Common preservative can trigger food allergies

If you believe in knowing what's in your food... that it's your right as a consumer to know what you're feeding yourself and your family... I've got some bad news for you today.

The WORST chemicals in your food won't be found on any ingredients panel!

The industry has fought tooth and nail to keep this information top secret, claiming the amounts used are so small they can't possibly hurt anyone.

But the latest research exposes that for the lie it is -- because a common chemical preservative could absolutely wreck your health.

It's a petroleum-derived chemical called tert-Butylhydroquinone, or tBHQ, and if the term "petroleum-derived" doesn't raise enough alarms, maybe the new study will.

Turns out this stuff can alter how your body's T-cells work.

Those are critical immune system cells that release cytokines to help fight off infections and regulate inflammation... but in the new study, rats exposed to this chemical had a different reaction.

Their T-cells released the cytokines that trigger food allergies, especially sensitivities to milk, shellfish, wheat, and eggs.

Since tBHQ has become so widely used, that could go a long way toward explaining why food allergies are on the rise like never before -- jumping 50 percent in children in just 15 years.

And while kids used to outgrow many allergies, that's not always the case anymore.

Today, there are millions of adults quietly suffering from food allergies, and most of them are never diagnosed.

Obviously, whether you have food allergies or not, you want to avoid this chemical.

At higher levels, tBHQ has been linked to cancer and other risks -- and while the industry claims you won't get those levels from food, that may not be true anymore.

This stuff is so widely used in so many foods that it's easy to get higher levels... and since it's not listed on the label thanks to an industry-friendly loophole, you won't even know when you're exposed.

It's commonly found in breads and breading -- including "breaded" foods like chicken tenders and nuggets. It's also used in cooking oils, crackers, waffles, nuts, and more.

But let's face it: Even without tBHQ, processed foods aren't healthy.

They're bad through and through, from the stuff listed on the label like sugar to the chemicals that aren't, like tBHQ -- and eating this garbage will increase your risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and more.

So forget about trying to decipher food labels and just get back to basics with a diet of fresh, natural foods.

Yes, that means dinner might require a little more work, but it'll be worth the effort.