Like thieves in the night, food additives such as preservatives, colorings and various so-called flavor enhancers, sneak in to destroy your health. Although ramifications of their use may not be immediate, many of these so-called “safe additions” to our modern day food build up in the system and can cause tremendous physiological problems over time
Anyone who is concerned about their health and the health of those they love should be savvy regarding additives. Don’t think for a second that the food industry is going to give you the information that you need to make a decision on what to eat. Do the research yourself and you will find out what is really safe for you and your family.
Here are some of the most dangerous food additives used today.
High Fructose Corn Syrup
This is a hyper-refined artificial sweetener that is found in many processed foods. Although information on this dangerous additive is becoming more widespread, and some manufacturers are cutting it out of their foods, it is still a common ingredient found in many fast and processed foods including salad dressings, breads, cereals and sweet drinks including soda.
This highly dangerous sweetener has actually been called toxic due to the serious impact it has on human health. Not surprisingly, the rise in a variety of chronic conditions including obesity, have paralleled the use of high fructose corn syrup. Hypertension, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, liver and kidney disease may all be in part attributed to consumption of foods and drinks containing high fructose corn syrup.
Potassium bromate is used in white flour, rolls and bread to increase volume. There have been concerns that this chemical, an oxidizing agent, may be carcinogenic. A study published in 1982 found that it caused cancer in rats.This lead to the substance being put on the “possibly carcinogenic to humans” list by the Agency for Research on Cancer. Potassium bromate has been banned by governments including European Union, Canada, Brazil, China, and Peru.
Research indicates that many artificial colorings found in soda, fruit juices, and salad dressings may cause behavioral problems in kids along with a reduction IQ. Also, there has been research linked to food colorings cancer and other serious conditions. Here are the ones you should be most concerned with:
Blue #1 and Blue # 2
These dyes are banned in Norway, France and Finland due to the fact that they may cause chromosomal damage. This dye is found in candy, cereal, sports drinks and pet foods.
Red #3 and #40
In 1990, this dye was banned from use in foods and cosmetics but it still is seen on the market. Found in fruit cocktail, cherry pie mix, ice cream, candy, baked products and more, it has been found to cause thyroid cancer and chromosomal damage in lab animals. In addition, these dyes may interfere with brain-nerve transmission.
Yellow #6 and Yellow Tartazine
These dyes are banned in both Sweden and Norway and have been linked to kidney and adrenal gland tumors in lab animals. In addition, they may also cause chromosomal damage. If you want to avoid these dyes stay clear from foods like American cheese, macaroni and chees, carbonated beverages, lemonade and yellow candy.
Like many other additives, the impact of MSG (monosodium glutamate) is cumulative. You may not have noticeable side effects right away, but over time they do add up. This flavor enhancer is often found in Chinese food, soups, lunch meat, frozen dinners, dry spice mixes, meats, canned vegetables and more. Although the FDA has called MSG “generally recognized as safe,” there remains a great deal of controversy around this. Because of this, MSG must be reported on food labels.
Some people are particularly sensitive to MSG and an experience a number of symptoms including, headache, sweating, flushing, chest pain, weakness, nausea and rapid heart palpitations.
Sodium nitrate is a preservative, coloring, and flavoring that is found in bacon, hot dogs, ham, lunch meats, smoked fish, corned beef and a number of other processed meats. Research has found that this preservative becomes carcinogenic when it enters the digestive system. In 1970, the USDA tried to ban this additive due to its toxic nature. However, this was quickly overruled by food manufacturers who felt that they would have no other way to preserve meat.
These toxic additives are found in beer, soft drinks, juices, wine, vinegar, potato products and dried fruit. They are toxic and the FDA has forbidden their use on raw fruits and vegetables. Side effects from this additive may include low blood pressure, flushing and tingling or even anaphylactic shock. In addition, this toxin can also destroy vitamins B1 and E.
If you eat margarine, crackers, chips, baked goods or fast foods, there is a good chance that you are consuming trans fat. This highly dangerous and very unstable fake fat has been linked to an increase in bad cholesterol, a decrease in good cholesterol, increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and heart attacks. Although the FDA has given food manufacturers until 2018 to stop using trans fat, you still have to be on the lookout for it. If the product you are eating has partially hydrogenated oil in it – stay clear, they still contain trans fat.
The list above is by no means exhaustive as far as dangerous food additives are concerned. The first step to avoiding food additives at all costs is to do your own research. Stay up on these chemicals and how they can destroy your health. After that, eat as much organic and whole food as possible and stay clear of processed, packaged and fast food that contain many of these chemicals.