Scary preservatives that I suggest avoiding

Recently, I have been diagnosed with endometriosis. Let me tell you, for any of us girls that have suffered with it, it is not fun! Therefore, I have looked into more natural and organic foods because nasty GMOs and preservatives can feed this disease, along with a number of other things. They can even affect mental health! Foods that we don’t even realize contain such scary ingredients are in a number of things in our cabinets and refrigerators. I try not to obsess, because I definitely want to enjoy my food life, so I make sure to just avoid the top additives that can do the most damage.

Here is a list of the top few preservatives you should check for on your food labels (gathered by my months of research. I try to use only credible sources, like .gov and .edu):

1) “benzoate”: anything that has the word benzoate attached to it, such as sodium benzoate or potassium benzoate, should be avoided. This is found mostly in soda and salad dressing, or anything liquid that has a long shelf life. Benzoate is bad enough in itself, since it can damage things such as bone marrow and DNA. To make matters worse, if it is combined with the ingredient “citric acid”, it turns into benzene, which is even more damaging. Benzene is usually found in citric sodas.

2) MSG: This is an extremely common preservative that can cause a lot of problems, especially those with hormonal imbalances. It is advised to stay away from MSG if one has things like estrogen dominance or endometriosis. It is found in Chinese food, bacon, junk food (like strong flavored chips), and chicken bullion.

3) Anything that cannot be pronounced. Chances are, if you cannot pronounce it, it wasn’t designed for your body to intake. There are some things, such as thiamine mononitrate, that are synthetic forms of vitamins. These fake vitamins are found in vitamin drinks. They are not necessarily as harmful as others, but it is always better to go with the natural. Grab an orange instead!

Eliminating preservatives from your diet will not only improve your physical and mental health, but it will make you feel better about your choices in eating, thus improving other areas of your life, as well! (I lost nine pounds in two weeks just eating naturally!)


I love how Susan was the only one terribly concerned that one of her best friends was being maimed.

Episode: "Attack of the Movie Night!"

Decomposing diazo compounds with silver salts. 

Diazo compounds and other high nitrogen containing chemicals often decompose to give elemental nitrogen and another organic compound in presence of heavy metals like silver. In this case silver-benzoate was added to the reaction mixture what decomposed to give this brown-black silver colloid. This reaction is called Wolff rearrangement.

Depending on the reaction conditions several types of organic compounds could be obtained by replacing the diazo group with something else, as seen depending on the solvent acids or amides could be made from diazoketones and a little silver.

-image from Wikipedia

Lush Kitchen “Smitten’ hand cream

Ingredients: Chamomile Matricaria Infusion, Almond Oil, Marigold Infusion, Cold Pressed Flaxseed Oil, Glycerine, Stearic Acid, Cocoa Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cold Pressed Wheatgerm Oil,  Cold Pressed Avocado Oil, Coconut Butter, Lanolin, Beeswax, Benzoin Resinoid, Rose Absolute, Cassie Absolute, Triethanolamine, *Benzyl Benzoate, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

Whereas Lush Helping Hands hand cream is given a high rating by me because of the miraculous way it works, Smitten deserves high ratings simply for the way it smells and the overall presentation. It’s like rubbing Marzipan paste all over you but creamier. It’s less thick then Helping Hands but you could stand a spoon in either one of them. And I must say I was surprised at how well it worked. No, it still doesn’t work as well as Helping Hands, but I don’t seem to mind that much.

 Lush 2006 Description: Last year, Mark, our top bod at Lush (he has no official title but we all know who’s boss) asked the Lush forum for a list of beautiful words. Smitten was one of them. The forum members asked Mark for a lighter, daytime hand cream scented with the same deliciously mouth-watering fragrance as Snowcake soap. Fairie’s fair. Now we have a beautiful new hand cream with a beautiful name made with natural oils and butters for a longer term benefit for your mits. (Note to non-mother tongue English speakers: mittens are like gloves but with one big finger instead of the usual four so Smitten is a hand protector pun as well as a lovely name. Just so you know.

