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Phosphates May Cause Skin Cancer

Phosphates May Be a Major Factor in Skin Cancer

You may not think about phosphates much, but they're in an astonishing variety of foods: soda, candy, frozen pizzas, cheese, some skim milk, and ketchup, among other edibles. Unfortunately, their ubiquity may be a very bad thing indeed:  A study from Emory University published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research suggests that they may be a factor in our high skin cancer rates. To find out more about the link between phosphates and skin cancer, just keep reading.

Specifically, the study's findings suggest that phosphates may actually promote tumor development and accelerate tumor growth. That can make skin cancer a more common, rapidly progressing, and deadly disease than it was for previous generations. Additionally, human consumption of phosphates in the form of food additives has skyrocketed in the last four decades, which could be a further link to heightened skin cancer rates in recent years.

Phosphate isn't usually a bad thing — it's necessary for healthy bone formation — but the research suggests we're consuming far too much of it, which may be making us sick. The average American consumes about 1,334 milligrams of phosphates per day, even though the RDA is only 700 mg. With new information about additives and cancer coming to light all the time, it's not a bad idea to take this as an opportunity to start reading your labels carefully, and making sure you get the amount of phosphate you need without overdosing.

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GummiBears GummiBears 7 years
Well damn. This has really kick started my drive to cook almost everything from scratch.
bryseana bryseana 7 years
Seems like it would be hard to avoid if it's in so many products. I try to eat organic and use organic products, but it gets rather expensive. And I read recently that the label "organic" isn't regulated. So, anyone could slap that label on something.
SanDiegoLove SanDiegoLove 7 years
Notice that most of the foods listed in the post aren't necessarily vital, healthy foods. While phosphates are found in almost everything, adding more to our diets is avoidable.
Beauty Beauty 7 years
Michlny, phosphates are listed as such in the ingredients, but they usually have another name with them, so you'll see "tricalcium phosphate", "phosphoric acid", "phosphate salts", "potassium phosphate", or some other variation. Bonchic, most organics lines forego phosphates as a matter of course—I like Revolution Beauty and Korres—but the drugstore is a little harder. There are plenty of products that don't have phosphates in them, but not everything from an entire brand may be phosphate free. My big takeaway from this is that I need to read my food ingredient info more, because I sometimes forget that the additives I ingest can harm my body's other systems.
michlny michlny 7 years
How do we know if a product has phosphates? Is it listed as phosphate in the ingredients?
bonchicbongenre bonchicbongenre 7 years
Scary stuff...can you recommend some phosphates free lines? I know Burt's Bees is phosphate free but I'm not familiar with much else.
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
Oh boy....I feel like just about everything is going to give us cancer.
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