Mailbag! Food Additive DESTROYING Your Gut
Dear Living Well Daily Reader,
You’ve got questions…
We’ve got answers!
If you like candy, you could be putting yourself at risk for some serious health issues — and I’m not just talking about diabetes. Instead, a common FDA-approved food additive could be ruining your digestive health.
Let’s dive in…
My grandkids love gum and candy. I try to limit what I give them so they don’t get too much sugar. But I recently heard that another ingredient in chewing gum and candy can hurt your intestines. If this is true, what is the ingredient and how can I avoid it?
Excellent question, Betsy.
Yes, unfortunately this is true.
Titanium dioxide a common food additive in candy, gum, breads and even toothpastes, can alter cells in your small intestine.
In recent study from Binghamton University, scientists exposed small intestinal cells to a three meals worth of titanium dioxide over a five-day period.
And what they found was disturbing…
The titanium dioxide reduced the amount of microvilli, special cell parts that help the small intestine absorb nutrients. Having fewer microvilli can greatly affect your health and lead to a weakened intestinal barrier, a slower metabolism and difficulty absorbing vital nutrients like fatty acids, iron and zinc.
Even worse, the titanium dioxide also decreased digestive enzyme functions and increased inflammation — the key driver of all disease.
Unfortunately, the FDA generally recognizes titanium dioxide as safe for you to eat (even though it’s used in papers, paints and plastics).
And it’s practically unavoidable, since it’s used in thousands of foods (everything from skim milk to Twinkies) and personal care and household items to improve color and texture.
However, according to the researchers, you can reduce your exposure by avoiding processed foods. This is especially true for candy, which is loaded with nanoparticles.
Additionally, be sure to check hygiene and household product labels to see if they contain this menacing metal.
Do you have health questions you want answered? Drop me a line: email@example.com
Managing editor, Living Well Daily
Ed. Note: Please send your feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org – and click here to like us on Facebook.
 Food additive found in candy, gum could alter digestive cell structure and function
Written By Natalie Moore
Natalie Moore is a dedicated health researcher with a passion for finding healthy, natural, and science-based solutions. After a decade of direct healthcare experience in western and natural medicine, she was involved in public health research before joining Living Well Daily.
View More Free Articles
Nutrient Fix for Deadly "Orphan Condition"
Venous thromboembolism is what I call an “orphan condition.” The chances are high that you’ve never even heard of it before. But we should discuss it more often because it’s underdiagnosed, SERIOUS, and preventable. A (VTE) happens when a blood clot forms in a vein. When that clot is in a DEEP vein (usually in...
"Liquid Gold" Packs a Powerful Healing Punch
Bone broth has popped up on grocery store shelves nationwide in the last few years. And I couldn’t be happier about it! I love to drink bone broth. But I used to have to make my own “liquid gold.” And to be honest… it’s time-consuming. Now, you can pop down to your local supermarket and...
Diabetes Risk PLUMMETS with THIS Vitamin
I’ve got to be honest with you. When it comes to health, the future is looking a bit grim. If you’re no spring chicken, a tsunami of poor health could be headed your way. Recent research has found that 25 percent of people over 65 ALREADY have diabetes. But it gets worse. Over 50 percent...
MAILBAG: Exercise AFTER a Heart Attack?
“My wife had a heart attack a few months ago. She’s sitting around and doing even less than she did before. I’m a regular reader and know you’ve mentioned moving is important for heart attack patients. What are some safe things she can do to keep moving? How much should she move?” – Rob from...
Olive Oil Compound WOWS Researchers
Olive oil has been getting some well-deserved attention the last few years. So it would be easy to assume that the golden oil’s status as a health food was recently earned. But the truth is, olive oil has been considered a healthy staple in the human diet since it was first developed 600 years ago....
NEW Medicinal Mushroom Benefit UNCOVERED
I’m a big fan of medicinal mushrooms. Almost everyone has eaten a standard mushroom on a pizza or in a spaghetti sauce, of course. But most folks have yet to experience medical mushrooms’ power to improve our health. Medicinal mushrooms are already used to treat heart, liver, and brain conditions. They can boost the immune...
[SENIORS] Cellular GLITCH Discovered?!
Aging isn’t for sissies, that’s for sure. But hey, I always remind myself the alternative is FAR worse! Besides, when you sit back and take stock, you’ll realize that a life well lived – like your own – is something to be proud of. But those accomplishments, unfortunately, don’t reduce your risk of suffering the...
Overlooked Diabetes Risk Drives Up Blood Sugar
If you’re concerned about diabetes, you’ve probably done your research. You likely focused on all the common problem areas to ward off rising blood sugar: the grocery store… the gym… and the bathroom scale. And those ARE all great places to start! Eating better, exercising, and losing weight can go a long way toward bringing your...
Boredom BUSTING Hack Keeps You Sane AND Healthy
This time of year, I start to feel a little stir-crazy. Cabin fever sets in as I tire of the cold and snow. And I start thinking about the warmer weather that’s right around the corner (but still feels SO far away). You see, I enjoy walking, hiking, and running outside. It’s good for both...
Loneliness Linked to THIS Startling Side Effect
Before the pandemic, we didn’t talk much about being lonely. But when the virus locked us down in our homes, the issue of isolation could no longer be ignored. Some of us were experiencing that kind of loneliness for the first time. But the truth is social isolation has ALWAYS been a common problem for...