 Scent Family: Snowcake Perfume; Snowcake Shower Gel; Snowcake Soap; Snow On Snow Dusting Powder; Oops! Almond Kisses Facial Moisturiser; Marzibain Bubble Bar Slice; Big Ed Yuletide Soap

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Beauty Without Cruelty Full Volume Mascara Cocoa — 0.27 fl oz

Ingredients: Aqua (water), PVP, talc, ceresin, stearic acid, oleyl alcohol, cera carnuaba (carnauba wax), sorbitan sesquioleate, triethanolamine, benzyl alcohol, gluconolactone (corn flower water), acrylartes copolymer, panthenol (vitamin B3), sodium benzoate, tocopheryl acetate, ethylhexy; dimethyl paba, retinyl palmitate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, tocopherol, CI 77499 and Cl 77492 (iron oxides).

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  • Beauty Without Cruelty

Ingredients: Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Water, Glycerine, Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe barbadensis), Propylene Glycol, Tiger Lily and Red Rose petals, Perfume, Iota Carrageenon Extract, Ylang Petals Dried (Cananga odorate), Jasmine Flowers Dried, Musk , Jasmine Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Ylang Ylang, *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate, Titanium Dioxide, Colour 18050, Colour 64585, Methylparaben.
Joy of Jelly is a beautiful purple and lavender jelly. It smells more perfumey than I thought it would. The scent was made to hace the nice floral “Chelsea Gardens” ballistic scent. It makes a lavender colored lather on the body. The scent stays too which is good. It’s so-cool-looking with the purple swirls, so that gives it a whole point by itself.
Lush Description: Save water and share your shower. Rub our sexy jasmine jelly all over a dirty body. Freeze it, chill it, or use it at bathroom temperature. Crush or stroke it all over your body and hair, lather and rinse out.


I’m a big fan of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Monsters vs. Aliens so I decided to match each of the Elements of Harmony to the characters of MvA I thought best fit them.

Generosity: Despite being a cockroach-headed mad scientist who eats garbage and has the tendency to break out into maniacal laughter at any given moment, Dr. Cockroach is very courteous and erudite; a true gentleman at heart. He won’t hesitate to put anyone else above himself and is more than willing to make anything for anyone, just as long as he gets to do some fun mad science! He greatly displayed the element of Generosity on Halloween when he gave the swirly-pop he cherished dearly-having reminded him of the one he lost to some bullies when he was a child-away to a little girl who wanted it.

Honesty: General W.R. Monger is a tough 5-star general who is very true to his word and honor, of which he is very proud of. He never lies and always speaks his mind. When he says he’s going to do something, you can bet your stars that he’s going to do it with a mighty “Ooh-rah!”. Monger is very protective and caring towards his monsters, especially after they gained their freedom. On the rescue mission to save Susan, he told the boys that he will come to retrieve them and that if he couldn’t, it meant he was either dead…or late. Guess which one he was?

Laughter: Benzoate Ostelezyne Bicarbonate, or B.O.B, is a true child at heart. But that’s not his fault; it’s just how he was gene-spliced! Having no brain means that this lovable blue goop literally doesn’t know right from wrong and will sometimes accidentally cause trouble for his friends. He will literally laugh danger in the face and then probably engulf it and spit it back out, still with a big, goofy grin on his malleable face. B.O.B currently dates a green gelatin dessert, of which he flaunted in that jerk Derek’s face, thus putting a permanent stop to their relationship. Wait…

Kindness: The 350-foot Insectosaurus is basically an oversized kitten who is very friendly, even when he first met Susan shortly after she arrived. He was only saying hello to her in the only way he knew how-by roaring-but ended up scaring her away. That didn’t stop him from saying hello again to her later on though; this time a bit more clearly to the perplexed giantess. Insecto is very protective over his friends; he and Link are especially close for some reason. He is also super gentle, despite his huge size. Just rub his tummy and you’ve already formed a tight bond with him!

Loyalty: The Missing Link, or Link, is a 20,000 year old fish-ape from the Ice Age era. He has a great deal of machismo to him and can be egotistical. However, mess with any of his pals and you’ll be answering to his fists! He loves to pick on Dr. Cockroach for being a “quack” and can get annoyed by B.O.B’s brainlessness, which made them quite the handful for Monger to deal with for 50 years. At first, he didn’t like Susan since she was a big *no pun intended* threat to his superiority and because  she was obviously a lot more powerful than him-her being a girl adding salt to the wound-but as the weeks passed , he’s become a lot more fond and protective over her, now seeing her as a big little sister. Link won’t hesitate to sacrifice himself to save his friends and he is usually the first one to come up with a plan of action. He wasn’t willing to let Insecto’s death go without some revenge against the alien who killed him and he wasn’t going to let Susan suffer either.

