Hidden toxins

It is important to watch out for hidden toxins in our foods. Not everything we put into our mouths that we think is healthy, is healthy.

Processing of food has changed considerably over the years. The following list are things to look out for.


MSG is a huge issue across the natural products industry. Pick up almost any veggie burger or similar product, and you’ll find it’s made with yeast extract, a hidden form of MSG (monosodium glutamate). Your average takeaway foods also contain MSG.

Yeast extract is prevalent in the food industry because it looks nicer on the label than ‘MSG.’ Most people know to avoid MSG, but yeast extract slips by, so food manufacturers put it into canned soups, snacks, microwave dinners and especially in vegetarian products. Hidden MSG may be labelled as ‘yeast extract’ or ‘hydrolysed vegetable protein.’

Fluoride in green tea

Unfortunately, green tea is known for being contaminated with high levels of fluoride, even though it’s said to be good for our health. Green tea has proven to reduce cholesterol levels, may even help prevent cancer and neurological disorders. It’s full of antioxidant properties.

The tea plant that produces green tea, also takes up large amounts of fluoride from soil, so when fluoride is present in those soils, the green tea will have a surprisingly high concentration. While fluoride in green tea might not be a health hazard all by itself, the addition of chemical fluoride in the water supplies and in toothpastes potentially create a high risk for fluorosis.

Maltodextrin (from GM corn)

If maltodextrin is listed as an ingredient in a health product, the chances are that the maltodextrin in the product is derived from Monsanto’s genetically modified corn in the U.S. Virtually all the maltodextrin used throughout the natural products industry is genetically modified.

The exception to this are products that are certified organic and we’ll find tapioca starch maltodextrin in many certified organic, non-GMO products, so that’s the one to look out for; or simply choose to avoid maltodextrin altogether.

Vitamin C/ascorbic acid (from GM corn)

Nearly all the vitamin C sold in vitamins in the U.S is derived from genetically modified corn.  It’s also called ascorbic acid. Nearly all the ascorbic acid used in the natural products industry is derived from GMOs. As there is no existing supply of certified organic, non-GMO ascorbic acid available anywhere in the U.S, sourcing non-GMO vitamin C must be from outside.

Vitamin C blocks acrylamides from causing damage to the body. If Vitamin C is from a GMO source as above, we may want to rethink their source. Strawberries, blackcurrants and natural citrus juice, and dark leafy green vegetables are a much better choice of natural, full spectrum vitamin C.


Acrylamides are cancer-causing chemicals produced during the cooking of carbohydrates. For example, fried snacks contain acrylamides. These are not listed on labels because they are not ingredients, but they are chemicals produced during cooking or frying. Acrylamides have been linked to cancers.

A bag of organic snack chips (crisps in the UK) can have just as many acrylamides as a bag of conventional snack chips. This is why fried snacks such as chips should be eaten only sparingly.

As part of a healthier lifestyle it’s important to look out for and take out all of these hidden toxins. Our health may depend on it.

3 Nov, 2016

4 thoughts on “Hidden toxins

  1. I suppose our immune system is working overtime these days, with all the parasites in our foods, including genetically altered products. Do we know what we’re digesting at any given time?

    Very informative blog, thank you.

    1. You’re welcome Tim. I like to put information out there that helps us identify what we’re doing and what we could do better. That helps us create a much healthier lifestyle.

      I do think there is absolutely some truth in your response. It would be difficult to know fully what we’re digesting at any given time. I personally don’t see how we can, but if we know a little more about production and what goes into our foods, I think we would be more mindful about what we put into our body.

      Some of us may not want to know of course, but it would certainly help those of us who do want to know. I believe Governments should be more accountable to the food industry.

  2. Tim’s absolutely right. It would be great to move away from all processed foods and only eat organic, but it is still really hard to do that.

    I guess we must be as careful as we can with the source and ingredients of the non-organic foods we eat.

    1. Yes although eating organic is better than eating some non-organic food, it’s still too costly to produce; people aren’t buying it and therefore growers have backed off a little.

      That said, we must always be careful with what we put into our bodies, particularly as we seem to be exercising less and eating a little more than say our parents did. Society has changed and so has people’s thinking.

      It’s important we all take responsibility for ourselves and learn to be a little more pro-active around our health, including what we eat.

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