The top ten things food companies don’t want you to know

March 10, 2008

Another case (besides flavor and satisfaction) for real food like fruit, veg, legumes, nuts, and grains.

For the article, complete with links, you can go here

The giant food corporations have one mission: selling more food and beverage products to consumers. Succeeding with that mission depends on keeping consumers in the dark on certain issues such as the presence cancer-causing chemicals found in popular food products.
Here are ten things the food corporations, whose products dominate grocery store shelves across the United States and other countries, absolutely do not want you to know.

1. The ingredients listed on the label aren’t the only things in the food. Cancer-causing chemicals such as acrylamides may be formed in the food during high-heat processing, yet there’s no requirement to list them on the label. Residues of solvents, pesticides and other chemicals may also be present, but also do not have to be listed. The National Uniformity for Food Act, currently being debated in the U.S. Congress, would make it illegal (yes, illegal) for states to require cancer warnings on foods that contain cancer-causing chemicals (such as California’s Proposition 65.) See articles on the Food Uniformity Act.

2. Monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is added to thousands of food and grocery products through a dozen different innocent-sounding ingredients, imbalances endocrine system function, disabling normal appetite regulation and causing consumers to keep eating more food. This chemical not only contributes to nationwide obesity, it also helps food companies boost repeat business. See articles on MSG.

3. MSG is routinely hidden in foods in these ingredients: yeast extract, torula yeast, hydrolyzed vegetable protein and autolyzed yeast. Thousands of common grocery products contain one or more of these chemical taste enhancers, including nearly all “vegetarian” foods such as veggie burgers (read labels to check). See Food manufacturers hide dangerous ingredients in everyday foods by using confusing terms on the label.

4. ADHD in children is caused almost entirely by the consumption of processed food ingredients such as artificial colors and refined carbohydrates. Eighty percent of so-called ADHD children who are taken off processed foods are cured of ADHD in two weeks. See articles on ADHD.

5. The chemical sweetener aspartame, when exposed to warm temperatures for only a few hours, begins to break down into chemicals like formaldehyde and formic acid. Formaldehyde is a potent nerve toxin and causes damage to the eyes, brain and entire nervous system. Aspartame has been strongly linked to migraines, seizures, blurred vision and many other nervous system problems. See articles on aspartame.

6. Most food dips (like guacamole dip) are made with hydrogenated oils, artificial colors and monosodium glutamate. Many guacamole dips don’t even contain avocados.

7. Plastic food packaging is a potent health hazard. Scientists now know that plastics routinely seep the chemical bisphenol A into the food, where it is eaten by consumers. Cooking in plastic containers multiplies the level of exposure. Bisphenol is a hormone disruptor and can cause breast formation in men and severe hormonal imbalances in women. It may also encourage hormone-related cancers such as prostate cancer and breast cancer. See Plastics chemical bisphenol A found to promote prostate cancer in animal studies.

8. Milk produced in the United States comes from cows injected with synthetic hormones that have been banned in every other advanced nation in the world. These hormones help explain why unusually young teenage girls develop breasts at such a young age, or why hormone-related cancers like prostate cancer are being discovered in unprecedented numbers. In order to protect Monsanto, the manufacturer of hormones used in the industry, the USDA currently bans organic milk producers from claiming their milk comes from cows that were not treated with synthetic hormones. Even organic milk is now under fire as the Organic Consumers Association says Horizon milk products are falsely labeled as organic. See Horizon milk, Wild Oats named in consumer boycott of “false” organic products. (The solution to all this? Drink raw almond milk instead. Make it yourself with a Vitamix, water and a nut milk bag.)

9. Most grocery products that make loud health claims on their packaging are, in reality, nutritionally worthless (like meal replacement shakes, instant chocolate milk, etc.). The most nutritious foods are actually those the FDA does not allow to make any health claims whatsoever: fresh produce. See articles on food labeling.

