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May 29, 2013 by EDITOR
The Pickle Challenge - Try To Find A Grocery Brand of Pickles Without The Following Toxic Ingredients

Eating pickles is a favorite past time and popular snack or side dish, especially in the summer. They even have significant health benefits if properly prepared, fermented and naturally preserved. However, the biggest names in pickles available at major grocery retailers use artificial sweeteners, dangerous preservatives and even dyes which turn this ancient delicacy into a toxic brew of chemicals. So we have one challenge for you...find us a brand of pickles at a major grocery retailer that does not contain the following chemicals.

We'll post a follow-up with a list of the most healthiest brands and also the major brands to avoid.

Here's a list of ingredients that are popular in many brands of pickles. They have no place in a jar of pickles, yet you'll find these chemicals on almost every major brand. If any of these ingredients are listed in a jar of pickles in your fridge, throw it out and seek a healthier alternative:


- Polysorbate 80
- High Fructose Corn Syrup
- Alum
- Potassium Sorbate
- Potassium Benzoate
- Sodium Benzoate
- Sodium Phosphate
- Natural Flavors
- Yellow #5
- Tartrazine
- Turmeric Oleoresin

Polysorbate 80
This is one of the most popular ingredients in pickled products. Polysorbate 80 has been found to negatively affect the immune system and cause severe anaphylactic shock which can kill. Food and Chemical Toxicology has shown that Polysorbate 80 causes infertility. It accelerates maturing, causes changes to the vagina and womb lining, hormonal changes, ovary deformities and degenerative follicles. What is very suspicious about this ingredient is its addition to vaccines. Scientists are obviously aware of its ability to cause infertility yet it continues to appear in children's vaccines. You will also commonly find this in a child's favorite treat, ice cream.

High Fructose Corn Syrup
Results presented at the 2013 Canadian Neuroscience Meeting shows that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) can cause behavioural reactions similar to those produced by drugs of abuse such as cocaine. HFCS causes insulin resistance, diabetes, hypertension, increased weight gain, and not to mention is manufactured from genetically modified corn. The CRA felt that changing the name would somehow create "clarity" for consumers.

All forms of alum can cause irritation of mucous membranes. Alum can upset the ionic equilibrium in your bloodstream. The primary concern with alum is longterm exposure to low levels of the chemical. It can slowly cause degeneration of nervous system tissue. Animal data shows exposure could lead to an increased risk of certain cancers, brain plaques or Alzheimer's Disease.

Potassium Sorbate
The food industry and its scientists will parrot endless myths that potassium sorbate is not a health threat because of its safety record and non-toxic profile. As always depending where your source your information, facts that contradict safety records are easy to find.

Food and chemical toxicology reports have labeled potassium sorbate as a carcinogen, showing positive mutation results in the cells of mammals. Other studies have shown broad systemic and toxic effects on non-reproductive organs in animals. No long term studies have ever been initiated on either animals or humans, so there is simply not enough evidence to theorize what could happen after years of ingesting this preservative. However, based on short-term carcinogenic and toxic effects, is it worth the risk to find out?

Potassium an Sodium Benzoate
Sodium Benzoate can convert into lethal carcinogenic poison when combined with absorbic acid. Professor Peter Piper, a professor of molecular biology and biotechnology, tested the impact of sodium benzoate on living yeast cells in his laboratory. What he found alarmed him: the benzoate was damaging an important area of DNA in the "power station" of cells known as the mitochondria. "These chemicals have the ability to cause severe damage to DNA in the mitochondria to the point that they totally inactivate it: they knock it out altogether." he stated.

Potassium benzoate often shows up in seemingly innocuous foods such as apple cider, low-fat salad dressings, syrups, jams, olives, and pickles. It is just as hazardous as Sodium Benzoate so read your labels. It is an artificial color used to make foods and other products more visually appealing or appetizing.

Sodium Phosphate
Listed under names like "sodium phosphate," "calcium phosphate" and "phosphoric acid," there are dozens of different phosphate-containing food additives used in hundreds of processed foods. Look for this ingredient which frequently appears in packaged frozen fish and seafood. Studies show that even among healthy adults, people with higher phosphate levels have higher mortality rates. Sodium phosphates cause a more rapid progression of the specific ailments such as chronic kidney disease. Phosphate additives have also been linked to an increased risk of heart disease and they're linked to accelerated aging and interfering with the way your body activates vitamin D.

Natural Flavors
The food additive "MSG" is a slow poison which hides behind dozens of names, such as natural flavoring, yeast extract, autolyzed yeast extract, textured protein and many others. There are a growing number of Clinicians and Scientists who are convinced that excitotoxins play a critical role in the development of several neurological disorders, including migraines, seizures, infections, abnormal neural development, certain endocrine disorders, specific types of obesity, and especially the neurodegenerative diseases; a group of diseases which includes: ALS, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease, and olivopontocerebellar degeneration.

Tartrazine or Yellow #5
Tartrazine can also be seen on ingredient labels as FD&C yellow 5, E102 or 19140. It is one of a group of dyes in many foods and has been proven to cause many different side-effects and allergic reactions in people. These can include: anxiety, migraines, asthma attacks, blurred vision, eczema, other skin rashes, thyroid cancer, Eosinophilia (increase in specific forms of white blood cells), clinical depression, ADHD or hyperactivity, hives, permanent DNA damage, heart palpitations, rhinitis, sleep disturbances/insomnia, general all-over weakness.

Turmeric Oleoresin
Turmeric is one of the best spices in the world right? But Turmeric Oleoresin is obtained using volatile solvents for extraction and then concentration to remove the solvent. Toxicity and carcinogenicity studies show that administering turmeric oleoresin to rats causes cancers and increased thyroid gland cell hyperplasia. If a company lists only turmeric on the label, call them to make sure it is not turmeric oleoresin.

Major Brands to Avoid (help us expand this this list)
Roland Dill
B&G Kosher Dill

Naturally Preserved Pickles Are An Asset To Any Stomach

Pickles on need vinegar as a preservative. They don't need sugar, salt, or any of the above toxic ingredients. The fermentation process used to make pickles or the simple vinegar method each provides its own health benefits. Pickles that are made using the fermentation process include natural properties that kill harmful bacteria and microbes in the stomach and intestine. Pickles made using vinegar will provide health benefits by strengthening the immune system, which are stimulating during cold and flu season.

Other health benefits of pickles come from the herbs and spices used to make them. Sweet pickles which rely on sugar are not effective for the gut since they hinder the absorption of certain nutrients.

Help us shed light on all the toxic pickled products out there. We want to list all their names and why you should avoid them.


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