In this article, we’re going to discuss about a byproduct of the petroleum industry and is extremely dangerous. It can be mostly found in Ramen noodles and it goes by the name of Tertiary-butyl hydroquinone or just TBHQ. This is a chemical which is very detrimental to our health and can’t even be digested. Here, we’ve also prepared you a time lapse video by a gastrointestinal specialist who used a camera inside the stomach of a patient to compare the difference between preserved and fresh Ramen noodles. Only 2 hours later, the results shocked everyone around!
Dr. Braden Kuo of the Massachusetts General Hospital was the first one to perform this kind of an experiment about what happens to our digestive tract after we consume Ramen noodles.
The camera is actually a “smart pill” and it’s in the size of a multi-vitamin pill. Dr. Kuo managed to record for 32 hours from the pill camera.
The volunteers for this study also ate fresh Ramen noodles which were homemade, but on different days. There is a remarkable difference which can be seen after 20 minutes and after 2 hours of the video. The doctor noticed that processed ramen noodles stayed less broken that homemade ramen noodles. This means that preservatives stay in the stomach for a longer period of time and nutrient absorption is disturbed.
What Is TBHQ?
When processed foods are prepared, this chemical is usually sprayed on the packing or the food itself to prevent changes in odor, color as well as discoloration. It’s also included in cosmetic products to make them more stable: lacquers, perfumes and varnishes.
There isn’t a risk of small amounts of TBHQ, but organ weakening and contributing to the appearance or various types of tumors and cancers.
According to the FDA, TBHQ must not exceed 0.02% of its fat and oil content. There is death recorded even when it was ingested in amount smaller than 5 grams. The dose in foods is smaller, but shows that it’s really a toxic chemical.
It was tested on lab animals which were given higher doses. The tests showed damage in their DNA as well as stomach tumors.
The ingestion of 1 gram of this chemical can cause diarrhea, nausea, delirium, anaphylactic shock, vomiting, ringing in the ears, collapse and a sense of suffocation. There are also some recordings of asthma, night terrors, anxiety, swollen lymph nodes and a body rash.
Mcnuggets found in the United States contain TBHQ, but it isn’t present in the European chicken nuggets. Why is that so?
Here are also other foods which contain this toxic chemical:
-Mcdonalds French fries and chicken nuggets
-Keebler Club crackers
-CHEEZ-IT Crackers by Kellogs
– Resee’s Peanut butter cups and Butterfinger chocolate
-Pam cooking spray
-Taco bell beans as well as some of the taco shells
-Red Barron frozen pizza
-Kellogs eggo frozen waffles and other products by Kellogs
-Homestyle Peanut butter cookies
-Some pet foods
– Some M&M products and Little Debbie’s nutty bars
-KFC beans and fried chicken
-Many baby products as well as cosmetic products
-Different cereals, breads and crackers
-Some forms of soymilk
-Some eyeshadows, hair dyes and lipsticks
Unfortunately, the list is much longer. Make sure you avoid these that you know by now so that you can stay safe and healthy as much as you can and stay away from toxic chemicals!
Article and image source: http://realfarmacy.com/the-petroleum-byproduct-you-are-most-likely-eating/