M&Ms, Good and Plenty and Other Candies Contain Titanium Nanoparticles

October 18, 2021 at 1:28 am

Trick or Treat… Study finds nano-sized heavy metals in dozens of candy and junk food brands… nano metals can leak through your guts and accumulate in your cells

Nano-sized particles of titanium, aluminum, silver and other metals have been lurking in many processed junk foods and candies for at least 20 years, according to an investigation by Envir0nmental Magazine in 2012 that was ignored by the mainstream media.

In an interview with the magazine, an FDA spokesman acknowledged that lab-engineered particles had made their way into the food supply, but said the agency does not know which brands contain them:

E Magazine: What can you tell me about the prevalence of nanomaterials in our food supply?

Sebastian Cianci: FDA does not have a list of food products that contain nanomaterials.

E Magazine: Where are nanomaterials most often found within food products? In colorings or additives?

Sebastian Cianci: FDA does not maintain a list of food products that contain nanomaterials so we cannot reliably answer this question.

A 2012 study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology  provides a list of brands known to use significant amounts titanium nanoparticles as preservatives, thickeners, anti-caking agents, to improve texture, and to brighten the white color in candies and frosted treats.

The list is by no means exhaustive, but these are the “treats” with the highest amounts of nano technology:

Like GMOs, the FDA does not require nano-particles to be labeled, as it makes no distinction between them and the larger materials they are derived from.

But metal nanoparticles are different from metal particles found naturally in garden soil.

For starters, they are engineered in a lab. Secondly, they are way smaller – one billionth of a meter.

Metal particles this small do not exist in nature.

Because they are so small, metallic nanoparticles can cross through the blood brain barrier and intestinal walls, and accumulate in tissues and cells.

“Nanoparticles may also accumulate in certain organs, disrupt and impair biological, structural and metabolic processes and weaken the immune system,” warns the American Society of Safety Engineers. “They may be ingested through drinking water, food additives, atmospheric dust on food, toothpaste and dental fillings and implants.”

In one study, long-term exposure to nanoparticles changed the structure of the lining of the chickens’ intestinal walls. While the chickens’ leaky guts seemed to improve iron absorption, they “could lead to over-absorption of other, harmful compounds,” the study’s authors wrote.

“Materials reduced to the nanoscale … can suddenly show very different properties compared to what they exhibit on a macroscale, enabling unique applications such as alterations in color, electrical conductivity, or permeability,” explains the environmentalist organization As You Sow.

In addition to adding titanium nanoparticles being mixed directly into food, aluminum and silver nanoparticles are added to food packaging to help with preservation.

“We know that there’s nanosilver in food wrapping and food packaging,” says Jennifer Sass, a senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council. “That nanosilver releases ions, so those ions could be getting into the food. The ions are toxic, they are the antimicrobial part of the silver.”

“From the government’s perspective, nano forms of silver, iron or titanium are no different, fundamentally, from their scaled-up counterparts which have already been safety tested, so the agency has ushered the particles into the food supply under the Generally Recognized as Safe provision.”

Not all governments share this perspective however. Just last week, the European Union banned titanium dioxide, which it found to be most damaging to the gut microbiome in nanoparticle form.

You can avoid nanoparticles in your food by eating certified organic foods, which are not allowed to contain them.