Toxic compounds can be found in many everyday objects, including foods and beverages. Here are some recent discoveries and tips on what to avoid using or consuming.
Recent studies have unveiled a concerning array of potentially harmful substances in everyday items, including food, beverages, clothing, and medications. From the World Health Organization’s declaration of aspartame as a possible carcinogen to the discovery of toxic chemicals in children’s toys and mislabeled melatonin products, the findings highlight the need for increased vigilance and awareness among consumers and healthcare providers. This article investigates the details of these discoveries and offers insights into the potential risks associated with commonly used products.
- Aspartame Concerns:
- WHO declared aspartame a possible carcinogen in July.
- Found in diet sodas and other artificially sweetened products.
- WHO advises against non-sugar sweeteners (NSS) for potential negative impacts on metabolism and health risks.
- Sports Drinks Mislabeling:
- Some sports drinks found to contain incorrect or banned ingredients.
- Potential harm to immune and cardiovascular systems.
- Sparkling Waters and PFAS:
- Consumer Reports found per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in certain sparkling water brands.
- Topo Chico had the highest PFAS level at 9.76 ppt.
- Linked to health problems including cancer.
- PFAS in Clothing:
- Brands like Thinx found to contain PFAS.
- $5 million lawsuit settlement regarding PFAS discovery.
- SCCPs in Household Items:
- Toxic SCCPs found in children’s toys and household items.
- Linked to potential cancer risks and organ damage.
- Mislabeled Melatonin:
- Research revealed mislabeling in melatonin products, ranging from 74% to 347% of listed dosages.
- Inconsistencies pose challenges for safe dosages.
- Ozempic Concerns:
- Trending as a weight loss drug but revealed to have serious side effects.
- Includes thyroid tumors, pancreatitis, vision changes, kidney failure, and cancer.
- PFAS in Various Products:
- Found in sportswear, rain gear, and other clothing.
- Can enter the body through oral and dermal contact.
- Melatonin and Sleep Hygiene:
- Doctors recommend sleep hygiene practices in lieu of melatonin.
- The findings emphasize the importance of proper labeling, awareness, and caution in the use and consumption of everyday products and medications, highlighting potential health risks that may be overlooked.
Did You Know?
The quantity of melatonin in the recommended dose of certain products ranged from 74% to 347% of what was listed on the label, revealing a significant inconsistency that can pose challenges for safe dosages.