With all of the extremely dangerous additives being used by the food industry, it makes sense that those with even a suspicion of being dangerous should be avoided as well. Have you seen all those commercials that are advertising class action law suits for people who experienced severe health issues due to a particular prescription drug? Those are all drugs that the FDA approved less than ten years before! This is just another example of how the FDA approves dangerous products!
What is Propyl Gallate?
With that in mind, I want to bring to your attention a preservative that is often used in conjunction with BHA and BHT: Propyl Gallate. It is used as a food preservative in foods that contain oils and fats, to stop food from spoiling. Some foods that commonly contain Propyl Gallate include the following:
- Vegetable oil
- Meat products
- Potato sticks
- Soup bases
- Chewing gum
It’s also used in many personal care products, such as cosmetics and shampoos, to preserve their color.
Propyl Gallate Health Dangers
Propyl Gallate can cause allergic reactions in the form of an asthma attack in some people. It can also cause stomach and skin irritation, liver damage, kidney damage and has the potential to increase your chances of having cancer.
Animal testing has proven that the likelihood of contracting cancer increased; however, due to the conditions of the study itself, scientists state that it cannot, with any degree of certainty, be said that Propyl Gallate causes cancer.
However, in my mind, this should have raised a red flag! Further studies should have been conducted, with better control subjects BEFORE it was approved for use in our foods.
I think that in addition to going after the drug companies for damage sustained by taking these dangerous drugs, we should be filing class action suits against the FDA for approving them for our use before their dangers are fully understood. Perhaps then they would stop killing our kids and actually ban dangerous drugs AND food additives.
See Also: Benzoic Acid – A Harmful Preservative.