Foods That Contain Estrogenic Additives, Xenoestrogens

I do not have any mayo in the house but I am pretty sure the last time I read the ingredients label I did not see this: Propyl Gallate  & I am also sure that the last time I bought shrimp I did not see any labeling or signs that said it contained : 4-Hexyl Resorcinol.  I was busy doing research on foods that contain estrogen and I came across some info that certainly has me thinking twice about a lot of the food that I eat.

A discovery that two commonly used food additives are estrogenic has led scientists to suspect that many ingredients added to the food supply may be capable of altering hormones.

More than 3,000 preservatives, flavorings, colors and other ingredients are added to food in the United States, and none of them are required to undergo testing for estrogenic activity, according to the Food and Drug Administration. “We need to be mindful of these food additives because they could be adding to the total effect of other estrogen mimicking compounds we’re coming into contact with,” said Clair Hicks, a professor of food science at the University of Kentucky and spokesperson for the Institute of Food Technologists, a nonprofit scientific group. “The benefits of using these additives in food need to be weighed against the risks they present,” Hicks said.

In a study published in December, Italian researchers screened 1,500 food additives using computer-modeling software, a much faster and cheaper approach than testing lab rats. The researchers first used modeling to identify 13 molecules that could hypothetically bind with an estrogen receptor, a group of molecules activated by the hormone. Like a clenched fist that fits into the palm of a hand, potentially estrogenic molecules will “fit” inside the receptor, indicating they could interact and alter hormones. Then, the researchers exposed cells to the 13 food additives, which confirmed that two have estrogen-mimicking properties. Known as “xenoestrogens,” these substances have been linked to reproductive problems in animals and perhaps humans. The first food additive, propyl gallate, is a preservative used to prevent fats and oils from spoiling that can be found in a range of foods including baked goods, shortening, dried meats, candy, fresh pork sausage, mayonnaise and dried milk. The second additive, 4-hexyl resorcinol, is used to prevent shrimp, lobsters, and other shellfish from discoloring.

Nature has already staked it’s claim on producing vegetables that have estrogen. Most cruciferious veggies do contain what are plant estrogens. This is a natural occurence and nothing to be alarmed about. But if food additives have estrogen then I am a little worried. That’s because these are chemical, man made estrogens that our bodies may not be able to assimilate and may be overloading us with what can be a dangerous amount.

So far the best advice given is to stay away from any processed foods and to only shop around the perimeter of the super market. Stay away from the aisles. That’s where all the processed food with these mysterious additive are found and it looks like not all the additives are making it onto the label. unfortunately it appears that our seafood is being doused in these additives as well. So what about our chicken,beef,lamb,and turkey?

Something to think about.


6 thoughts on “Foods That Contain Estrogenic Additives, Xenoestrogens

  1. That is something I think about a lot. I try my best to stir from the microwave, drinking out of plastics etc. Excellent post. I am working on stirring clear from isles and overindulgence on any form of sweets. I believe, i speak for a lot of us in saying, we sure would hope to hear more on this matter. It is vital to our testestorone health. Thanks bro.

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