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Jet fuel in food products causes health concerns

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Megan Khor
Compounds in jet fuel are a common ingredient on grocery store items, and many companies employ marketing tactics that misrepresent their contents.

In recent years, social media boosted an influx of fad diets, workout programs, and tips that promise to be “life-altering” in its algorithm. These trends claim that they hold insight into the quickest way to lose weight or improve their appearance. However, experts say that the increased consumption of social media content makes it increasingly challenging to ensure that consumers are receiving accurate information regarding their food products. 

In the U.S., rates of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity nearly tripled from 1999 to 2020. Numerous scientific studies found that the U.S. has looser regulatory gaps in the food ingredients it bans compared to other countries. Many of the ingredients banned across the world that the U.S. allows are listed as toxic and non-edible. 

Research studies have indicated that human exposure to jet fuel has harmful long-term effects, including blood disorders and liver dysfunction. (Peggy Chen)

One of the most common and deadly is “mineral oil,” and is known as one of the components of petroleum, or crude oil. It is a chemical compound that fuels cars and planes, and acts as a lubricant. In grocery stores, it is used as a preservative to keep packaged goods like baked treats and crackers fresh.

Because Petroleum doesn’t go bad, it is used in manufaturing prodution. However, it also makes synthetic yellow dye in cheesy snacks — like Cheetos.

A chemical coined as brominated vegetable oil or BVO is actually a flame retardant that was used in the past to keep plastics from catching fire. BVO is a common ingredient found in carbonated soft drinks such as Mountain Dew and Dr. Pepper. This chemical is banned in Europe and Japan, yet the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows it to continue to be used under the idea that it helps artificial flavorings from separating and that it is “up for further research.” 

Consuming BVO in copious amounts is linked to an increase in memory loss, early onset puberty, and an increased risk for impairing neurological disabilities.

Many large corporations that use these toxic chemicals also employ marketing tactics to con Americans into believing that these ingredients are safe to consume. One such tactic is to label ingredients in a similar manner as other safe-to-consume ingredients. 

Oils are also a large part of the American diet and typically known to be healthy in moderation. Food labels are labeled terms like “vegetable oil”, “avocado oil” and “canola oil”, making “mineral oil” a seemingly similar product. 

Packaging is also programmed to draw consumers in. This is commonly employed using color theory and popular buzzwords such as “naturally flavored” or “sugar-free.” The term “naturally flavored” is also used ambiguously due to a lack of regulations from the FDA. For many companies, “natural” means that it’s sourced from a natural area, rather than being healthy. 

Companies continue to use these ingredients in their food products, as further research on the health effects of their consumption emerges.

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Isabel Westerlund, Social Media Editor
Isabel Westerlund is a senior at Green Hope, and this is her second year on the staff of the GH Falcon. She has a passion for social media and enjoys interviewing and interacting with her fellow classmates. She loves being with friends, playing soccer, and creating fun videos and posts for the whole school to enjoy. Isabel also enjoys travelling and spent her summer in Norway, Washington DC, and Florida. She can't wait to see what this year will bring for ghfalcon.com and all of its socials.
Megan Khor, Multimedia Editor
Megan Khor is a senior here at Green Hope, and this is her second year as a staff member of the GHFalcon. She is looking forward to working with this year's Falcon Staff. Megan found her passion for the arts in fifth grade, and she now uses this knowledge to engage in graphic design from Adobe Leadership.  Megan finds herself at peace when she has the freedom and liberties to express herself through drawing and writing. To her, there is no greater gift than being able to showcase stories that can bring people together as a whole. In her free time, Megan can be found on walks, hanging out with her friends, and running projects such as her five-year-old online art community. 
Peggy Chen, News Editor
Peggy Chen is a junior at Green Hope High School, and this is her second year in the journalism program. She is thrilled to serve as the news editor and be able to report on the issues that she is passionate about. She is focused on covering climate, local policy, and food systems, but always loves a good investigative story. Outside the Falcon, she spends her time serving on the Los Angeles Times High School Advisory Board, playing tennis, and reading about space exploration. She is excited to make an impact through journalism at Green Hope!
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    JenniferDec 13, 2023 at 4:01 pm

    So informative (and scary). Thanks for publishing this information. Great article!

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