99 Percent of Chemicals in Foods Are Self-Certified by Industry, NOT FDA

I’m embarrassed I didn’t know about this sooner. Here’s what you need to know about GRAS. 

Detoxify 1000s of Chemicals From Your Body Just With Food:

0:00 Introduction: What is GRAS?
0:25 The truth about GRAS
1:20 A deeper look at certain chemicals 
5:50 Learn more about detoxification! 

Let’s talk about the term GRAS (generally recognized as safe). GRAS applies to chemicals that are in our environment and food. 

GRAS implies that the chemical is regulated and has been through a lot of safety studies. However, the FDA allows companies to self-certify their chemicals as safe. 

There are about 10,000 chemicals in our food supply, and 99% of them have not been reviewed for safety. 

GRAS is more of a loophole that companies use to imply that their chemicals are safe despite outside testing. 

Six chemicals that are generally recognized as safe: 
1. Nitrates: 
• Help preserve meat 
• Increase shelf life 
• Increase the risk of cancer 
• Could be in your drinking water 

2. BHA:
• A preservative 
• An endocrine disruptor 
• A carcinogen 

3. BHT: 
• A preservative 
• An endocrine disruptor 
• Toxic to the liver and kidneys 
• Increases cancer risk 

4. Potassium bromide: 
• A dough conditioner used in many flour products 
• A carcinogen 
• Can inhibit iodine 

5. Brominated vegetable oil:
• A flavor stabilizer in beverages 
• A flame retardant 
• Can harm the nervous system and brain 
• Can affect your memory 
• Can interfere with iodine 

6. Titanium dioxide 
• Gives candy a smooth texture and brightens colors 
• Can cause DNA damage 
• Increases cancer risk 
• A heavy metal 

Our bodies have the ability to get rid of a lot of these poisons if we don’t consume too many. 

However, some people have a problem with their detoxification genes. This means that they have a lessened ability to get rid of these poisons. 

The best thing to do is to try to avoid these chemicals and consume foods that support the detoxification process, like cruciferous vegetables. 

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 58, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals®. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full-time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Thanks for watching! I hope this helps increase your awareness of what GRAS really means. I’ll see you in the next video.


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  1. Nicole Casavant on April 29, 2023 at 10:12 am

    Love Dr.Berg dedication to health!

  2. Wendy Ferguson on April 29, 2023 at 10:12 am

    Wendy F from Michigan. I’ve been watching your videos for about a month and I’ve started the intermittent fasting and eating properly. I’ve been trying to get to my ideal weight for a long time. I’ve gone from 156 to 138 in 2 weeks. I’m going to continue this routine. Thank you for the information

    • Relevant .C on April 29, 2023 at 10:40 am

      congrats. i started IF 3 weeks ago as well and been using potassium citrate 2k mg a day and glycine -2 tiny scoops a day and doing a liquid fast but i do have a couple small oranges in the evening and 1/2 meal once a week. no scale so cant weigh myself til i see my dr next but i feel a huge difference. no cravings and not hungry. i do take NAC at night too. good luck keep going. u got this!!

    • Dorene Bonczkiewicz on April 29, 2023 at 12:06 pm

      Way to go .Ive done this I feel so much better dropped several pant sizes lost about 30 lbs.I have so much energy now . I DO OMAD .


    • Dorene Bonczkiewicz on April 29, 2023 at 12:06 pm


    • Alexander on April 29, 2023 at 1:08 pm

      You could’ve done this at any time without him.

    • Stuart Gregory on April 29, 2023 at 2:23 pm

      Good for you.

  3. Lance Shenandoah on April 29, 2023 at 10:14 am

    Thank you. The LOOP HOLES I hate most are “NATURAL FLAVORS” AND “ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS” in the ingredients label. Why don’t they have to tell us what those “flavors” actually are?

    • fewworddotrick on April 29, 2023 at 12:42 pm

      The scary part is that most of this has come onto the scene in the last 80 years. We have zero idea what the long term effects of it will be. All so they can pad their back pockets with cash.

