Friday, October 5, 2007

PUR Flavor Options (flavored water) Death Tonic

This is a little off topic for this blog, however there are a few things that burn my bottom that I must write about.

The other day I heard that the company named PUR introduced a new product to market that injects flavoring into your filtered tap water. Well, I figured unless you take fresh fruit and squeeze the juice into your water, the PUR system must be 100% artificial, full of chemicals. I instantly went to the PUR website ( to investigate.

Well, it was no surprise that when I found the ingredients, I almost choked. The first ingredient listed (besides TAP water) is PROPYLENE GLYCOL -15%.

Propylene Glycol is used in Antifreeze, you know...the stuff used in your cars....the stuff that can kill your dog if they drink it......

Most Common Uses For Propylene Glycol
Antifreezing Agents
De-icing agents
Heat Transferring Agents
Liquid-phase Transfer Media (Temps 0-300C)
Heat Transferring Agents
Secondary Coolants
Softeners in Cosmetic Emollient Moisturizers

Let's look at all of the ingredients listed.

1. Propylene Glycol 15%
2. Citric Acid
3. Raspberry/Peach/Strawberry Flavor
4. Alcohol 3%
5. Sodium Citrate
6. Malic Acid
7. Acesulfame K
8. Sucralose
9. Benzoic Acid
10. Sorbic Acid
11. Sodium Chloride

Let's now examine each ingredient.

1. Propylene Glycol - (see above)

2. Citric Acid - Citric acid is recognized as safe for use in food by all major national and international food regulatory agencies. However, what is the source/quality of the citric acid?

3. Raspberry/Peach/Strawberry Flavor - What is this? Well, is it from real fruit or is it artificial? Find out more about "natural" flavors at

4. Alcohol 3% - Another vague ingredient, let's hope it's not Isopropyl.

5. Sodium Citrate - Sodium Citrate is used in ice cream to keep the fat globules from sticking together. It is also an anti-coagulant.

6. Malic Acid - Malic acid is the source of extreme tartness. It is also used with or in place of the less sour citric acid in sour candies such as Jolly Ranchers and SweeTarts. These candies are sometimes labeled with a warning that excessive consumption can cause irritation of the mouth.

7. Acesulfame K - READ THIS! From CSPI's web page:
... acetoacetamide, a breakdown product, has been shown to affect the thyroid in rats, rabbits, and dogs. Administration of 1% and 5% acetoacetamide in the diet for three months caused benign thyroid tumors in rats. The rapid appearance of tumors raises serious questions about the chemicalÕs carcinogenic potency."

8. Sucralose - (Splenda) I could dedicate an entire website on the dangers of this ingredient. Do yourself a favor and just perform an Internet search, you will be sickened. Check out Dr. Mercola's website for more info.

9. Benzoic Acid (Carboxybenzene) -Benzoic acid is used as an anti-microbial agent.

10. Sorbic Acid - Sorbic acid is used to inhibit molds, yeasts, and fungi in many foods, such as cheese, wine, and baked goods. Sometimes confused with ascorbic acid, (Vitamin C)

11. Sodium Chloride - Known as salt, table salt, sea salt, rock salt, common salt.

Sounds PUR to me! Anyone up for a nice glass of chemicals?


Check out this great link for more about the dangers of the food "they" let us eat.

Boston-Biosafety Cares

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