New Study Links Common Food Additive To Cancer


By Cooking Panda

If you want to read something horribly distressing that is not related to politics, here’s something for you: new research is now suggesting that emulsifiers in food — we’re talking chemicals like xanthan gum, carrageenan and lecithin, all of which are typically used to boost a food product’s shelf life and help its texture — are potentially linked to cancer.


The study, which came out in the journal Cancer Research, says that tumors in the bowels of mice seem to have been triggered after mice were given the emulsifiers, which seemed to attack the good bacteria living in the rodents.

Unfortunately, colorectal cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide; in fact, in 2012, it was responsible for approximately 700,000 deaths. 

“The incidence of colorectal cancer has been markedly increasing since the mid-20th century,” said Dr. Emilie Viennois, assistant professor in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences, in the study. “A key feature of this disease is the presence of an altered intestinal microbiota that creates a favorable niche for tumorigenesis.”

That’s right — these emulsifiers are literally creating a favorable niche, or, in other words, a hotspot breeding ground for cancer.

Here’s the issue: these emulsifiers are lurking everywhere. If you want your ice cream to have that smooth and creamy texture, you need the emulsifiers; you need them for water and oil to blend instead of separate, and forget enjoying any processed foods ever again without them.

The researchers do say that additional research needs to be thoroughly conducted before anybody can conclusively say that emulsifiers are proven cancer-causing agents, and they also note that animal studies are not necessarily replicated in humans. 

Still, it is worth noting that the mice that were fed the two common emulsifiers had gut microbiota compositions that were drastically changed, and made them more pro-inflammatory, and thus more likely to be hospitable to colorectal cancer.

Sources: Science Daily / Photo Credit: Jelly Belly/Instagram

Tags: Cancer, emulsifier, food additive, food research, mice
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Eating Kinder Bars And Other Delicious Chocolates Could Be Really Dangerous


By Cooking Panda

German watchdog Food Watch has found in Kinder chocolate bars and other snacks not joy, not sweetness, not comfort, but carcinogens.

You know, that substance that can cause cancer.

The organization is pushing for a recall of some Kinder, Ferrero and Aldi products after scientists tested the treats positive for mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAHs), according to The Local.

If that doesn’t already sound like something that doesn’t belong in your body, Food Watch added that MOAHs can “damage the human genome,” Metro reports.

The European Food Safety Authority backs up these claims, having called MOAHs “likely” “carcinogenic and mutagenic.”

Despite concerns, both Kinder and Ferrero have denied requests to recall any products.

Ferrero said in a statement that traces of mineral oils “exist nearly everywhere in the environment” (hooray!) and could have found their way into candies through the packaging or transportation process.

“… [We] are working on technical solutions to minimize these omnipresent substances as much as possible and to avoid transfer and migration to food,” the statement read.

The Association of the German Confectionary Agency (BDSI) said that MOAHs are found only in packaging as a result of recycled materials being used – and the food inside is safe to eat, reported The Local.

Foodwatch campaigner Johannes Heeg isn’t buyin’ it. He said BDSI’s language is too dismissive.

“You can’t see [MOAH], you can’t taste it, but it’s in there,” he said. 

Sources: The / Photo credit: Rex/

Tags: Cancer, chocolate, health, kinder
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