted on rats.
The top 10 popular breakfast cereals most likely to contain Monsanto’s GM corn
Which cereals contain no GMOs? Nature’s Path
There is only one brand of breakfast cereal I know of that’s 100% non-GMO and 100% organic across their entire product line. That company is Nature’s Path:
Many “natural” brands that appear to be healthful and natural are actually not organic or GMO-free. For example, “Barbara’s Bakery” cereals are not organic. Although they are positioned in store shelves alongside other organic cereals, they are actually made with conventional crops grown with pesticides that may include Monsanto’s Roundup.
You may notice that most of the cereal likely to contain GM corn are children’s cereals. It is the children in America who are being fed the most GMOs. This represents a highly unethical food experiment being conducted on an entire generation, and the long-term effects of human consumption of GMOs are simply not known. What we do know is that rats fed this very same Monsanto GM corn developed shockingly large cancer tumors.
The photo released by the French research team, showing large cancer tumors growing at a strongly heightened risk in rats fed a “lifetime” of Monsanto’s GM corn, is shown below. According to that study, 70% of females died premature and showed significant damage to their liver, kidneys and other organs.
Top 10 Worst GMO Foods
1. Corn: As many as half of all U.S. farms growing corn for Monsanto are using genetically modified corn,” and much of it is intended for human consumption. Monsanto’s GMO corn has been tied to health issues that include weight gain and organ disruption.
2. Soy: Found in tofu, vegetarian products, soybean oil, soy flour, and numerous other products, soy is modified to resist herbicides. As of now Monsanto still has a tight grasp on the soybean market, with approximately 90 percent of soy being genetically engineered to resist Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup. In one single year, 96.7 million pounds of glyphosate was sprayed on soybeans alone
3. Sugar: According to NaturalNews, genetically modified sugar beets were introduced to the U.S. market in 2009. Like others, they’ve been modified by Monsanto to resist herbicides.
4. Aspartame: Aspartame is a toxic additive used in numerous food products, and should be avoided for numerous reasons, including the fact that it is created with genetically modified bacteria.
5. Papayas: GMO papayas have been grown in Hawaii for consumption since 1999. Though they can’t be sold to countries in the European Union, they are welcome with open arms in the U.S. and Canada.
6. Canola: One of the most chemically altered foods in the U.S. diet, canola oil is obtained from rapeseed through a series of chemical actions.
7. Cotton: Found in cotton oil, cotton originating in India and China in particular has serious risks.
8. Dairy: Your dairy products contain growth hormones, with as many as one-fifth of all dairy cows in America are pumped with these hormones. In fact, Monasnto’s health-hazardous rBGH has been banned in 27 countries, but is still in most US cows. If you must drink milk, buy organic.
9. and 10. Zucchini and Yellow Squash: Closely related, these two squash varieties are modified to resist viruses.
The dangers of some of these foods are well known. The Bt toxin being used in GMO corn was recently detected in the blood of pregnant women and their babies. All the risks that are still unknown.
This is the latest research on pesticides and insecticides in our food. Buy organic or better yet – Grow your own.
Fruits and Pesticides
Apples – Cancer causers, hormone disruptors and neurotoxins have all been detected on apples, 98 percent of which test positive for pesticides. Because they’re so popular and are eaten daily by so many people, apples earned the top spot on EWG’s list of foods you should always buy organic.
Blueberries – More than 40 different pesticides were found on blueberries grown in the U.S.
Cherries – One of the most commonly used pesticides on cherries, carbaryl, is suspected of causing cancer and may lead to neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s and to birth defects.
Nectarines – The USDA found the average imported nectarine contained more pesticides by weight than any other food. Domestically grown nectarines didn’t fare much better. They contained the same range of pesticides, but at lower levels.
Peaches – Many of the pesticides used on peaches are systemic. They’re sprayed on a tree before it bears fruit, but the chemicals wind up getting into the fruit as it grows, and there’s no way to remove them.
Pears – 92 percent of pear samples tested positive for at least one pesticide residue, while 26 percent were tainted with 5 or more pesticides.
Imported Plums – The most common pesticide found on plums imported from abroad (mostly Chile) is iprodione, which the Environmental Protection Agency has dubbed a “likely” carcinogen.
Strawberries A single sample of strawberries tested by the USDA contained 13 different pesticides.
Grapes – More pesticides are used on grapes than on any other fruit. Combined, the various samples of grapes used in the 2012 EWG report contained 64 different pesticides.
5 Pesticide Foods to Avoid and Why:
1. Peaches. Farmed peaches are number one because so many pesticides are needed to grow them. Their skin absorbs much of it infecting the flesh with carcinogenic chemicals that outweigh the peach’s natural health benefits.
2. Apples. Many apples are grown in mid-western states where they are not native and haven’t developed natural defenses to predators. They are treated with many harmful pesticides that seep into the peel. You can peel your apples but lose a third of the nutrients and some flavor.
3. Sweet Bell Peppers. This vegetable has the highest likelihood of containing multiple pesticides (64 found on a single sample)
4. Celery. This vegetable has no skin and the pesticides are absorbed directly into the plant. It’s best to buy this fresh and organic.
5. Strawberries. Their skin doesn’t absorb as much as a peach but they are small and we don’t often wash them carefully. The Organic Trade Association stated that more than 371 pesticides are approved for use on U.S. strawberries and because they grow close to the ground, they are subject to chemicals used on soils.
The Dirty Dozen
When it comes to these items, try to buy these in organic form to avoid the excessive amounts of pesticide.
7. Kale/collard greens
8. Sweet bell peppers
The Clean 15
These 15 produce items are known by the EWG as the “clean 15″. They have the least amount of pesticides and would be considered the items to buy if you can’t afford to go completely organic.
2. Sweet corn (This is generally GMO, so you may want to always stick to organic with corn)
7. Sweet potatoes
9. Sweet peas
Based on an analysis conducted over a period of time between 2001 – 2009 by the USDA and FDA, 53 popular produce items were tested creating a series of 51,000 tests. The produce items were rinsed and peeled to recreate the general conditions in which they are consumed. The conclusion of the analysis confirmed that if someone were to eat from the clean 15 and purchased organically from the dirty dozen, they would lower their pesticide intake by 92%.