You may think that nanoparticles are something of the future… but in fact they are already in our food supply. And I’m not talking about astronaut food. I mean simple processed foods like a bag of pre-shredded cheese and even toothpaste. This article describes a few of them. A nanoparticle is really nothing fancy, it’s just a really small particle of anything. Modern manufacturing practices lead to the creation of many nanoparticles in our food, sometimes on purpose and sometimes not. The problem is that these extremely small particles behave differently in our bodies since they can simply bypass cells and other barriers that our body has in place to protect us from the environment. But what affect can it have on us?
This research paper has shown that eliminating nanoparticles from the diet of Crohn’s disease patients caused a significant reduction in their symptoms and resulted in remission of half the patients (the control group had no change in symptoms). If you are not familiar with Crohn’s disease, it is an Inflammatory Bowel Disease that is characterized by a deep inflammation of portions of the small and large intestine. The causes are not well understood. But this paper is a very good start. The two nanoparticles that were targeted for removal from the diet in this study were titanium dioxide and aluminosilicates.
These nanoparticles are commonly found in pre-made meals, processed meats, vegetable or fruit skins with soil residue, tea/coffee whiteners, flavored milk products, processed cheese (especially pre-shredded cheese as an anti-caking agent), baked goods, any powered packets for sauces, food dyes (especially in soft drinks), almost all toothpastes (as a whitening agent), and tap water.
Many of these “food” items should be avoided anyways due to lack of nutrient density, but this just goes to show that one should be wary of highly processed foods and any ingredient that can’t be easily pronounced or easily understood as to where it came from. I encourage all to know where your food comes from, and if possible, make it yourself.