Toxic Food in our Supermarkets

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I was in the supermarket the other day, doing my usual weekly shop, but this time it took alot longer than usual, I was checking every single ingredient in what I picked up, and honestly it scared me, especially being a Mum to two little Boys.

I have been reading alot recently about GMO’s, I find it so sad that our Food is supposed to provide us nourishment and health but because of the toxins it contains, what we consume has become a major threat to our health.
Some toxic substances are added to our food physically, through adulteration, while some enter our food system chemically, through pesticide residues, some toxins enter the food chain genetically, through genetic engineering of seeds and crops, even food packaging can be a source of toxins in food.. pretty freeky right?

gmo collage

I have listed below a few nasty ingredients I spotted when shopping, take a read and let me know your thoughts.

1: Parabens.
Parabens are used to prevent mold and yeast formation in food, and they’re also used in cosmetics and toothpaste, Although they exist in nature, the parabens used in commercial products are created synthetically.

Why it’s scary: It’s been documented that parabens act as mild estrogens, and according to the Environmental Working Group, they can disrupt the natural balance of hormones in your body.
In a Japanese study, male rats fed propyl paraben daily for four weeks suffered lower sperm and testosterone production, and other studies have found parabens present in breast cancer tissues.
Found in certain types of sauces, desserts, soft drinks, jams, pickles, frozen dairy products, processed vegetables and flavouring syrups.

2)Nitrates and nitrites:
Nitrogen-based compounds are essential for digestion in small amounts, They occur naturally but are synthetically produced for use in fertilizer and as food additives, they are commonly used to cure processed meats.

Why it’s scary: Nitrates and nitrites have a tendency to fuse with amino acids to become carcinogenic nitrosamines. Ironically, the processed meats into which nitrates are commonly added are rich with amino acids, making nitrosamine formation very likely. In addition to concerns about cancer, increased nitrate and nitrite intake has been linked to deaths in Alzheimer’s, type 2 diabetes, and Parkinson’s patients.
Found in certain kinds of Hotdogs, bacon, and deli meat.

3: Blue #2:
An artificial dye used to color food. It can be used alone or mixed with other dyes, and the goal is typically to suggest the appearance of natural food.

Why it’s scary: A study published by the Center for Science in the Public Interest showed that the ingestion of Blue #2 led to increases in tumor development in the brain and mammary glands in lab rats. The FDA (USA) dismissed these findings, citing a variety of nebulous weaknesses in the study’s methods.
The bottom line: whether or not artificial dyes are harmful, the foods they appear in are the most heavily processed, nutritionally bankrupt foods in the supermarket.
Found in certain kinds of cereals, candy and cake toppers.

4: Aspartame:
A zero-calorie artificial sweetener made by combing two amino acids with methanol. Most commonly used in diet soda, aspartame is 180 times sweeter than sugar.

Why it’s scary: Over the past 30 years, the FDA (USA) has received thousands of consumer complaints due mostly to neurological symptoms such as headaches dizziness, memory loss, and, in rare cases, epileptic seizures. Many studies have shown the sweetener to be completely harmless, while other have linked the additive to cancer.
A 2006 Italian study found that rats fed high daily doses of aspartame—the equivalent of nearly 3 liters for a 150-pound human—experienced higher levels of lymphomas, leukemia, and other types of cancer.
Still, after reviewing the study, the FDA concluded that the results weren’t strong enough to warrant the confectionary chemical’s removal from the market.
Found in Diet Coke & Diet Pepsi

5:Caramel Coloring
An artificial pigment created by heating sugars. Frequently, this process includes ammonia.

Why it’s scary: Caramel coloring shows up in everything from soft drinks and sauces to breads and pastries. When made from straight sugar, it’s relatively benign. But when produced with ammonia it puts off 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole, chemicals that have been linked to cancer in mice.
The risk is strong enough that the California government, a bellwether for better food regulation, categorized 4-methylimidazole as “known to cause cancer”. Unfortunately, companies aren’t required to disclose whether their coloring is made with ammonia, so you’d be wise to avoid it as much as you can.
Found in Colas and other soft drinks and certain brands of Soy Sauce.

Its pretty scary isn’t it, the list goes on and on…

In my home, I stick to fruits & veg, organically grown where possible, I try to grow as much as possible during the cooler season, but I find it impossible in the blazing heat of the summer, especially as we travel.
There are some good options though for fresh produce, The Box is a great online store in Qatar, where you can buy locally produced and imported organic fruit and veg, this is their website, they also home deliver.
Also the Fruit & Veg market is a great place, to go, which is located in Abu Hamour.

What are your thoughts on this?

Based in Qatar, for the past 14 years, originally from the UK, born & bred in Newcastle, UK. Mum of 2 wicked boys and a beautiful little girl. I adore good food, good fashion and beauty product obsessed. Love women who come together instead of against each other.


  1. Mariam El-Fahoum

    May 20, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    its awful the stuff we find in most foods I stick to veggies and fruits too but I admitt I don’t always buy it organic can be a bit pricey specially since ive started a raw food diet but gd advice kellie and thanks for the suggestion.

  2. NouNou

    May 20, 2014 at 7:06 pm


  3. Anita@StyleThoseNails

    May 20, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Great post. I think gov should ban such products. We also like to buy fresh fruits n veggies. But wht about food we consume in restaurants ??

  4. Sarah D

    May 20, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    It’s disgusting!
    But great to be reminded, we need more awareness about this, especially in Qatar, where junk food thrives

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