Magic: The one who brought them all together. If Susan hadn’t been struck by that Quantonium filled meteorite on her wedding day and grew to a 49-foot 11-inch (50 feet, give or take) giant, the other monsters would most likely still be locked away forever. Thanks to Susan and her friends (but mainly Susan), San Francisco was saved from a giant robot who was after the Quantonium that was fused to her molecularly. Since then, the monsters were granted their freedom and Susan was allowed to return home. But after a bad breakup with her fiance, Derek, Susan realized that she didn’t need him to be happy and that she was more loved by her new monster pals who loved her for her, despite her ginormic size. She also loved them, despite their monstrous appearances and was not leaving Gallaxhar’s ship without them, even while it was about to self-destruct! Susan now loves being a monster and embraces her new-found monsterhood with open arms-and she has long arms-just as long as her boys are always there by her side.

The quote in the bottom picture is by Twilight Sparkle from the episode "Magical Mystery Cure"

Beware of your Ingestion(s)

Organic program does not oversee the use of food preservatives, so technically this page is slightly outside of the “Organic” topic’s scope – but it is still important to read and know.

Here is the list of the most common preservatives in US food (From: FDA. Let’s review it:

Sodium Benzoate: Used in liquids, specifically carbonated drinks, pickles, salad dressings, jams and fruit juice, etc. Combined with citric acid (frequent additive in beverages) it
transforms into a well known carcinogen Benzine.
From: FDA

Sodium Erythorbate: Environmental pollutant. May
have a negative physiological effect on seedlings in a low ozone
(From: EPA)

Ascorbic acid (also known as Vitamin C): No problems with it, no risk of overdose: Vitamin C is water soluble, any excess amount will be washed out with urine.

Citric acid: Often used as flavoring agent in beverages, in medicine to cover chemical taste. Significant concern: carcinogen (From: National Institute of Health) and damages cells
(From: NIH)

Calcium Propionate and Sodium Propionate:synthetic substance, mold inhibitor. Skin, eye or respiratory irritant. Used in cosmetics, medicine, tobacco, baked goods. (From USDA).

Sodium nitrite: Used in meats, sausages, etc. Concerns: 1) developmental and reproductive toxicity (From: California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment) 2) can cause headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain (From: New Jersey’s Hazardous Substance Fact Sheet) 3) When heated while cooking meat, produces Nitrosamines, which are potent carcinogens (From: National Institutes of Health). Sodium nitrite’s uses include the following: as an active oxidizing agent; as a reducing agent; as the principal source of nitrous acid in a number of organic syntheses; to form organic nitrites when reacted with organic alcohols in an acid medium; as an ingredient in the manufacture of inks, dyes, and other chemicals; for curing meat products such as hot dogs; as an additive in the manufacture of synthetic rubbers; in wastewater treatment; in human and veterinary medicine as a vasodilator, a bronchodilator, an intestinal relaxant or laxative, and as an antidote for cyanide poisoning. (From: US International Trade Commission)

calcium sorbate: must not be used in cooked sausages or any other meat (From: Code of Federal Regulations) because it could mask meat spoilage (From: USDA). Limited testing shows no mutagenic or genotoxic activity (From: NIH 1, NIH 2 and NIH 3 and FDA)

potassium sorbate: mold inhibitor. (from USDA).

BHA, BHT: human carcinogen (From: NIH) and gastrointestinal damage (From: NIH)

EDTA: – Damages cells /cytotoxic/ (From: NIH1 and NIH 2). Harmful during pregnancy & removes minerals from the body (From: FDA). Persistent environmental pollutant (From: NIH)

Tocopherol (Vitamin E): Increases prostate cancer risk (From:

Kraut Question via /r/Paleo

I have seen videos on how to make homemade kraut and I have been wanting to try it to implement a food with great probiotic qualities in my diet.

At Kroger I found, BA-TEMPLE New Kraut. Ingredients: cabbage, water, vinegar, salt, sugar, less than one 1/10 of 1% benzoate of soda, sodium bisulfite (used as preservatives)

Should I be concerned about the preservatives since they are so miniscule? Does this have the same probiotic qualities as homemade kraut? It seems much more convenient to buy this vs make kraut.

Submitted September 27, 2014 at 10:06AM by bigfootsd1ck
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