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Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

If animal or plant based produce is listed as a GMO, this means that changes have been made to their DNA through genetic modification. This is not an uncommon concept, especially when we consider the fact the majority of corn, soybeans, canola and cotton crops in the United States are genetically modified, one of which is sure to be found in almost any processed food on the market.

Adding GMO ingredients to a product can increase toxicity and susceptibility to allergies and put consumers at a higher risk of cancer.

While there are a number of worries relating to the use of GMOs, there is also a risk of food shortage if they were to be banned.

BHA/BHT

BHA/BHT is fried oil that has been used, cooled, reheated and reused. This is the process used in some restaurants, for example in an industrial deep fat fryer.

Consuming this oil can negatively affect your sleeping habits, increase your appetite despite the body not needing food or energy, or cause detrimental health effects such as liver or kidney damage, baldness, cancer, fetal abnormalities and behavioural problems.

Sodium Nitrite and Nitrate

These are preservatives, commonly added to processed or canned foods, specifically meat, such as corned beef, ham, hot dogs, lunch meat, bacon and sausage. They have been linked to cancers of the stomach and pancreas.

Caffeine

Over 80% of Americans consume caffeine each day. While caffeine is fine in moderation in natural forms, such as coffee, tea or cocoa, it is also used as an additive in soft drinks, diet pills, painkillers and gum. In this form, it serves as an addictive stimulant, causing calcium to be expelled from the bones, leading to a greatly heightened risk of osteoporosis and infertility. It can also cause birth defects, miscarriages, depression, insomnia, changes in behavior and heart disease.