Thanks to more researchers, especially universities, taking the initiative to study foods available on the market today, parents have a better understanding what to feed their children. Before, the overall belief for unhealthiness was always fat. Today, we understand there are good fats as well as bad fats, and that processed sugar is a bigger culprit when it comes to a child's diminishing health. The Inquisitr understands how important it is for parents to keep on top of their children's health. Apparently, the three most used infant formulas have genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in them. That may anger some parents but not as much as PediaSure, the health shake for children, containing Roundup, the weed-killer.
Now, there are reports that parents may be feeding their children paint thinner without even knowing it. Why? It is because it is an ingredient in some of the most popular children's cereals on the market today.
According to Natural Society, a mother was shocked to find her children's cereal contained trisodium phosphate (TSP). She was wondering why it was even there, given the fact she bought it from Trader Joe's, a smaller grocery chain known for higher quality foods without unnecessary additives and harmful ingredients. What people may not know is that TSP is an industrial-strength paint thinner. Sometimes going by the names trisodium orthophosphate or sodium phosphate, TSP is well-known among construction workers and developers for being a substitute to mineral spirits to remove paint.
What is more disheartening is the fact that Trader Joe's isn't the only grocery store known for carrying cereals that contain this paint thinner. As a matter of fact, it is located in hundreds of foods in hundreds of stores because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has deemed the "additive" as "safe." If that is the case, why is the activist environmental group, The Clean Water Act, taking serious steps to limit TSP in cleaning supplies because it harms the environment? It is because TSP is a poison.
According to the poison info provided by Pesticide Info, it states TSP should be avoided at all cost due to the problems it may cause. Some minor health problems people exposed to TSP may suffer includes the reduction of bone density due to mineral leeching, calcification of the kidneys, serious irritation of gastric mucosa, abdominal burning, and shock. Not as safe as the FDA makes it out to be, right?
It is probably best to inform parents to constantly check the ingredients labels of all the foods they buy. Avoid TSP as best as you can. In conclusion, a video of Nick Brannigan and Vicky LePage of Health Conspiracy informing the public of TSP has been attached below, just to show that most people are ill-informed about what they eat. Ironically, the cereal they suggest that contains no TSP (as well as no high fructose corn syrup, GMOs, etc.) came from Trader Joe's.
Now that you know hundreds of foods, especially for children, contains TSP, what are your views. Are you even surprised that the FDA would allow paint thinner to be an ingredient in food?
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