Watch Out For Synthetic Preservatives!
Preservatives are added to food and cosmetics to increase their shelf life and to help protect them form microbial growth.The ones we should be extremely worried about are preservatives, foaming agents, and binding ingredients, which includes parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.
Preservatives prevent the growth of bacteria, molds, and fungus in moisture based contents which can cause a variety of ills and potentially deadly diseases. Preservatives don’t sound bad do they? Well, some might disagree.
Some of the synthetic preservatives you need to watch out for are:
Propyl gallate – is an antioxidant preservative used i vegetable oil, gum, potato sticks, chicken soup base, meat products, It retards the spoilage of fats and oils. The best studies on rats and mice were peppered with suggestions that this preservative might cause cancer.
Sulfites( Sulfur dioxide, sodium bisulfite) – prevent discoloration (dried fruit, some “fresh” shrimp, and some dried, fried, or frozen potatoes) and bacterial growth (wine). It destroys Vitamin B-1 and can cause severe reactions, especially in asthmatics, also may cause hyperactivity.
Methyl, Propyl, Butyl, and Ethyl Paraben – are all used as preservatives to inhibit microbial growth to extend products’ shelf life. Esters of p-hydroxybenzoic acid, also a type of parabens, is derived from petroleum processing. They may cause allergic reactions and rashes. They contain highly toxic formaldehyde-releasing ingredients which are carcinogenic, increasing the risk of cancer in both men and women.
Quaternium-15 – is used as a preservative in cosmetics and toiletry items, as well as skin moisturizers and hair care products. It is reported to cause allergic reactions and dermatitis, and breaks down into formaldehyde.
Formaldehyde – it is one of the most dangerous chemicals put ti cosmetics nowadays and should be avoided. Formaldehyde has been found to cause cancer in workers who have been exposed to it. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found that it caused cancer in workers even within the legal limits of exposure to it.
Pay attention to the products you buy, read labels and try to stay away from these preservatives.
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on Nov 11th, 2009 and filed under FEATURED ARTICLES
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