The Dangers of Food Additives: Day 10 of National Nutrition Month

Not all foods are created equal…


Everyday, food companies get away with putting additives, preservatives and stabilizing agents in our food that are deemed GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe). However, when you consume foods on a consistent basis that contain these ingredients, over time they can lead to some pretty damaging health impacts....


Below are some common food additives, preservatives and artificial ingredients to look out for…


1. Artificial Colors

FD&C Blue No. 1, 2, 3

Yellow 5, Yellow 6

Red 40

Correlated with cancer, allergies, hyperactivity in children (ADD, ADHD), learning impairment/disorders (autism), irritability, aggressiveness


2. Artificial Sweeteners

Sucralose (Splenda)

Aspartame (Aminosweet/Nutrasweet/Equal)

Acesulfame Potassium (Ace-K/Sunnet/Sweet One)

Saccharin (Sweet n’ Low/Necta Sweet)

Correlated with weight gain, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases (i.e. Alzheimers, Parkinson’s, ALS)


3. Preservative/Additives

MSG (Monosodium Glutamate)/Yeast extract/hydrolyzed yeast extract

Sodium Nitrite (deli meat, bacon)

High Fructose Corn Syrup (soda, juice, condiments, cereal, fruit snacks, salad dressing)

Carrageenan

Sodium Benzoate/Benzoic Acid/Benzene (carbonated beverages, salad dressings, pickles, juice, condiments)

Trans Fats (i.e. hydrogenated oils/microwave popcorn, margarine, peanut butter)

Correlated with cancer, developmental disorders, cancer, autoimmune disease, diabetes, heart disease, anxiety, weight gain


So do your due diligence and be sure to review all nutrition labels on food in your home and prior to purchase!

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