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Food Additives Detrimental To Good Health That You Should Avoid.

Posted Aug 06 2009 11:31pm

The chemical transformation of the food industry began over one hundred years ago and by the 1980’s there was over 20,000 chemically altered food products on store shelves. By 2000 the list had grown to over 30,000 chemically adulterated,processed, preserved, treated, or modified foods on store shelves in the United States and the list is even greater now. Chemicals were and are used in the all phases of food production. They are used in the growing process to enhance, speed up or modify growth. They are used for pest control, for prevention of crop disease, and for food preservation from transportation to store shelves to the home. Finding a way to make foods last longer prevented financial losses from products that went bad and had to be discarded. The use of chemicals facilitated the transformation of food industry to meet the demands of an every growing population and transference to city life away from rural living and growth of cities pushing farther and farther out with suburban sprawl pushing farming far away. We now understand that although there was a sincere interests in progressing food production and distribution, there have been and continue to be very dire consequences to our individual health as a result of this so called modernization of food production. Higher standards of quality or perceived quality also contributed to the transformation of foods. Most often food additive chemicals were and are used to preserve, enhance, flavor, sweeten, color, thicken, texturize, and stabilize.

Research has shown that many of these additives are carcinogenic and potentially linked to cancers, tumors, organ dysfunction such as thyroid conditions as well as neurological dysfunctions.(1) Of significant importance is the discovery that many artificial food colorings have been linked to hyperactivity in sensitive children. Currently the FDA is being petitioned by CSPI -Center for Science in the Public Interest to ban the food colorings Yellow # 5 and 6, Red # 3 and 40, Blue # 1 and 2, Green #3, and Orange B. They cite the growing evidence that links them along with the preservative sodium benzoate to hyperactivity and other behavior problems in children.(2) Parents who feel their children have been harmed by food dyes are urged to file reports online at http://www.cspinet.org/fooddyes. Other negative effects from additives can be weight gain, obesity, heart disease and diabetes, colon irritation and potential reduction of absorption of beneficial nutrients by the body, diarrhea, gas, and headaches.(3)

Here is a summary of some of the most common additives that may be extremely detrimental to your well being. Most of the effects of which will be realized over time as your body ages. In children the effects can be very rapid and some could be permanent.

In my opinion, these are ingredients to avoid. Don't consume products containing these:

1. Artificial Colorings- these synthetic chemicals are most often not derived from natural sources and most often are in foods of low quality.
2. Aspartame
3. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
4. Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil
5. Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil
6. Natural Flavorings – often a disguised form of MSG
7. BHA – Butylated Hydroxyanazole
8. BHT – Butylated Hydroxytolulene
9. Asulfame K- a sweetener often mixed with Sucralose or other artificial sweetener.
10. Sorbital
11. Carageenen
12. Hydrolized Vegetable Protien
13. High Fructose Corn Syrup
14. Hydrogenated Starch Hydrosalate – HSH
15. Diacetyl
16. Olestra
17. Mycoprotien
18. Potassium Bromate
19. Propyl Galate
20. Saccharin
21. Sodium Benzoate – Benzoic Acid
22. Sodium Nitrate, Sodium Nitrite
23. Sulfites
24. *Rebiana – a new sweetener planning to be used by Coca Cola and Pepsi in its drinks in 2009. It is derived from Stevia and is 200-300% sweeter than sugar but some preliminary research shows DNA damage and mutations that increase the prospect of cancer. It may prove to be ok but more independent research is needed.

For a list of common food additives, please reference - The Center for Science in the Public Interest and More Info on additives to avoid & health conditions.

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