    • Matt Lacasse on April 29, 2023 at 1:56 pm

      Artificial flavors is the better option, Natural flavors is a marketing scheme.

    • Trinity 88 on April 29, 2023 at 2:28 pm


    • AA on April 29, 2023 at 2:46 pm

      @J L I just went to the Vitamin Shoppe and several supplements and powders had the “natural flavor” label. Literally almost every single product has it 😂.

  4. cooljamie76 on April 29, 2023 at 10:16 am

    That’s why regular detox is a must . Theres no way most people can eat clean 100% even the so-called “organic” came with a lot of stuffs we have zero knowledge about.

    • Dr Sean Patrick on April 29, 2023 at 4:57 pm

      I’ve eaten over 14 months 💯 % clean via supporting my local farm and butcher shop by going strict carnivore.

    • Veronica Scott on April 29, 2023 at 5:15 pm

      @Alexander please explain?

    • Alexander on April 29, 2023 at 5:20 pm

      @Veronica Scott Sure. Blanket complaining about chemicals in food as a whole is rediculous because food is chemicals. People who can’t understand the basic concept that they themselves are made of chemicals, generally aren’t capable of understanding what and why certain chemicals are actually harmful in ones diet.
      Edit: One of the very few examples actually given was titanium.

    • Brandonxs9 r on April 29, 2023 at 6:50 pm

      Make sure you guys know that most of these toxins/indsutrial-byproducts are fat soluble: so that makes obesity even more of a concern.

  5. Yankee 🌹 Rose on April 29, 2023 at 10:17 am

    Poisons in our food is right Dr. Berg! Eat lots of vegetables, exercise, get some sunshine, sleep well, lemon water and stress free. ❤ Love your vitamins and electrolyte powders too! Have a blessed day everyone!

    • Alexander on April 29, 2023 at 3:06 pm

      @Vera Jones Food is made of chemical compounds, duh.

    • Vera Jones on April 29, 2023 at 3:11 pm

      @Alexander Whatever!

    • Yankee 🌹 Rose on April 29, 2023 at 3:48 pm

      ​@Vera Jones I do too my sweet friend! Have a beautiful weekend. ❤

    • Vera Jones on April 29, 2023 at 4:50 pm

      @Yankee 🌹 Rose Happy Sabbath! Have a bless weekend also.🥰

    • Alexander on April 29, 2023 at 4:56 pm

      @Vera Jones True 4IQ response

  6. Sabrina and husband on April 29, 2023 at 10:28 am

    Unfortunately these preservatives are all over our foods. That’s why keto is such a bless: in a sense that people make their own bread and desserts at home, and can control the ingredients. Thanks for the info Dr Berg 🌸

    • marmaladesunrise on April 29, 2023 at 11:39 am

      Except these flour manufacturers are allowed to add 20% cricket flour in WITHOUT disclosure. Thanks to FDA.

    • tracy on April 29, 2023 at 11:47 am

      they still add crap to the animals..you get limited to what you can eat and expensive.

    • Yondainc on April 29, 2023 at 11:54 am

      @marmaladesunrise I found a flour company that doesn’t add the chemicals. I’ll find it and add the link asap

    • Onyx 368 on April 29, 2023 at 12:15 pm

      Well actually no. Unless you are making many of the ingredients for that bread or food, you are not in control, they are. You are just limiting what they have made. But good on you for being discerning.

    • Carola Blue on April 29, 2023 at 6:06 pm

      Grow your own nuts, beans, etc., and grind them just before using,

  7. Andre Reiter on April 29, 2023 at 10:28 am

    Geez, what a shocker 🙄 Just imagine what folks have had injected in them the past 2 years…..

    • James * on April 29, 2023 at 11:35 am

      Population control.

    • Zinna Katt on April 29, 2023 at 6:54 pm

      Injectable GMO’s, the food additives weren’t working fast enough.

