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The Harmful Food Additives and Colorants in Potato and Corn Chips
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The Harmful Food Additives and Colorants in Potato and Corn Chips

A packet of potato or corn chips contains many harmful food additives and colorants. Prolonged consumption could result in many health problems. The next time I come near a bag Doritos, I will think twice of purchasing it, despite my need for a salt rush.

Many of the additives used are industrial chemicals, and conventional mainstream testing has tended to downplay the carcinogenic effects of these dangerous, artificial food additives and colorants.


TBHQ is a preservative and is derived from butane. There are many nasty side effects with this cancer causing oil-based chemical, including vomiting, nausea, asthma, low estrogen levels, rhinitis, and hyperactivity. Laboratory animals exposed to TBHQ have been shown to have a higher risk developing stomach cancer. Tertiary Butyl hydroquinone or TBHQ also aggravates ADHD.

TBHQ is an industrial chemical and is used in varnishes, lacquers, resins, cosmetics and skincare products. It is used in the manufacture explosive compounds.

Aspartame (E951)

Aspartame (E951) is an artificial sweetener and is made up of aspartic acid, phenylalanine and methanol. This additive causes blurred vision, hearing loss, asthma, blackouts, tinnitus, and breathing problems. High levels of aspartame in the blood can lead to the destruction of brain cells. Aspartame was classification as a neurotoxic drug by the FDA and withdrawn in 2002.

Tartrazine (E102)

Tartrazine is an azo dye and is derived from coal tar. It has been linked to hot flushes, allergies, asthma, blurred vision, migraines, fatigue, anxiety, and hyperactivity in children. Yellow 5 or tartrazine is used in textiles, printing, and paper-manufacturing.

MSG (E621)

MSG (E621) or Yellow 5 is a flavor enhancer and causes headaches, nausea, vomiting, sweating, flushing, wheezing and numbness in the face.

Sodium inosinate (E631)

Sodium inosinate (E631) is prepared from animal sources such fish and meat. Side effects are asthma and gout. Being derived from animal products is not suitable for vegetarians.

Sodium guanylate (E627)

Sodium guanylate (E627) is produced from yeast or fish (sardines) and can cause asthma and gout. It is not suitable for vegetarians.

Arorubine E122

Arorubine E122 is a red food coloring and is one the azo family of dyes. Reactions to E122 are increase in severity of asthma, and hyperactivity in children.

Sunset Yellow E110

Sunset Yellow E110 is an azo dye and is used as a yellow food coloring.

*Azo dyes are synthetic and are used to provide a wide range of food colorings.



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