Titanium Dioxide

If you have heard of titanium dioxide at all, you probably know it as an ingredient in sunscreen. But it is also used in lots of foods - Andrea Petersen

Titanium Dioxide
Titanium Dioxide

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Titanium Dioxide in Food. Europe Says No Way, Canada Disagrees

In summary, if we go by the studies that are relevant to humans, there is no reason to worry about titanium dioxide in food. However, there is reason to worry about the foods in which this colouring agent is found. Consumption of candies, chewing gum, gummies and coffee creamers should be limited, not because they may contain titanium dioxide, but because they are nutritional paupers. In any case, if you snack on apples, oranges, peppers, carrots or nuts instead of Snickers or Nerds, you can sweep the issue of titanium dioxide under the carpet.

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 Titanium Dioxide in Food. Europe Says No Way, Canada Disagrees

How is it that European and Canadian scientists can look at the same data and come to different conclusions? It is in paint, paper, sunscreen, cosmetics, toothpaste and food. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) lists it in its Group 2B, “possibly carcinogenic in humans.” In Europe it is not allowed as a food additive, but in Canada you’ll find it in candies, chewing gum, pastries, cake decorations and coffee creamers. Should you worry about consuming titanium dioxide, TiO2?

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