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Additive Alert- Titanium Dioxide in Foods May Harm Your Gut Health

Recent studies have found that nono-particle Titanium Dioxide, sometimes used as  a food additive, supplement additive, and cosmetic additive can have serious effects on digestion. Researchers examined epithelial cells to look at disturbances when exposed to nonoparticle Titanium Dioxide. The cells showed a decrease in ability to absorb important nutrients like Iron, Fatty Acids, and Zinc.

Nanoparticle Titanium Dioxide is a much much smaller version of Titanium Dioxide. When ingredients are used in the nano-particle form they can take on different health effects. This is the case with Nanoparticle Titanium Dioxide.

The debate over nano particles has been going on for some time. Now solid science is showing that more attention needs to be paid to this tiny version of substances.

Think you are not at risk? Think again, this harmful ingredient is in many foods, toothpaste, candy, and beverages.

According to a list on Grist.org’s Article on Nonoparticle Titanium Dioxide. 

Titanium dioxide is added to a huge swath of products in nano form including paints, paper and plastics but also lends white pigment to most toothpastes and many processed foods, including Mentos, Trident and Dentyne gum, M&Ms, Betty Crocker Whipped Cream Frosting, Jello Banana Cream Pudding, Vanilla Milkshake Pop Tarts and Nestlé Original Coffee Creamer. The aforementioned products were featured in a report in February 2012 in the journal Environmental Science & Technology which concluded that each of us likely consumes some amount of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles each day, and children under 10 likely consume the greatest amounts (around 1-2 mg TiO2 per kilogram body weight per day) due to their higher intake of frosted foods, candy, gum and other sweets.

In the United States there is very little control over such potentially harmful ingredients. Companies are not required to label the ingredient as “nano” or non-nano in the United States. Some companies have taken this into their own hands and now offer products like “non-nano titanium dioxide sunscreen.” Other countries are more aggressively looking into the topic. The Dutch Ministry for Public Health posted a warning on nano-particle Titanium Dioxide in 2016 stating “the products contributing most to the intake of TiO2 are toothpaste (in young children only), candy, coffee creamer, fine bakery wares and sauces.” 

Until proof is provided by many sources you should probably consider nano-particle titanium dioxide harmful to your digestion and your overall health. 

Who what to do about this nano-particle Titanium Dioxide problem?

  1. Avoid Titanium as a food additive unless you can be sure it is non-nano.
  2. Eat a wholesome and natural food diet (avoiding additives when possible).
  3. For products you do you, ask companies to use what is considered safer ingredient: non-nano Titanium Dioxide.
  4. Ask the Food and Drug administration to require labels to reflect nano-particles.

 

 

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