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Harmful Food Additives

Updated on January 5, 2011
Check the label on every side before purchasing packaged food
Check the label on every side before purchasing packaged food

With advancement in technology, media and in general lifestyle patterns people have become much more aware regarding their health issues than they were previously. Technology has made our lives easier but it has also shorten the span of life. Cancer and coronary diseases have become a common phenomenon. Regardless of awareness about the health issues and adverse effects of many things in our life we do not avoid them. It is true that technology like a girdle has encircled our life but in some cases we can avoid being at mercy of technology.

Food additives are present in almost every packaged, processed, junk or cultured food. Additives have been tested by several researches over time to time and it is a known fact today that they contain toxins that can cause many harmful health effects readily or in future. Why not avoid eating additive rich food while we have an option to eat natural and organic food.

Many parents eat packaged food and give them to their kids too without thinking for a moment what is in the package and what is the price they are paying by giving their child a packaged food item. Think for a moment before making food choices. Your food choices will reflect in your child's health in the future.

Rather than selecting any packaged food, check the label on the food package and read out the nutritional information as well as the type of additives used in the food inside the packet. Biscuits, jellies, chocolates, crackers, chips, pretzels, jams, ketchup, marmalades, and other numerous packaged food contains several additives. These food additives are responsible for their appearance but they are toxins and may have several other adverse effects.

Carcinogenic Additives:

Several additives are carcinogenic in nature. We ignore or otherwise are ignorant about their health effects and eat them in our routine. There is a list of additives that have possible carcinogenic effects and therefore should be avoided:

Erythrosine: Erythrosine is a coloring additive and is banned in cosmetics but is still in use in food stuff. It has been linked with carcinogenic effects.

E104: It is also called as Quinoline yellow. It is also banned in food and cosmetics as well but still food companies are using this additive and it has carcinogenic effects as well as many other harmful effects to health.

E110: Sunset yellow is used in jellies, candies, ice creams and in juices. E110 has been linked with its most adverse effects of damaging DNA and causing cancer as a result.

E122: Carmosine is said to damage DNA and it causes tumor and cancer in animals and human beings.

E124: It has also effects of damaging DNA and causing cancer among human beings.

E211: Sodium benzoate is a very harmful food preservative and is very common in many food items. It is present in soft drinks and in pickles as well as in certain medicines. The negative effects of soft drinks are said to be in part due to the presence of this ingredient. It is also carcinogenic in nature.

E220: Sulfur dioxide is also found in carbonated drinks and in juices too. It is widely used in many parts of the world and is not still banned anywhere. It also damages DNA.

E249: E249 is also called as potassium nitrate and is used in preserving meat products. Preserved meat is the least healthy junk food/processed food available in the markets. Nutritionists constantly discourage use of preserved meat as they are health danger. Presence of potassium nitrate in processed meat can react with other chemicals and can cause carcinogenic effects.

E621: Monosodium Glutamate is a very common cooking ingredient. Its use is very common in China and now as Chinese food is famous all over the world so it is also a very commonly used flavoring agent. Its effects are worse than many other flavoring agents and can be fatal and cause severe damage to DNA.

Hyperactivity is Increased with Additives:

Recent researches prove that food additives can increase hyperactivity in children. Regardless of the evidences from many researches scientists are sill trying to get more proofs to make it sure that additives are really increasing hyperactivity in pre-school children. Additives that are linked with increasing hyperactivity in children are as follows:

E102: Tartazine is a yellow food color and is present in soft drinks and in ice creams. Both of these packages foods are loved by the children. It can cause rashes and hyperactivity in children.

E133: Brilliant Blue is found in dairy products and in sweetened packaged food. It can also cause hyperactivity as well as allergies in children.

E211: Sodium Benzoate is a preservative and as it is found in juices and soft drinks, chances of increasing hyperactivity in children increases as children consume more juices and soft drinks than adults.

E621: Monosodium Glutamate is found in processed as well as some junk food and in soups and in other foods that have Chinese origin. It is in use everywhere in the world. This is said to be linked with increased hyperactivity along with many other adverse effects.

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