Why Should you Check the Labelling of Food Products
Posted Feb 14 2013 6:37am
Did you hear
about the horse meat scam? This news sent shivers down my spine thinking to
what extent people can go in order to make money. Well, I would advise you to
always check the labelling before you buy food products. Food additives can
cause a lot of harm to your body. They are used to preserve the flavour of
food, make the food tastier and attractive to look. Food additives can be
preservatives, artificial sweeteners and colourings.
the examples of preservatives are propyl gallate, BHA &BHT, sodium nitrite
and sodium nitrate. A recent research found that by reducing the amount of
sodium in foods many thousands of lives can be saved in the US. The risks of
preservatives include allergic reactions and cancer. Exposure to nitrite and
nitrate can cause methemoglobnemia. Sounds Greek and Latin? It is a potentially
fatal condition which reduces oxygen carrying capacity of blood which results
in blue colouring of skin and mucous membranes.
sweeteners include saccharin, aspartame, acesulfame- k. Some new artificial
sweeteners are splenda and neotame which is 7,000 to 13,000 times sweeter than
sugar. Artificial sweeteners are not good for the body as well as the
metabolism. People with a disorder called phenylketonuria should avoid these
artificial sweeteners especially the ones containing aspartame. Because they
cannot metabolize an amino acid found in aspartame. In that case it accumulates
in dangerous amounts and causes brain damage.
Hope I have
scared you to death. People suffering from lactose intolerance should be
careful about lactose. It can be added to biscuits and chips. The other flavour
enhancer is caffeine it may cause peptic ulcer, sleeplessness, nervousness and
in some cases even birth defects. Monosodium glutamate or popularly MSG is
mainly used in Chinese cooking. It may cause allergic reactions to some, so be
careful about it.
make the food attractive that’s it. It does not add any nutritional content to
food stuffs. Some examples of artificial colourings are blue 1 and blue 2, red
3 and yellow 6. They can trigger allergic reactions and are found to cause
cancer in some animal studies. Tartrazine was linked to hyperactivity in
children. Food colourings such as sodium benzoate can adversely affect the
behaviour of children between 3 to 9 years.
So the next
time you go to shopping check the labels carefully and buy the products. On second
thoughts to optimize the functioning of body and mind and to stay fit you can
opt for fresh or freshly prepared grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits, nuts and
milk besides cold pressed oils and natural sweeteners.