From EWG … are you eating an endocrine disruptor?

This report is from Johanna Congleton, EWG Senior Scientist. EWG if you aren’t aware, is the Environmental Working Group in the US. I’ve featured this essential group on the Food page here and consider it a vital tool in our toolbox for discerning what’s in the products we’re buying and consuming or using on our bodies and in our environments.  I’ve referred previously to their info on endocrine disruptors in tortilla chips. But this article expands on their properties and the potential for harm they carry and provides details regarding the products they feature in:

“Proper endocrine signaling is particularly important during critical windows of development—while in the womb and during childhood and adolescence. Chemicals that disrupt hormone signaling can lead to adverse effects on development, reproduction, and the neurological and immune systems”.

I note several Weight Watcher products contain them for instance. Their Carrot Crème Cake, Chocolate Crème Cake, Golden Sponge Cake, Lemon Creme Cake and their Red Velvet  Creme Cake. Sara Lee is another product that features there amongst many others, but pertinent to NZ these two I have noticed on our shelves. EWG features a dirty dozen guide to food additives, a handy reference tool for you to search all those little unpronounceable or indiscernible additives most of us just pass over. Be aware peoples, one cake or one biscuit may not harm us in the short term, but habitually consuming these products is setting up, in my opinion, a time bomb in your body. Somewhere down the track you may well be paying with your health. The groups charged with protecting our health (in this case the FDA … they have their equivalent in all of our countries) have listed the use of propyl paraben in food as

“Generally Recognized As Safe…  Despite mounting evidence that propyl paraben disrupts the endocrine system, the FDA has failed to take action to eliminate its use in food or reassess its safety” says the EWG.

Read the full article HERE ….. and caution your loved ones.

Bookmark their dirty dozen guide to food additives for future reference, plus, closer to home for Kiwis, the Australian website http://www.additivealert.com.au

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