The 30 Worst Toxic Ingredients & Pollutants

The 30 Worst Toxic Ingredients & Pollutants
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Acesulfame K Food products and carbonated drinks Artificial sweetener Possible carcinogen; disrupts thyroid function
Aspartame (NutraSweet)  Used in soft drinks Sugar substitute Seizures, headaches and dizziness. Can
activate cancer hormones in humans
Benzaldehyde Perfume, hairspray, laundry and dishwasher products Fragrance CNS depressant; causes kidney damage
and irritation to lungs, throat, eyes
Benzyl Acetate Perfume, fabric softener, deodorant Fragrance and food flavoring; also a solvent Irritates respiratory tract. Carcinogenic,
linked to pancreatic cancer
Bisphenol-A (BPA) In plastic bottles used by the food and toiletries industry Chemical used to harden plastics; synthetic estrogen Damages DNA and sperm in men; mimics
estrogen and disrupts hormones
Bronopol Facial exfoliants, moisturizers, make-up removers, body wash Anti-bacterial preservative in cosmetic and pharmaceuticals Releases formaldehyde and carcinogenic nitrosamines
Butyl benzyl phthalate Floor tiles; upholstery Plasticizer for vinyl and foam products CarciButyl benzyl phthalatenogenic
Colors (e.g. Tartrazine, Sunset yellow, etc) Used in cosmetics and food products (juices, cereals, coffee) Add artificial coloring All coal tar dyes are carcinogenic; evidence that colors may react with other chemical ingredients
Di-, Tri-, Mono-ethanolamine (DEA, TEA and MEA) Children’s bubble bath, shower gel, shampoo, facial cleansers Foaming agent Hormone disruptor; can release cancer causing nitrosamines; liver and kidney cancer
Diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) Fragrance base in perfumery and cosmetic products Used a plasticizer in PVC and plastic products Damages gastro-intestinal and respiratory tracts; endocrine disruptor; can cause irregular heart patterns
DMDM Hydantoin Antiperspirants, multiple skin and hair products Formaldehyde-forming preservative Joint pain, depression, headaches, insomnia, asthma
Fluoride Toothpaste, water, food products Allegedly prevents cavities and strengthens teeth Neurotoxin associated with dementia, depression and central nervous system disorders
High Fructose Corn Syrup Used in fruit drinks, desserts and cakes Food sweetener Causes obesity, raises cholesterol and increases risk of diabetes, liver damage and stroke
Hydrogenated Oil Margarine, spreads, crackers and biscuits Increases the shelf-life of food products Linked to heart disease, cell deterioration and nutritional deficiencies
Hydroquinone Skin products Skin lightener and moisturizer Has been shown to cause skin cancer in rats
Imidazolidinyl Urea Baby bath soap, body products, nail polish, antiperspirants Antimicrobial preservative Releases formaldehyde. Asthma, chronic fatigue, heart palpitations; carcinogenic
Isopropyl alcohol Hair colorants, body and hand lotions, after-shave A solvent and denaturant (toxic substance that changes another substance’s natural qualities) Depression, headaches, dizziness, nausea, narcosis
Lead and Mercury Hair dye, amalgam fillings, infant vaccinations Preservative Neurotoxin, also linked with ADHD
Limonene Shaving cream, air freshener, varnish remover Fragrance and food flavoring; insecticide Respiratory problems. Carcinogenic
Linalool Hand lotion, shaving cream, after shave and perfume Mainly used as a fragrance; but also flea and cockroach insecticide; mosquito repellent Eczema; Central nervous system disruptor. Narcotic. Attracts bees and wasps.
Methylene chloride Aerosol sprays, paint stripper; tea and coffee Solvent used to decaffeinate coffee and tea Carcinogen and CNS disruptor; reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood
Nano-particles Sunscreens, make-up, mascara, eye shadow, antiperspirant Micro-fine particle technology (smaller than 100 nanometers) Faster absorption of
chemical ingredient; greater damage to skin and organs
Petrolatum (Mineral Oil) Baby Oil, Vaseline Surfactant and binding agent Acne, premature skin ageing. Inhibits skin’s ability to breathe and expel toxins
Monosodium glutamate Used in sausages, salad dressing, canned soup and fizzy drinks Increases the shelf-life of instant and ready-made food An excito-toxin that suppresses nerve impulses and causes cell death
Parabens Multiple toiletries and cosmetic products Preservative Implicated in breast cancer due to estrogenic properties
Propylene glycol (PG), (PEG) Used in anti-freeze, brake fluid, shampoo, shower gel, moisturizers Industrial wetting agent and solvent Dermatitis, liver and kidney damage
Silica Face powder, eye shadow Caking agent Easily inhaled; crystalline silica listed as carcinogenic
Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) Engine de-greaser used in shampoo, toothpaste, etc Foaming agent Forms cancer-causing nitrosamines when reacting with other chemicals. Damage to eyes and skin; collects in heart, lungs, liver and brain
Sodium nitrite Used in foods like sausages, bacon and other processed meat products Color-fixing chemical used to create red pigment in meat Potentially carcinogenic
Triclosan Soaps, toothpastes and deodorants Anti-bacterial Central nervous system disruption. Detected in breast milk; interferes with testosterone


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