Excessive use of chemicals in food or drinks can affect the health of consumers. Anything consumed in excessive amounts will be toxic, even those substances with which we are most familiar and in daily contact. There are no exceptions; anything from vitamins to water, if consumed in large enough quantities, will cause illness, and sometimes fatal effects.
The pursuit of happiness through the enjoyment of food is a centuries old human endeavor. Taste, texture, freshness and eye appeal are major contributors to such enjoyment, made possible in our modern lifestyle through the use of highly specialized ingredients known as food additives. It is very importance for us to be more careful with what we consume everyday.
Additives to Avoid and Their Health Risks
1. Hydrogenated Fats – cardiovascular disease, obesity
2. Artificial Food Colors – allergies, asthma, hyperactivity; possible carcinogen
3. Nitrites and Nitrates – these substances can develop into nitrosamines in body, which can be carcinogenic
4. Sulfites (sulfur dioxide, metabisulfites, and others)-allergic and asthmatic reactions
5. Sugar and Sweeteners – obesity, dental cavities, diabetes and hypoglycemia, increased triglycerides (blood fats) or candida (yeast)
6. Artificial Sweeteners (Aspartame, Acesulfame K and Saccharin)-behavioral problems, hyperactivity, allergies, and possibly carcinogenic. The government cautions against the use of any artificial sweetener by children and pregnant women. Anyone with PKU (phenylketonuria-a problem of phenylalanine, an amino acid, metabolism) should not use aspartame (Nutrasweet).
7. MSG (monosodium glutamate) – common allergic and behavioral reactions, including headaches, dizziness, chest pains, depression and mood swings; also a possible neurotoxin
8. Preservatives (BHA, BHT, EDTA, etc.) – allergic reactions, hyperactivity, possibly cancer-causing; BHT may be toxic to the nervous system and the liver
9. Artificial Flavors – allergic or behavioral reactions
10. Refined Flour – low-nutrient calories, carbohydrate imbalances, altered insulin production
11. Salt (excessive) – fluid retention and blood pressure increases
12. Olestra (an artificial fat) – diarrhea and digestive disturbances