As per the report by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that additives, food have been used since ancient times, but did not become something controversial until the 1800s, by which point the level with which people were mutilated and altering food was alarming.
Nowadays about 70% American diets are processed food and peoples’s consuming every day.
Here is the list of 8 additives, food we consume in normal day of life.
1. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
MSG has been used as a food additive for decades. Over the years, the FDA has received many anecdotal reports of adverse reactions to foods containing MSG. These reactions — known as MSG symptom complex — include:
Headache, Flushing, Sweating, Facial pressure or tightness, Numbness, tingling or burning in the face, neck and other areas, Rapid, fluttering heartbeats (heart palpitations), Chest pain, Nausea, Weakness etc.
2. Artificial sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners, also called sugar substitutes, are compounds that offer the sweetness of sugar without the same calories. In foods labelled “diet” and “sugar free” (such as Diet Coke), aspartame is the ingredient used as a sweetener.
People who frequently consume sugar substitutes may be at an increased risk of excessive weight gain, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
3. Trans Fats
There are two broad types of trans fats found in foods: naturally-occurring and artificial trans fats. Naturally-occurring trans fats are produced in the gut of some animals and foods made from these animals (e.g., milk and meat products) may contain small quantities of these fats. Artificial trans fats (or trans fatty acids) are created in an industrial process that adds hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils to make them more solid.
Trans fats raise your bad (LDL) cholesterol levels and lower your good (HDL) cholesterol levels. Eating trans fats increases your risk of developing heart disease and stroke. It’s also associated with a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
4. High-fructose corn syrup
High-fructose corn syrup is a sweetener made from corn starch that has been processed by glucose isomerase to convert some of its glucose into fructose
High fructose corn syrup is found in things like bread, candy, flavored yogurt and salad dressing.
Princeton University found that high fructose corn syrup causes weight gain unlike any other sweetener, even when the caloric intake is the same.
5. Food dyeing is any dye, pigment or substance that imparts color when it is added to food or drink. They come in many forms consisting of liquids, powders, gels, and pastes. Food dyeing is used both in commercial food production and in domestic cooking. Purdue University scientists reported that Food Dyes May Cause Hyperactivity in Some Children Even at Low Levels.
6. Sodium sulfite
Sodium bisulfite, also known as sodium hydrogen sulfite, is a white, odorless inorganic salt that is used as an additive in certain foods. In very small, microscopic quantities, sodium bisulfite is relatively benign, and the Food and Drug Administration generally recognizes it as a safe substance. However, it can cause strong reactions in some people, and food recalls due to sulfite sensitivities occasionally occur in the United States.
7. Sodium nitrate
Its in every pack of bacon in the UK. Next time check the ingredients on the back and you will find Sodium nitrate. And if you burn your bacon or cook it really high it changes its chemical structure when consumed and can lead to stomach cancer. Its the worlds most carcinogenic substance known to man. To avoid, don’t eat bacon or if you do eat bacon boil it first, then cook on a low heat.
8. Sulfur Dioxide
Sulfur dioxide is a colorless reactive gaseous air pollutant with a pungent odor. The primary sources of sulfur dioxide emissions are from fossil fuel combustion and natural volcanic activity. Sulfur dioxide irritates the skin and mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs.