5. Flame Retardant
Listed under “ingredients” as: Brominated vegetable oil (BVO)
How to consume it: Citrus-flavored soda
Something called “vegetable oil” might seem unassuming in food production, but the active ingredient, bromine, is widely used as a flame retardant in furniture, and can be toxic. High levels of consumption may be tied to impaired neurological abilities and early onset puberty.
6. Biodiesel Additive
Listed under “ingredients” as: Tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ)
How to consume it: Chicken nuggets
TBHQ is not just gross; it can be highly dangerous, too. The synthetically-created preservative is used in everything from bubble gum to nail polish to cheese crackers. Unfortunately, the stuff is so toxic that just one gram of it could make you ill.
Listed under “ingredients” as: Silicon dioxide
How we consume it: Salts, soups and more
Silicon dioxide can be added to foods as an anti-clumping agent, and is often used to control humidity. If your soup tastes a little gritty, now you know why.