  8. carol mckeever on April 29, 2023 at 10:31 am

    Thanks Doctor Berg for sharing this info. I have known for a number of years about tbe poisons in our food and i am trying to grow my own this year as i have a garden now. Bless you for all that you do for humanity 💚

  9. Babbs In SC on April 29, 2023 at 10:51 am

    Thank you !!♥️
    I have been dealing with these issues for years and I know that all these chemicals are disrupting our entire bodies. I’m 63 and have been researching issues like this for years, reading labels. Most people have likely thought that I am crazy! There are a lot of foods I won’t eat … I am allergic to wheat products so that limits so many things. These chemicals like MSG derivatives and Titanium Dioxide are the worst for anyone… all the meats in fast food and at in dining restaurants are usually full of these toxins you mentioned. We need to research, plan our meals , and prepare our foods in a healthier manner than our ancestors! It takes some time and effort but your body will thank you and you will feel better without all the additives. Frankly it should be better regulated but look at what all they allow Big Pharma to put out on medications.
    So there really is no true regulation on anything!!
    Thank you for letting people be aware so they can buy and prepare food that’s healthy for their families.
    Unfortunately organic prices are not the best so buying local if possible and supporting the right people continue to grow healthy food is the answer. I just wish healthy alternatives more affordable and easily accessible…. so try even growing your own veggies if you need to! Get your eggs from a reliable sources even if it is more expensive. Know what you are consuming and see how much better you feel.
    Thank you as always Dr Berg!! This is so important for truly good health !!🙏🏻♥️

    • william Hoeweler on April 29, 2023 at 1:41 pm

      Yep better grow a garden

    • sri sruthi on April 29, 2023 at 2:29 pm

    • Laura K on April 29, 2023 at 3:49 pm

      💯🎯Thank you👍

    • MyDanyMax on April 29, 2023 at 4:46 pm

      I do appreciate you precious comment. Cheers and stay *Healthy.*

    • Ernie Koch on April 29, 2023 at 6:17 pm

      I’m 80 yes. Been doing this all my life. Ask yrslf ..why do l. I get sick every ti.e I eat??? I’m type o. That is diff.

  10. SuperKenndog on April 29, 2023 at 11:01 am

    Protect this man at all costs

  11. Juggalot33ny on April 29, 2023 at 11:05 am

    Thank you for making this video. I definitely approve of information like this to help the average Joe understand what these poisons… I mean chemicals do to you.

    • beatricecallan on April 29, 2023 at 3:59 pm

      They’re poisons!! You are right to call them like this!!

  12. RaptureReady on April 29, 2023 at 11:33 am

    And people think all this isn’t planned!? They know exactly what they’re doing!

    • Zoe on April 29, 2023 at 6:11 pm

      Definitely, imo.

  13. moody mother on April 29, 2023 at 11:35 am

    You’re channel is so educational and comforting thank you for taking the time to upload this stuff for all walks of life that may need it .

  14. Rodney McEwen on April 29, 2023 at 11:56 am

    I just want to say that you and your videos hahadca drastic change in my life. I lost 30 pounds in 6 months. Intermittent fasting and nutrient dense food. Thank you so much! I’ve recommended your channel to several friends and family. I’m 43 and have never looked or felt better.

  15. Susan Estanda on April 29, 2023 at 12:42 pm

    Thank you Dr. Berg this is so helpful and as an eye opener to everyone… specially the parents who spoiling their kids on eating those foods loaded by carcenogen stuff. The kids now a days don’t like to eat vegetables 😢 it’s so sad. They like to eat burger fries drinking sodas milk tea.

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on April 29, 2023 at 1:14 pm

      You’re welcome. Thanks for watching the video.

    • Susan Estanda on April 29, 2023 at 4:14 pm


  16. William Bolton on April 29, 2023 at 1:01 pm

    Very important video, Dr Berg. Thank you for informing people about this!! We are being intentionally poisoned.

