The steadily increasing health conscious population of the world seems to have one major flaw in common. As soon as Friday shows its wonderful stress-free grin, many make an enormous exception to the rule. Why is drowning yourself in high-fructose corn syrup and GMO ingredients suddenly acceptable when it’s mixed with alcohol? Before you quit reading because you only drink “safe” micro-brews consider this: There is a lengthy list of legal toxic additives that your favorite beer is most certainly chock full of.
In this day and age any company using organic ingredients is going to go out of their way to let you know about it on the label. On the other hand, ingredients are not listed on the majority of beer labels because a lot of the ingredients are known to be unhealthy.
Beer Brewed with GMO Corn and/or High Fructose Corn Syrup Include:
-Pabst Blue Ribbon
Even if you don’t drink any of the labels listed above, pay close attention to the next section. There are many chemical additives approved for the use in beer without any form of labeling or disclosure. We’ll start off with a toxin you’ve most likely heard of and work our way into “those chemicals you can’t believe they’re actually getting you to drink!”
Caramel Coloring is used in many brown to dark beers such as New Castle Brown Ale, for example. It is created by heating a sugar, typically high-dextrose corn syrup, with ammonium compounds, acids, or alkalis.
According to The Center for Science in the Public Interest:
“Caramel coloring, when produced with ammonia, contains contaminants, 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole. In 2007, studies by the U.S. National Toxicology Program found that those two contaminants cause cancer in male and female mice […T]he State of California’s Environmental Protection Agency listed ammonia-caramel coloring as a carcinogen under the state’s Proposition 65[…] California warned that as of January 7, 2012, widely consumed products, such as soft drinks, that contained more than 29 micrograms of 4-methylimidazole per serving would have to bear a warning notice. In March 2012, when CSPI published the results of a study that found levels up to 150 micrograms per can of Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola purchased in Washington, DC, the soft-drink giants announced that they had reduced the contaminant to below California’s threshold for action in products distributed in California. They said they would market the less-contaminated products throughout the country, but did not give a timetable for that change.”
Where is the demand for these tests to be conducted on beer?
Avoiding TV dinners and cheap Chinese food isn’t enough anymore. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is an approved additive that does not require any indication on the label. Although the FDA recognizes this as “generally safe” this is an ongoing controversy. Many claim to have headaches, flushing, chest pain, weakness, and nausea brought on by this ingredient. Others have life threatening allergic reactions to MSG.
Gums dervied from natural sources (bushes, trees, seaweed, and bacteria) are used to thicken or stabilize the foamy head, which seems rather unnatural to implement into the brew process. The testing is reportedly poor and their are still many unknowns about this additive.
Vegans beware! Beer companies are not required to inform you if they choose to use Animal Based Clarifiers which include but are not limited to isinglass (fish bladder), gelatin, and casein (milk product).
The widely used preservative Calcium Disodium EDTA is made from formaldehyde, sodium cayanide, and Ethylenediamine. Yuck!
Propylene Glycol is a common foam stabilizing agent that is also strangely found in anti-freeze.
FD&C Yellow 5, FD&C Blue 1, and FD&C Red 40 are derived from petroleum and linked to allergies, asthma and hyperactivity.
For those who cannot live without beer, your best bet is to drink locally or from a company that brews in Germany due to rigid legislation (yes REAL beer laws exist in Germany.) Local breweries seldom have an issue disclosing the full list of ingredients in their brews if you politely ask. Additionally, it doesn’t hurt to ask if there is a larger company that has bought them out and may be altering the recipes with additives, preservatives, and cheaper (GMO) ingredients. For example, Goose Island of Chicago was bought out by Anheuser-Busch joining Coors-owned Blue Moon in the corporate-owned fake micro-brews category.
Source: Real Farmacy