These days, if you don’t have a food allergy or intolerance then you’re in the minority… nut allergies, lactose intolerance, gluten sensitivity… you name it, if you can eat it there’s probably an allergy that goes along with it.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not making light of the fact that food allergies can turn your life into a living hell. Not at all.
All I’m saying is: At this rate, soon we won’t be able to eat anything…
And the root of the problem is not so much our fresh organic foods, but what food manufacturers have been doing to our food for years.
Under the radar
For years, Big Food has been adding a particularly dubious chemical to packaged foods without telling us… and they managed to let it slip under the radar by keeping the amount added small enough so that food standards agencies won’t notice it.
Now it turns out, this additive may be the very reason why so many of us suffer with some form of food allergy.
A petroleum-derived chemical called tert-Butylhydroquinone, or tBHQ, which is used to extend the shelf life of foods like waffles, breads, oils, nuts and crackers to mention but a few. Recently, researchers at Michigan State University found that tBHQ may be the missing link in the recent surge in food allergies.
The researchers found that when tBHQ enters your blood stream it can hijack your T-cells, sending your immune system into hyper-defensive mode — making your body turn against itself by producing a protein that’s known to trigger allergic reactions to foods like shellfish, nuts, eggs, and even milk.
And guess what? If you look at the timeline of when food allergies started to rise and increase in their severity, it corresponds perfectly with tBHQ becoming more prevalent in packaged and processed foods.
tBHQ is listed on some foods, so check the label before you buy. But if you want to be 100 per cent sure that this stuff never enters your body, avoid eating any food that is laden with preservatives and additives. Don’t buy it. Don’t eat it!
Instead, follow a diet rich in fresh organic meats, seafood, fruit and vegetables. And if you do eat out occasionally, ditch the deep-fried items on the menu, like chips, chicken nuggets and mozzarella sticks. tBHQ is often added to those bulk-sized cooking oils.
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Common additive may be why you have food allergies, msutoday.msu.edu/news/2016/common-additive-may-be-why-you-have-food-allergies/