    • Trinity 88 on April 29, 2023 at 2:29 pm

      yes, we surely are

  17. Gaybrielle Hastings on April 29, 2023 at 1:59 pm

    I’ve lived in Europe now for almost four years and am shocked at how many chemicals are banned here but not the US. Anyone traveling from here to the US will also tell you that the one thing we have in common is lots of belly aches after eating in the US. Plus the sugar content in foods in the states is unbelievable compared to Europe.

    • CrazyRatLady on April 29, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      Yeah American priorities are completely out of whack. It’s economic growth at ANY cost. These polluting and poisoning co’s need their profits protected.

    • beatricecallan on April 29, 2023 at 3:57 pm

      And then, me living in Europe, I‘m still p***ed off at what is allowed to be added here in Europe, that is already far too much!!

  18. EMILY ANNAM on April 29, 2023 at 2:12 pm

    This is crazy! This is exactly why I want to move off grid and grow my own food. Hunt for food. Society needs to go back in time when people provided for themselves. Poison is poison, period. Who is authorizing poison into our food!?!?!? Btw, I absolutely love your videos, Dr.!! Thank you for sharing your knowledge and helping to keep us safe!! 👍☺️🙏🕊️✌️

    • FROG FAN on April 29, 2023 at 4:55 pm

      The new Apeel food spray that will be put on organic as well as conventional veggies and fruits , was tested only by Apeel. It is listed as generally safe. Just a heads-up food about to get coated.

  19. lamont814 on April 29, 2023 at 2:27 pm

    I learned all about bromine many years ago when my wife had Hashimoto’s, hyper-thyroid, a small tumor on her pineal gland and a huge fibroid tumor on her uterus. She was ice cold all the time and skinny as a rail as she took the doctor prescribed synthetic thyroid medication. Her condition worsened until she was bed ridden a majority of the time. Out of desperation I started studying these conditions and found iodine and its huge importance in the body. I spent a month researching and found 2 doctors who wrote a book on iodine, Dr. Brownstein and Dr. Abraham. There is also another iodine expert Dr. Flechas. I became convinced that she had a severe iodine deficiency despite her being very “allergic” to shellfish and the application of iodine to her skin. I wondered how she could be allergic to something that is so important to the body ? When you are iodine deficient the body gets desperate for it. Since bromine sits right next to it on the periodic table of elements it attaches itself to the iodine binding sites in the thyroid. She agreed that she would take iodine tablets and titrate to bowel tolerance to see if her thyroid would release the bromine and allow the iodine to replace it. I did this too. We went to the doctors and told them what our plan was. They said no and did not want anything to do with what I had come up with. They agreed to take a battery of tests before we embarked on my plan. Long story short after a few days of “large” doses of iodine you could literally smell the bromine coming out in your urine. In 2 months my wife regained all her weight back, the fibroid disappeared along with the tumor on her pineal. When we went back to the doctors they were astonished and took a follow up battery of tests. They said her results looked like someone who was never sick in the first place !!! She never took her medication during the iodine therapy and has never had her symptoms return all these years later. Unfortunately most medical professionals I relay this story to reply with a “whatever” or similar response and aren’t interested.

    • diane blevis on April 29, 2023 at 4:20 pm

      What’s your opinion re this Dr Berg??

    • Zoe on April 29, 2023 at 6:10 pm

      Wait, so you’re saying bromine had attached to the iodine binding sites and therefore she couldn’t absorb iodine?

    • lamont814 on April 29, 2023 at 6:42 pm

      @Zoe  Exactly. Iodine, bromine, chlorine, and fluorine all sit next to each other in the Halogen group on the periodic table. The thyroid needs to fill those binding sites and will grab what fits even if it isn’t a perfect match. Once the thyroid sees real iodine in sufficient amounts it releases the imposter and fills itself with the real deal. Iodine is critical to human health. So critical in fact that every cell in the body has a binding site for it. 😇

  20. Maria H on April 29, 2023 at 4:12 pm

    Thank you Dr Berg. It’s so refreshing to have a medically trained professional publicly speak out for the betterment of the people. Greatly appreciated.

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