Common food additive linked to deadly diarrhea

If people knew what all the funny words listed on ingredients panels really meant, they'd NEVER touch processed food.

Polydimethylsiloxane, used in chicken nuggets, is a silicon polymer also used in silly putty and breast implants.

EWW!

That's why I have a simple rule: If I don't recognize the word immediately, I'm not putting it in my body.

Today, I've got the inside scoop on another ingredient you don't want anywhere near your body.

It's a sweetener and stabilizer that's quietly been slipped into processed foods, baked goods, and ice cream in recent years.

And it could slowly... quietly... and secretly be setting you up for a battle with a deadly infection.

It's called trehalose, which the FDA listed as "generally recognized as safe" back in 2000.

Since that very same year, the number of infections with a deadly germ called Clostridium difficile has jumped dramatically. Within a decade, infections more than tripled.

Normally, you could just chalk that up to a freak coincidence.

But not in this case.

A new study in Nature looks at why a common and very dangerous strain called ribotype 027 is so different from all the others... and why it's been on the rampage, specifically since the year 2000.

It just LOVES trehalose.

Like most germs, the ribotype 027 strain of C. diff won't necessarily make you sick the moment you're exposed. Your natural defenses can overwhelm it, shut it down, and wipe it out (or at least keep it under control)... and you'll never even know it's there.

You only get sick if your body can't handle it, like if you've got a weaker immune system or have taken an antibiotic that's wiped out the good bacteria needed to keep C. diff under control.

Or, as in this case, if the bacteria has found a fuel supply: trehalose.

The study in Nature finds that this dangerous strain of C. diff can use trehalose to grow, thrive, spread, and overwhelm your immune system.

That leads to infection -- specifically, diarrhea so severe that it can be deadly, especially in older patients who might already have other health problems.

And you could quietly be building your own colony of this germ -- right now! -- and unwittingly feeding it just what it needs to slowly take over.

Call it one more reason to WATCH what you eat and KNOW what you're eating.

Stick to foods with simple natural ingredients you know and recognize.

Better yet, make your food yourself. You'll not only know exactly what you're eating, you'll also enjoy better, healthier, and more delicious meals without silicon, sand, or bug bits.