Last updated on October 20th, 2022 at 07:59 am
Are you concerned about what you eat? Do you wonder if there are dangerous food additives lurking in your favorite foods? Find out the food additives list here!
Every chemical process in the body depends on our consumption of food, water, and air. Since this is true, paying attention to what we eat is essential for good health. The problem is that eating well is easy when eating fresh produce. However, it can be a challenge when shopping for processed foods. Often we eat whatever is presented to us in our local supermarkets and fast-food outlets, without taking the time to read nutrition labels. Result: We don’t know what we are eating.
There are over 3000 different chemical additives used in food processing. We are told that these chemicals are used to enhance the food, but many times they are used to disguising the food. Unfortunately, many of these “ENHANCERS” are also known carcinogens.
9 Dangerous Food Additives to Avoid
Many people don’t know that certain food additives can be very dangerous. Discover the truth behind these hidden dangers!
There are many types of food additives, but some of them are more harmful than others.
Food additives List
- High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS): This increases your low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels (or bad cholesterol levels) and contributes to the development of diabetes.
- Artificial Sweeteners: Aspartame is believed to be by far the most dangerous food additive in the market today. Symptoms attributed to these sweeteners include severe headaches, nausea, vertigo, slurred speech, memory loss, blindness, ringing in the ears, loss or change of taste. The major selling point of sweeteners is as a diet-aid, yet ironically, research suggests that these sugar substitutes make little difference in the bulge’s battle. Avoid artificial sweeteners and switch to alternative forms of sugar like honey, jaggery, etc.
- Monosodium Glutamate (MSG): Used as a flavour enhancer, MSG has excitotoxin, a substance that can overexcite and damage cells.
- Transfats: many studies show that trans fats increase LDL cholesterol levels and increase the risk of heart attacks, heart disease and strokes.
- Common Food Dyes: Artificial colourings may contribute to behavioural problems in children and have been implicated in the significant reduction in IQ.
- Sodium Sulphite: This is a preservative used in processed foods. People who are sulphite sensitive can experience headaches, breathing problems and rashes.
- Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BAH) and Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT): BHA & BHT are preservatives that affect the neurological system, alter behaviour and have the potential to cause cancer
- Sulphur Dioxide: Sulphur additives are toxic and in the USA they have been prohibited in raw fruit & vegetables. Adverse reactions include bronchial problems, low blood pressure, and anaphylactic shock. The processing of white sugar also leaves sulphur residue behind. Choose sulphur-free white sugar if you prefer the refined variety.
- Potassium Bromate: An additive that is used to increase volume in some bread. It causes cancer in animals and even a small amount can create problems in humans.
The potential health risks of these chemical ingredients are amplified because no one knows what happens when they are all combined into the chemical cocktail that most people consume daily. Avoiding chemicals in our diet is not really that difficult. Reading labels is one of the most useful things you can do. If the list of ingredients in the package is as long as your arm, it’s probably not a good idea to eat that food.
If the print is so small that you need a magnifying glass or if the list is cleverly tucked under a flap on the pack, wonder what is being hidden. A wise choice is to support organic foods and those as close to their natural state as possible.
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