Emulsifiers are basically thickening agents that wreak havoc on our digestive systems. Some emulsifiers like guar gum swell up so much when they absorb water that they have caused lung swelling and death when ingested in powder form. Emulsifiers are found in cheeses (some cheeses are 50% cellulose), dairy yogurts and creams, nut milks, nut cheese, commercial breads, most supermarket cakes, and nut breads.
Examples of Emulsifiers include Soy Lecithin (there is a 96% chance that the Soy in your food is toxic GMO soy), guar gum, xantham gum, cellulose (wood chips that act like knives in the intestines leading to leaky gut), soy lecithin, sunflower lecithin and polysorbate 80.
Guar Gum and Xanthan Gum are of particular concern because they are touted as being "healthy" and can be found in many "organic" foods at your local Whole Foods or health store.
Some organic foods that contain these gums are almond milk, nut milk, oat milk, rice milk, nut cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, and many dairy free products. But the truth is, these gums are not just damaging to gut health. They cause allergies, weight gain, bloating, chronic inflammation, and impaired immunity. When our gut is compromised, and we don't have the "good bacteria", then our immune system starts to suffer, and we will develop inflammation that can spread from the gut to other parts of the body.
Guar Gum: an emulsifier that is 8 times more powerful that corn starch. It swells up so much when it absorbs water that ingesting guar gum in powder form has caused lung swelling and death in a number of people. This emulsifier is present in many gluten free foods (to help it stick together). It is so toxic to the digestive system that I would avoid it with a ten foot pole.
Researchers at Georgia State University’s Institute for Biomedical Sciences found that mice that consumed dietary emulsifiers like polysorbate 80 and cellulose on a regular basis experienced exacerbated tumor development. The emulsifiers also changed the gut microflora in a manner that made it more pro-inflammatory, creating the perfect environment for cancer development.
If you want to prevent IBS, colon cancer, intestinal inflammation, and reduced immunity, it would be wise to avoid all emulsifiers.
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