Dangerous additives

Dangerous additives

Dangerous additives

The additives are substances added to the food to preserve its texture, quality, color and taste.  There are more than 3600 additives that can be divided in three major categories: cosmetics, preservatives and processing aids.

Some additives are natural substances but others are chemically synthesized and they have side effects some of them being presumed to increase the risk of cancer.

According to the recent studies there are some very dangerous additives that you should avoid for your health. These are:

Monosodium glutamate: is a flavor enhancer used in soups, dressings, chips, frozen entrees, and restaurant food. It can cause headaches and nausea.

Sodium nitrite: is one of the most commonly used additives. Is used in bacon, ham, hot dogs, luncheon meats, smoked fish, and corned beef but should be avoided because can cause different types of cancer, especially if is cooked at high temperatures.

Propyl gallate: is used as a preservative for fats and oil so you can find it in meat products and chicken soup base foods.

Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydrozyttoluene (BHT): are antioxidants used in cereals, chewing gum, potato chips, and vegetable oils. Both antioxidants are suspected to cause cancer.

Aspartame and Acesulfame-K are two sweeteners that can be dangerous. There are some studies suggesting that they can be harmful but is not fully proved,

Food colorings: Blue 1, 2; Red 3; Green 3; and Yellow 6 are used to color candies and beverages.  They can cause cancer and thyroid tumors.

Potassium bromated: is used in bread, to increase volume, but can cause cancer.

Sodium chloride: also known as salt, this additive is used to preserve the food for longer time. Excesive consumption of salt can cause high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke and kidney failure.

White sugar: in small quantities is not dangerous but lately is added in large amounts in all kinds of food including beverages. Too much sugar can cause obesity and diabetes.

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