Food Additives You’ll Want To Avoid

Some food additives can cause a range of autoimmune and other chronic diseases. If you’ve been wondering if certain food additives could have an affect on your overall health you should find this information of great help.  By learning how to eliminate harmful common food additives in your diet you may be well on your way to better health and wellness!

Aspartame

Aspartame is composed of three components: 50% phenylalanine (a neurotoxin), 40% aspartic acid and 10% methanol (wood alcohol). When ingested these substances break down into formaldehyde (embalming fluid).

Aspartame poisoning has been linked to arthritis, attention deficit disorder, birth defects, diabetes, fibromyalgia, lupus, multiple sclerosis and panic disorder. If you have any of these diseases or other unexplained symptoms, become a label reader and eliminate foods containing this additive in your diet.

Aspartame is found most commonly in soft drinks, candy, processed snacks and chewing gum. Even if you are in excellent health at this time, aspartame can cause serious illness and disease for you later on down the road.

Sucralose

Some consumers have switched to sucralose thinking it is a better alternative than aspartame, but it’s another artificial sweetener with it’s own health concerns. Many people have been led to believe it’s a better choice thinking it’s derived from sugar, but how it’s chemically processed in a lab makes it nothing like sugar.

For example, sucralose contains chlorine, which is considered a carcinogen. Some of the reported side effects from sucralose use are breathing difficulties and wheezing, gastrointestinal problems, skin irritations, chest muscle pain, palpitations, anxiety, depression, sudden onset of anger and mood swings.

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

Unlike some advertising campaigns would have you believe, high fructose corn syrup is anything but natural. It is a synthetic substance that fools the body to feel hungry forever.

It has been reported that high fructose corn syrup has contributed to the current epidemic of obesity. If you have trouble losing weight, high fructose corn syrup could be the culprit. It has also been associated with decreased thyroid function (which can lead to infertility), diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

This additive is found in most sodas, processed foods and some yogurts. Most sources of high fructose corn syrup, if not all, are derived from genetically modified foods (GMO), which present health problems of their own.

All processed sugars can contribute to numerous health issues including elevated blood sugar, candida, hypoglycemia, and hyperactivity, and can cause excessive food cravings.

You can learn how sugar truly effects your health by listening to this free video called Sugar: The Bitter Truth.

The good news is that there are natural sweeteners that people can use in place of processed sugar or it’s chemical alternatives. Look for products that contain xylitol or pure stevia. Make sure the label does not list any form of artificial sweeteners added as cheap fillers to the product.

Food Additives

Food additives such as dyes, artificial flavors, colorants, preservatives, stabilizers and thickening agents have been linked to disturbances of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children and adults.

MSG

MSG or monosodium glutamate is known as a neurotoxin and can cause severe reactions in sensitive individuals and is potentially toxic to everyone. MSG may cause headaches, panic attacks, chest tightness, burning skin and can trigger asthma-like symptoms, or make asthma symptoms worse for asthmatics. You can see a full list of adverse reactions caused by MSG here.

Since food manufactures are now trying to hide the fact that they use MSG, you’ll want to make sure you have a good truth in labeling resource to help you figure out what you really need to avoid.

For example, when reading labels, don’t rely on the phrase no MSG added, that does not mean there is no MSG in the product. It only means the company did not add any MSG to the product, but there could be MSG in the ingredients used to make the product.

Outside of any side effects, MSG can also make you addicted to the foods you are consuming. It has the ability to trick your brain into thinking food with MSG tastes much better than they really do. MSG can make the cheapest, most nutritionally deprived products taste very good. Fast food meals are a great example of this.

BHA, BHT and EDTA

These preservatives have been linked to cancer and are commonly found in breakfast cereals, soup bases and some foods that contain oil. They can be potentially toxic to the kidneys and liver and may be a possible neurotoxin. They may cause allergic reactions in some people, as well as behavioral changes and hyperactivity in children.

Sulfites

Sulfites are commonly found in dried fruits, wine, jams, hard candy and jelly and have been known to cause a severe allergic reaction in asthmatics. If you have asthma look for foods that contain this additive because it may worsen the condition.

Nitrates

Nitrates and nitrites are other additives that may worsen asthma symptoms. They may also cause headaches, hives, eczema and allergic rhinitis in some people. They are often included as additives to foods such as fish, fresh and canned meats including, lunch meats, bacon and other processed meats to preserve food and color, making food appear fresher then it really is.

Becoming an educated label reader and eliminating foods containing these additives in your diet is the only defense against developing these kind of food related diseases. You won’t find their side effects listed on the label itself. We truly are what we eat, so make sure to choose wisely!

 

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