Horrors In Commercial Beverages

Commercial beverages are especially toxic due to traces of solvents left over from the manufacturing process. There are solvents in decaffeinated beverages, herb tea blends (not single herb teas), carbonated drinks, beverages with Nutrasweet(TM), flavoured coffee, diet and health mixes, and fruit juices, even when the label states “not from concentrate” or “fresh from the orchard,” or “100% pure.”

It is allowable to use solvents to clean machinery used in bottling (please look again at the “Help Your Family, Too” section that begins on page 347)! It is also allowable to use solvents to make spice oleoresins, which are used as flavouring.

21 CFR 173.240 (4-1-94 Edition) Isopropyl Alcohol.

Isopropyl alcohol may be present in the following foods under the conditions specified:

(a) In spice oleoresins as a residue from the extraction of spice, at a level not to exceed 50 parts per million.

(b) In lemon oil as a residue in production of the oil, at a level not to exceed 6 parts per million.

(c) [Discusses its use in hops extract.]

Here is a summary of other solvents mentioned:

Solvent Allowable residue inspice oleoresins Paragraphin 21 CFR
Acetone 30 PPM 173.210
Ethyiene dichloride 30 PPM 173.230
Methyl alcohol 50 PPM 173.250
Methylene chloride 30 PPM 173.255
Hexane 25 PPM 173.270
Trichloroethylene 30 PPM 173.290

I have found all these solvents and others in commercial beverages! Some of the solvents I have found are just too toxic to be believed! Yet you can build the test apparatus yourself (see the “Making A Syncrometer” section that begins on page 457), buy foods at your grocery store, and tabulate your own results. I hope you do, and I hope you find that the food in your area is cleaner than mine! Remember that the Syncrometer can only determine the presence or absence of something, not the concentration. There may only be a few parts per billion, but a sick person trying to get well cannot afford any solvent intake. For that matter, none of us should tolerate any of these:

  • Acetone in carbonated drinks
  • Benzene in store-bought drinking water (including distilled), store-bought fruit juice (including health varieties)
  • Carbon tetrachloride in store-bought drinking water
  • Decane in health foods and beverages
  • Hexanes in decafs
  • Hexanedione in flavoured foods
  • Isophorone in flavoured foods
  • Methyl butyl ketone and Methyl ethyl ketone in flavoured foods
  • Methylene chloride in fruit juice
  • Pentane in decafs
  • Propyl alcohol in bottled water, commercial fruit juices, commercial beverages.
  • Toluene and xylene in carbonated drinks
  • Trichloroethane(TCE), TC Ethylene in flavoured foods
  • Wood alcohol (methanol) in carbonated drinks, diet drinks, herb tea blends, store-bought water, infant formula

If you allowed a tiny drop of kerosene or carpet cleaning fluid to get into your pet’s food every day, wouldn’t you expect your pet to get sick? Why would you not expect to be sick with these solvents in your daily food? I imagine these solvents are just tiny amounts, introduced by sterilizing equipment, the manufacturing process, and adding flavour or colour. Flavours and colours for food must be extracted somehow from the leaves or bark or beans from which they come. But until safe methods are invented, such food should be considered unsafe for human consumption (or pets or livestock!).