Learn About Food Additives And Their Hidden Dangers
Food additives are becoming a major problem in our society today. More then 3000 substances can be added to foods for the purpose of preservation, colouring , texture, increase flavour, and improve shelf life. While each is legal to use the question is, it it safe to be consuming them, and the answer is NO!
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Processed foods carry a large number of additives. This is why it is so important to eat whole foods as much as possible. Eating raw foods is your best bet for avoiding additives. Seventy five percent of your plate should consist of raw foods. When making your store purchases you must learn to read all the labels carefully before making that purchase.
People become very addicted to such things as aspartame, and are unable to withdraw from diet products without suffering severe headaches, diarrhea, cramping and nausea. The withdraw program that is recommended for such individuals is similar to a drug and alcohol program. So as you can see this problem is very serious for these people.
A study has shown the effects that food additives have on our children. In a study done by the Food Safety Agency researchers fed children fruit drinks spiked with a mix of either sunset yellow colouring and sodium benzoate. These findings show that adverse effects are not just seen in children with extreme hyperactivity such as ADHD but can also be seen in the general population experiencing hyperactivity.
There is no doubt that artificial colouring chemicals directly cause behavioural problems in children , thus interfering with normal nervous system function.
The Centre for Science for the public interest in the USA reports that additives in food causes an estimated 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths in the United States each year, most of which are never reported to the public health officials.
The most common food additives are flavourings, such as spices, synthetic flavours, and vinegar. Also sweeteners( corn syrup, fructose, dextrose, and sucrose. Colourings are another type of food additive, most colourings are synthetic dyes, but some for example ( chlorophyll, beta carotene, and carmel) are naturally formed chemicals.
Preservatives are divided into antioxidants acid, which help prevent fats, and oils from turning rancid or fruit from spoiling and antimicrobial agents, which hinder the growth of mold and bacteria, thus preventing botulism. Emulsifiers are additives that help produce the desired texture which keep things like mayonnaise from separating.
So it goes without saying that you must do your research and find out what additives are in the foods that you buy and digest. There is overwhelming evidence of the dangers of these ingredients. So beware and read all your labels before you make your next purchase.
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