Five Bad Chemicals Found In Food That You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

1. Ammonium Sulfate












Ammonium Sulfate is used in bread by some companies but it’s mostly used in fertilizers. According to, “Ammonium Sulfate can cause severe irritation and inflammation of the respiratory tract if inhaled. Eating or drinking ammonium sulfate will cause irritation in the gastrointestinal tract like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea” but supposedly it’s not toxic unless you ingest large amounts of it.


2. Sodium nitrite

fresh meatSodium Nitrate is a preservative found in processed meat such as ham, bacon, pastrami, salami, hot dogs, sausages and some red meats. According to, “a study by the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii and the University of Southern California suggests a link between eating processed meats and cancer risk. The study followed 190,000 people, ages 45-75, for seven years and found that people who ate the most processed meats had a 67% higher risk of pancreatic cancer than those who ate the least amount.”


3. Enriched flour




Enriched flour is flour that has been processed to the point where little to no nutrition is left in the flour. Company’s that make enriched flour compensate for the lack of nutrition by adding nutrition such as iron. According to, “food makers use a metallic form of iron that your body can barely absorb and should not be ingested.”
Healthier options to enriched flour are oat flour, rye flour, whole wheat flour, almond meal, brown rice flour, or millet flour.


4. Dimethylpolysiloxane










Dimethylpolysiloxane is not only used in food but also used as an anti-foaming agent in silly putty. According to, “the World Health Organization (WHO) hasn’t found any adverse health effects associated with dimethyl polysiloxane. However, the additive hasn’t undergone any significant safety studies either.”



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TBHQ is a synthetic antioxidant used to help fatty and oily foods have a longer shelf life. According to, “the FDA allows amounts of up to 0.02% of the total oils in food to be TBHQ. This may not sound like a lot, but it does tend to make one wonder why there needs to be a limit on the amount if it is apparently a ‘harmless additive.” It’s good to keep in mind that just because TBHQ is safe in small amounts doesn’t mean it’s healthy.

propylene glycol One place propylene glycol is found in Wendy’s frosties


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