Health Robbers Report
Cocamide DEA is an ingredient that is chemically modified from coconut oil. Many green cleaning products use the term “plant derived” or derived from coconut oil. You would then naturally think that the product would be safe to use and was “green”. What most consumers are not aware of is that in order to manufacture a finished product ingredients go through a chemical process that are often combined with other ingredients that are toxic and unsafe. Cocamide DEA is one example of this.
Cocamide DEA is a viscous liquid made by reacting the mixture of fatty acids from coconut oil with diethanolmine. This synthetic component can react with sodium nitrate or nitrate oxides to form carcinogenic compounds called nitrosamines. Nitrosamines are highly carcinogenetic.
The health risk is that they are hormone-disrupting chemicals and may form cancer-causing agents. They have been linked to miscarriages and inhibiting fetal brain development. They are also easily absorbed by the skin and research indicates a strong link to liver and kidney cancer.
DEAs are used to create, increase and stabilize foam, and act as an emulsifer and thickening agent. You will find them used in dish washing soap, detergents, soaps, shampoos, facial cleansers, and other body care products.