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.
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.
- Avoid These 100 Dangerous Food Additives That Cause Adhd, Asthma and Cancer (secretsofthefed.com)
- Ingredients to Avoid In ANY Food you Consume (spyghana.com)
- Christina Sarich ~ Are GMO Crops Producing Health-Compromising, Fake Hormones In Your Body? (shiftfrequency.com)
- What is Causing Breast Cancer in Young Women? (Mercola.com) (edencultures.com)
- Bisphenol A Released from Dental Sealants and Composites (healthimpactnews.com)
- Top Ten Foods For Protection From Estrogen (oneradionetwork.com)