Tuc, Colgate, Coca-Cola … 100 toxic products of everyday life

The magazine of the National Consumer Institute (INC) also points several families of products that we use daily. Not a scoop: in her documentary “Our daily poison”, the journalist Marie-Monique Robin denounced already a year ago the omnipresence of carcinogenic substances and endocrine disruptors in our closets and refrigerators, and the serious dysfunctions of the evaluation of their toxicity. This time, we dive into the bag. Retail review. It’s up to you to sort it out.

100 daily toxic products:


> They are pinned

Coca-Cola and energy drinks, balsamic vinegar, sweets (Carambar), gnocchi (to pan, Panzani), biscuits (Tuc), chocolate bars (Kellogs, Special K), condiments (Savora) . As well as alcoholic drinks and cocktails with or without alcohol (Old nick, Mister cocktail), chewing gum (Hollywood, Mentos), soups (Maggi, Royco minute soup).

> Why?

They may contain E150D dye, sodium sulphites, azo dyes or BHA.

The caramel dye E150D is classified as “possible carcinogen” by the International Center for Research on Cancer (CIR). Since January 2012, the State of California has limited “drastically its use”.

Sodium sulphite (E221) is a preservative that can cause headaches, itching or breathing difficulties, notes “60 million consumers”.

Azo dyes give a bright color to foods but are suspected to be allergenic, and possibly carcinogenic. “Many brands of confectionery have chosen to substitute natural dyes,” says the magazine. Another effort!

BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) is an antioxidant, a possible carcinogen in humans according to Circ. Several studies believe that it is also an endocrine disruptor.

100 daily toxic products: Cosmetics

> They are pinned

Baby wipes (Nivea, Pampers), toothpaste (Colgate, Carrefour kids), foundation (L’Oreal), depilatory cream (Nair), moisturizing cream (Dove), anticellulite gel (Linéance), shaving cream (Avène), shower gel …

> Why?

They contain paraben, preservatives suspected of disrupting the hormonal system. But that’s not all. They may also contain Triclosan: an antibacterial agent that, through repeated use, could promote resistance to antibiotics.

Phenoxyethanol, a preservative, is suspected of being toxic to reproduction and development in animals. The National Agency for the Safety of Medicines (ANSM) recommends to no longer use it in products intended for the seat for children under 3 years.

Finally, MIT (methylisothiazolinone), used as a preservative, can cause allergies. For example eczema, but also more disabling reactions in everyday life. And when we are allergic, “it’s for life,” notes “60 million consumers.”

Cleaning products

> They are pinned

Dishwashing liquid (Mir, Carrefour, Palmolive), softeners, detergents (Mir, Ariel, Woolite), and household cleaners (Ajax, Cif, Mr Clean).

> Why?

Again, they contain MIT, with the risk of allergic reactions.

Source Tuc, Colgate, Coca-Cola … 100 toxic products of everyday life: Laura Fernandez Rodriguez – Le Nouvel Observateur

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