Thursday, July 19, 2018


The Health Supplement Ingredient That Could be Causing Cancer 
By Dr. David Jockers,  DC, MS, CSCS
Article from The Truth About Cancer website

Is This Popular Additive Lurking in Your Cupboard?

Titanium dioxide is a common additive in a number of food and cosmetic products. Although titanium dioxide is found in nature, the particle is a metal that is attracted to impurities. Manufacturers process titanium dioxide through a chemical process to remove impurities and create a white powder.1 Its industrial applications are a result of its whitening effects, lack of odor, good absorbency, and anti-caking properties.2
The most significant usage for titanium dioxide is as a pigment to color and thicken paints.1, 3 It is also found in sunscreen, supplements, and medications, particularly those that come in a white tablet form. Additionally it is used as a coloring agent in foods such as the white powder on donuts and other pastries.1, 4
Here are some of the foods that may have titanium dioxide. Be sure to check the ingredient lists of foods in both your pantry and fridge:4, 5
  • Condiments including mayonnaise, mustard, horseradish cream, and vinegar
  • Nut spreads such as almond and peanut butter
  • Confectionery sugar
  • Desserts such as custard, tapioca pudding, sherbet, and sorbet
  • Sausages
  • Energy drinks labeled as “sport,” “energy,” or “electrolyte” beverages with a water base
  • Cottage, cream, and processed cheeses
  • Processed deli meats
  • Canned fish products
  • Dairy drinks including chocolate milk, eggnog, kefir, or whey-based drinks
  • Prepared foods such as potato and macaroni salad, and foods containing battered fish or poultry
  • Processed snacks such as Twinkies and powdered donuts
  • Although not a food, oral supplements can also contain titanium dioxide

The FDA’s Stance on Titanium Dioxide

Many individuals question the regulations and standards that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sets up when it comes to pharmaceutical medications and food based ingredients. Titanium dioxide is another confusing one as the FDA categorizes it as both a “natural coloring agent,” and a “synthetically prepared” ingredient.4,6 
Research supports the idea that microscopic sized particles such as titanium dioxide may be hazardous to human health. Despite this understanding, the FDA regulates titanium dioxide as a Generally Required as Safe (GRAS) substance. The FDA has established concentration guidelines but does not require the ingredients to be listed on labels.4

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