10. Food manufacturers actually “buy” shelf space and position at grocery stores. That’s why the most profitable foods (and hence, the ones with the lowest quality ingredients) are the most visible on aisle end caps, checkout lanes and eye-level shelves throughout the store. The effect of all this is to provide in-store marketing and visibility to the very foods and beverages that promote obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and other degenerative conditions now ravaging consumers around the world. See articles on food marketing.


About the author: Mike Adams is a consumer health advocate with a passion for teaching people how to improve their health He is a prolific writer and has published thousands of articles, interviews, reports and consumer guides, impacting the lives of millions of readers around the world who are experiencing phenomenal health benefits from reading his articles. Adams is an honest, independent journalist and accepts no money or commissions on the third-party products he writes about or the companies he promotes. In 2007, Adams launched EcoLEDs, a manufacturer of mercury-free, energy-efficient LED lighting products that save electricity and help prevent global warming. He also founded an environmentally-friendly online retailer called that uses retail profits to help support consumer advocacy programs. He’s also a successful software entrepreneur, having founded a well known email marketing software company whose technology currently powers the NaturalNews email newsletters. Adams volunteers his time to serve as the executive director of the Consumer Wellness Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and enjoys outdoor activities, nature photography, Pilates and adult gymnastics. Known as the ‘Health Ranger,’ Adams’ personal health statistics and mission statements are located at


7 Responses to “The top ten things food companies don’t want you to know”

  1. Lucy Hancock Says:

    In Reply to Number 6

    Healthy eating benefits of dips

    Guacamole has the nutritious avocado as its main ingredient. Avocado provides antioxidants such as vitamin E and blood pressure-regulating potassium.

    Houmous is a good provider of protein, fibre and a range of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals (beneficial plant compounds) thanks to its chickpea and sesame seed content. Nutritionally speaking it counts as a vegetarian alternative to meat. While high in fat, it is mainly the heart healthier unsaturated type. Reduced fat versions are available. Different varieties of houmous such as roasted red pepper or roasted vegetable come with the natural benefits of added vegetables and often with calorie and fat savings as a result – check nutrition labels.

    Salsa is made from tomatoes, onions and chillis so is a great provider of antioxidants such as lycopene (which give tomatoes their red colour) and quercetin, a flavonoid antioxidant. It is naturally high on flavour and low in fat and calories (just 8 calories per 15g/1 level tablespoon) so ideal for satisfying the most weight conscious taste buds.

  2. Regarding point 8, you are right to point out that some organic milk in the USA has false labelling. But more importantly, nobody should consume organic milk in the USA – it is much worse for health compared to regular pasteurized milk. As explained in “organic Milk Myth” the scientific evidence for this overwhelming.

  3. I wish he would list the sources of his information. He did not pull this stuff out of thin air. I think his sources deserve some credit.

  4. Trish Scott Says:

    Lucy, thanks for the tips.

    Russell, Not a farmer but I would think that cows that feed on organic food would give “organic” milk and then you can pasteurize it or whatever — but I suppose people who think that are who you wrote the book for. Milk isn’t in my personal list of edibles anyway so I don’t care and won’t be buying the book anytime soon.

    momentofchoice, as I stated at the beginning of the post “For the article, complete with links, you can go here” I’m sure all of his sources are in the links there in the original article if you are interested.

    Thank you all for dropping by and caring enough to comment. T.

  5. T,
    I apologize, I wasn’t suggesting you should be listing his sources. I meant HE DOES NOT list his sources in his articles. That’s one of my issues with him. I’ve recently done a ton of research on this guy to see if his intentions are legitimate. There are many inconsistencies and contradictions, as well as questionable affiliations and money-making schemes. I’ve since chosen to look for other more reliable sources of health information. I’ve posted my findings on my blog if you’re interested.

  6. Irina Says:

    ADHD is NOT a “so called” disease. I happened to know quite a few families with ADHD children who eat completely unprocessed and natural foods.

    I only wish the kids could be rid of ADHD that easy. There is more to it than just food, much more.

    One of those many are the effects of immunization that can not be wiped out.

  7. Trish Scott Says:

    Right you are Irina. Thanks for making that point.

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