Thinking about eating some fast food today? Think again. The more people read about fast food facts the more likely they are to switch to a healthier food alternative. French fries, burgers, chicken nuggets, sodas and pretty much anything in the whole universe of fast food contain a ton of ingredients you may want to think twice before ingesting that into your body. Today, we present you 10 chemicals commonly found in your favorite fast foods.
Polyfluoroalkyl Phosphate Esters are chemicals used in fast-food packaging to make it grease and waterproof but eventually leach to the food inside the packaging and end up in your bloodstream. Linked to a number of health problems, including cancer and liver disease, PAPs are the same substances used to make Teflon.
An active ingredient in a variety of acne creams, this chemical is used by many fast food companies during bread production for bleaching wheat flour.
3. Sodium Nitrite and Sodium Nitrate
Found in foods such as bacon, sausage, hot dog or ham, these chemicals are used by fast food restaurants as an additive to retain meat color and to inhibit bacterial growth on the food. Both chemicals can break down into nitrosamines, substances with the potential to cause cancer.
4. Caramel Coloring
Caramel coloring can be found in sodas, sauces and desserts and contain 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole. Both ingredients have been linked to cancer.
5. Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate
Used in shampoo and soaps, this chemical is found in fast food bread as a dough conditioner.
6. Calcium Disodiummm EDTA
Fast food companies use this chemical as a flavor protectant in sauces, dips and dressings. The same ingredient is used as a stabilizer for personal care products.
7. Disodium Phosphate
Commonly used as a food preservative, it is also often found in mascara and mouthwash products.
8. Ammonium Glycyrrhizin
Fast food chains uses it as a flavor enhances but personal care companies use the exact same chemical in facial mask products.
PhIP (2-Amino-1-methyl-6-phenylimidazo pyridine) is a chemical found in fast food grilled chicken which has been associated with human breast, prostate and colon cancers.
10. Benzoate Preservatives
BHT, BHA, and TBHQ are compounds used by fast food chains to preserve fats and prevent them to become rancid.
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