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Dunkin Donuts Removes Titanium Dioxide from Powdered Sugar

Dunkin Donuts (NASDAQ: DNKN) will no longer be serving powdered sugar donuts that contain any amount of titanium dioxide, CNNMoney reported. Brought up by the public interest group As You Sow, the chemical can cause damage to DNA and chromosomes in humans.

According to CNNMoney, titanium dioxide serves to make the powdered sugar brighter.

"This is a groundbreaking decision," President and Chief counsel of As You Sew Danielle Fugere said. "Dunkin' has demonstrated strong industry leadership by removing this potentially harmful ingredient from its donuts."

CNNMoney commenter santosaint said:

“YEA, all of you that blame the consumer of the products have a complete disregard for the topic and the problem. Corporate America and their relentless pursuit of profit. Pink slime, mad cow, etc.

BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene): this common additive used to prevent oxidation in a wide variety of foods and cosmetics is listed by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) in 2005 as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen” on the basis of experimental findings in animals. It is also used in jet fuels, rubber petroleum products, transformer oil and embalming fluid. As if this were not enough, the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) warns that BHT should not be allowed to enter the environment, can cause liver damage, and is harmful to aquatic organisms.

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS): Loaded with “unbound” fructose and glucose molecules, studies have shown that the reactive carbonyl molecules can cause tissue damage that may lead to obesity, diabetes, and also heart disease. So much for this “Strong Heart Antioxidants” cereal recipe! HFCS is made from genetically modified corn and processed with genetically modified enzymes. To make matters worse, studies have recently revealed that nearly half of tested samples of HFCS contained mercury.

Yellow #5: Almost all colorants approved for use in food are derived from coal tar and may contain up tp 10ppm of lead and arsenic. Also, and not surprisingly, most coal tar colors could potentially cause cancer.”