TOXIC “food” ingredients should be banned everywhere!

Let’s continue our discussion from Tuesday…

Because if nothing else, it shows just how tainted our food supply really is.

Well, the state of California is taking action.

(Whatever you think about Cali, it’s a state that has always been on the forefront of our society—whatever happens there will eventually sweep the nation.)

In fact, starting in 2027, California will prohibit red dye No. 3, potassium bromate, brominated vegetable oil, and propylparaben.

Here’s why that’s important…

Poison in aisle three

All four of these “food” ingredients are illegal in the European Union and other parts of the world.

But they’re found in commonly sold items in the U.S., even after research linked them to issues from hyperactivity in children to even cancer.

These ingredients are added to extend shelf life and help make products look more appealing.

(Why is this even a thing? Foods shouldn’t last a nuclear war; nor should they be enhanced to stimulate our senses. I mean, isn’t that exactly what street drugs do?)

Of course, Big Food is outraged. But all they have to do is make minor modifications to their formulas, using alternative ingredients they’re already using in their overseas operations (for countries that already ban these ingredients)!

And even still, that’s missing the point! How many agencies (or states) have to SCREAM in order to change our regulatory offices for the better!?

I mean, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has long banned red dye No. 3 from cosmetics due to its link to cancer. Yet it’s STILL used to give foods and medicines a bright red color.

Mind you, this artificial coloring is derived from petroleum—and you’re EATING it! Plus, studies show artificial food dyes might promote behavioral problems in children.

Then there’s potassium bromate, a flour additive that helps bread rise higher—also carcinogenic.

Brominated vegetable oil, commonly used in citrus drinks (as I explained earlier this week)—which potentially damages vital organs.

And propylparaben, a preservative believed to be estrogenic, potentially acting as an endocrine disruptor.

An easy switch

These four ingredients are commonly found in items like soda, icing, hamburger rolls, candy, and of course, processed foods.

Well, soda can easily be replaced by water (still or sparkling). You can even add some fresh citrus if you love lemon-lime or orange varieties!

If you really need to eat rolls, why not make a loaf at home using fresh ingredients without preservatives?

You already know how I feel about sugar… and processed foods? Let me just say that Big Food toys with their formulas to make these things addictive, all while destroying your health and well-being.

See, even if these products never came back on the shelf—you shouldn’t miss them anyway. They don’t have any part of a healthy, balanced diet.

(The law is likely to affect around 12,000 products nationwide. You can thank California for that! I’m shocked there are that many food products out there, as I probably consume less than 100 foods!)

We look at food as if we should have the right to eat and indulge in anything we want. But we don’t do that with other poisons like tobacco, alcohol, heroin, etc. Where’s the disconnect?

Call me crazy, but I’m sticking to food—and drinks—with ONE ingredient. And I encourage you to do the same.

Think grass-fed and -finished beef, organic poultry, wild-caught fish and seafood, nuts and seeds, eggs, and fresh produce.

If you need further inspiration, order yourself a copy of my book, The A-List Diet, or follow my cooking show, Cooking with Dr. Fred on YouTube or Instagram.


“California becomes the first state to ban four chemicals in food, including red dye No. 3.” NBC News, 10/10/2023. (