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Dangerous Ingredients Found In Everyday Products
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Sodium Nitrate

  • What It’s Used In: Lunch Meat and Other Packaged Foods
  • Problems Caused: Heart Disease

Sodium Nitrate is almost impossible to avoid. It is mostly in any packaged product, especially bacon, jerky, hot dogs, lunch meat, and much more. It acts as a food preservative, which tends to work out pretty well. The issue is that, due to our large overexposure to sodium nitrate, we’re likely to experience health complications from it. SN mostly affects our blood vessels, as it damages them and makes them more likely to harden or narrow. Thus causing various heart diseases. Some, such as the World Health Organization, have claimed sodium nitrates could be carcinogenic.

Dangerous Ingredients Found In Everyday Products
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High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

  • What It’s Used In: Baked Goods, Soft Drinks, Etc.
  • Problems Caused: High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Obesity, Insulin Resistance

High Fructose Corn Syrup is something we could likely spend an entire article discussing. It mostly operates as a sweetener, which is why it tends to be in a lot of baked goods, soft drinks, and other things like them. Obviously, this is involving sugar which we know is bad for us with long-term use. In spite of what soft drink and food companies want you to believe, HFCS is bad. They cause insulin resistance, obesity, type 2 diabetes, as well as high blood pressure.

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Arsenic

  • What It’s Used In: Bronzing, Pyrotechnics, Preserving Wood, Etc.
  • Problems Caused: Cancer, Lung Disease, Heart Disease

Arsenic is one of the most dangerous ingredients one could ever hope to add to something. It has been used in bronzing, pyrotechnics, and the development of specialized glass. On top of preserving wood. However, the U.S. FDA calls it a known carcinogenic as it can cause skin, bladder, and lung cancer. Along with heart disease. This has made it a popular item to poison people with.

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Lead

  • What It’s Used In: Ammunition, Weights, Car Batteries, Etc.
  • Problems Caused: Brain and Kidney Damage

While lead is somewhat naturally occurring, it is one of the most toxic things humans ever used. Today, we still use it for radiation protection, ammunition, car batteries, weights, and storing corrosive liquids. Yet history shows us that lead poisons the human body. It does this by absorbing calcium, harming blood cells. This will then rework our bodies, thus damaging our nerves, blood vessels, and bones. Leading to brain and kidney damage.

Where do we find this stuff? Here are our sources:

United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Center For Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)

National Institutes Of Health (NIH)

American Cancer Society

Queensland Government Health

Cleveland Clinic

Mayo Clinic

Oxford Journal of Neuropathy & Experimental Neurology

Harvard University

Stanford University

Scientific American Magazine

National Geographic

Connecticut General Assembly

Environmental Working Group

National Collaborating Centre For Environmental Health

Healthline

Live Science

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