Food additives are everywhere.
Processed foods haven’t always been around. You may choose to ignore this but it effects us everyday with every meal choice we make. So much of our food is processed. It’s creating challenges in our digestion and how well we assimilate food.
People have used salt to preserve meats for many, many years but salt is a natural substance that our body knows how to break down.
The problem with modern day food additives is that they aren’t natural. Even if it says natural on the label, they are chemically developed in laboratories.
This is huge industry in our country, worth billions of dollars.
The only way it will stop growing is when we, consumers, choose not to eat foods with additives in them and choose, instead, to make healthier choices.
There are so many toxins in our foods now, eating as close to naturally and organically when possible, will help our health and vitality.
Here are a list of food additives you might want to be aware of:
Colors are just not a good thing to add to your food.
Many colors are made from petroleum, oil that we put in our car, that we really don’t want in our food, in any tiny amount. Many are also cancer causing.
There are so many preservatives in our foods.
Remember when you were a kid and you’d swallow your gum and some adult would tell you – it will still be in your stomach after you die.
And I’m sure, if you are reading this, it’s still there.
Here are some food preservatives to keep an eye out for:
Nitrates and Nitrites
Nitrates are found in many ‘meats’ like bologna, hot dogs, and deli meats. They stop bacterial growth. They are also shown to cause cancer.
Benzoates are also known carcinogens and are found in sodas and salad dressings. They can also damage our DNA.
I remember years ago a friend of mine pointing out that a certain beer he drank a lot of formaldehyde in it. Well, he’s near 70 and looks great for his age!
(formaldehyde is embalming fluid. It is injected into the body when we die to preserve our tissue.Would you want that to be included in YOUR beer?)
These are not real antioxidants. They are like the plastic version.
Look out for Gallates. TBHQ, BHA and BHT
Propyl gallate is an additive that is banned in parts of Europe because it has been shown to cause cancer in rats. Our FDA, in the US, says it’s safe. Really?
It can be found in frozen dinners, meat, popcorn and soup mixes. It’s banned in parts of Europe and has been shown to cause cancer in rats yet it’s safe according to the FDA.
BHT and BHA are preservatives that prevent foods from turning rancid. They are found in so many processed foods such as chips and cereals. Just start reading boxes for ingredients. You’ll find them in no time.
These same chemical compounds are also found in plastics and cosmetics. Another reason to be aware of what you use on your skin.
Who knew that MSG doesn’t have to be on the label of ingredients that we rely on when we buy our food?
You may have experienced the effect of MSG after eating –sorry to say – Chinese food. It was long used as a food enhancer. It’s been shown to be responsible for headaches, seizures and heart problems.
Since it doesn’t have to be added on the label, it can be found in all kinds of processed foods. I’m sure it’s found in foods that are especially addictive, like those little boxes of seaweed snacks. Whoever imagined that seaweed could be so tasty?
Other forms of flavor enhancers, similar to glutamates are Ribonucleotides. This is used to flavor foods like chips, crackers, and noodles.
Just more proof that if it doesn’t grow looking like this, it’s not real good for you.
- Natural Flavors
Artificial flavors are interesting because there is a fine line between natural and artificial flavors.
You can be sure that if artificial flavors are listed, there can be anything in that bag.
From:Longo, Natasha – Food Labs Use An Average of 2000 Chemicals To Create 500 ‘Natural Flavors’ You Would Never Suspect Are Artificial August 28, 2013
“Both artificial and natural flavors are defined for us in the Code of Federal Regulations. They are defined in this way, and I quote,: “a natural flavor is the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional.”*
What this means is that the flavor has only to fool the brain into thinking we are enjoying the real natural food. “Flavoring rather than nutritional.”
All natural flavors are created in labs with chemicals, the same as artificial flavors. Food companies are able to create biosynthetic compounds that are identical to the real natural food, but they aren’t the real thing. They are artificially created flavors but they are allowed to use the word natural.”