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Feeling deprived of time, we often choose processed and packaged foods to meet our dietary needs, which simply means additives are needed. In America for example, more than 10.000 chemical and food additives are approved by the FDA. The majority of additives are safe, but there are some that are harmful and many haven't been adequately tested.
It's interesting that nutritionists and food scientists say that food additives are harmless if consumed in the tiny amounts regulated by the FDA. Unfortunately, the use and over-
Examples of scientific studies are listed here:
Avoid these Food Additives
This is just a small selection taken from the handy little book “The Chemical Maze” by Bill Statham.
Names Function Potential Health Effects Typically found in
Sulphites, also sodium sulphite (E221) &potassium sulphite(E225) Preservative, Antioxidant Asthma, anaphylactic shock, skin rash, nausea, stomach irritation, diarrhoea, swelling, destroys B1 Dried fruit, peeled and processed potato products, shrimp, gelatine, beer, wine, fruit juice, soft drinks, cellophane for food packaging
Sucrose, processed cane sugar Sweetener, Preservative Dental caries, obesity, neuro-
Aspartame (E951), also called Nutrasweet, Spoonful, Equal Measure. Derived from phenylalanine,aspartic acid &methanol, may be of animal origin. It accounts for over 75% of adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA Artificial sweetener Cancer, asthma, MS-
Saccharin (E954),restricted or banned in many countries Artificial Sweetener Headache, urticaria, cancer, lowered testosterone levels, mutagen Artificial sweeteners, chewing gum, brewed soft drinks, dietetic food, toothpaste, mouthwash, lipstick
Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) (E320), coal tar dye &petroleum derivative Antioxidant, Preservative Asthma, cancer, skin blistering, dermatitis, hyperactivity, extreme weakness, fatigue Instant mashed potato, margarine, chewing gum, ice cream, edible oils, cosmetics, plastic food wrap
Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) (E321),coal tar dye &petroleum derivative Antioxidant, Preservative Asthma, cancer, skin &eye irritation, contact dermatitis, hyperactivity, allergic reactions in aspirin-
Brilliant Blue FCF, FD &C Blue No.1 (E133), (coal tar dye, banned in Austria, Belgium, France, Switzerland and others) Colouring (blue) Cancer, malignant tumours, allergic reactions in chemical sensitive people, asthma, hyperactivity Soft drinks, canned processed peas, dairy products, gelatine, desserts, cereal, sweets, ice cream, baked goods and more...
Amaranth, FD &C Citrus Red No. 2 (E 123), (coal tar dye &azo dye), banned in some countries Colouring (purplish to bright red) Cancer, asthma, hyperactivity, nettle rash, hay fever, allergic reactions in aspirin sensitive people, malignant tumours teratogen Packet cake mix, packet trifle mix, jelly crystals, soft drinks, blackcurrant products, cereal, orange skins, cosmetics
Food Green S (E 142) Colouring (green) Hyperactivity, asthma, skin rashes Baked goods, candy, cereals, confections, frozen desserts, mint-
Erythrosine, FD &C Red No.3 (E127) (coal tar dye), banned in Norway Colouring (bluish pink) Interference with the brain's neurotransmitters, breast cancer, cancer, hyperactivity, skin rash, hyperthyroidism, gene damage, asthma, light sensitivity, learning difficulties, benign tumours Sweets, canned red cherries, snack food, scotch eggs, canned fruit cocktail, cereal, gelatine based desserts and more
Tartrazine,FD &C Yellow No.5 (E102), (coal tar dye &azo dye), banned in Norway &Finland Colouring (yellow) Hyperactivity, thyroid tumours,, aggression, headache, migraine, nettle rash, hay fever,, asthma, tingling of the mouth, insomnia, confusion,itching, blurred vision, swelling of lips &tongue, cancer, teratogen Confectionery, sweet corn, soft drinks, Marzipan, canned peas, cheese crackers, mint sauce, fruit juice cordial, jam, pickles, cereal, packaged soup, lollies, snack food
Sunset Yellow FCF, FD &C Yellow No. 6 (E110), (coal tar dye)banned from foods in the UK, Norway &Finland Colouring (yellow) Allergic reactions in aspirin sensitive people, nettle rash, gastric upset, swelling of the skin, asthma, hyperactivity, hives, cancer, hay-
Nitrates & Nitrites, Potassium Nitrate (E294), Sodium Nitrate (E250),Sodium Nitrate (E251), Potassium Nitrate (E252) Antimicrobial Preservatives,
Colour fixative May form tiny amounts of nitrosamines, known as cancer causing chemicals.
Ascorbic or erythorbic acids may counteract negative effects to a degree. Bacon, Bologna, corned beef, ham ,hot dogs, luncheon meats, smoked fish &other processed meats, cosmetics
Hydrogenated Fats -
Fat Substitute Increase LDL blood cholesterol, increases the risk of coronary heart disease Margarine, crackers, cookies, snack foods, fried foods, restaurant foods, vegetable shortening, chips
Propylene Glycol, Propan 1,2 – Diol (E1520) Humectant, Solvent, De-
Brown HT (E155), (coal tar dye) Colouring (brown) Allergic reactions in asthmatics &aspirin sensitive people, hyperactivity, cancer Chocolate cake mix, chocolate biscuits
Does ADD, ADHD or affect your child?
So much effort is made to correct the symptoms rather than the
causes of the problem!
Does this sound like your child -
You might be amazed to hear that what sounds like the diagnostic guidelines of ADD or ADHD is actually a list put together by the American Foundation for Gifted and Creative Children!
According to many researchers and health professionals ADHD and ADD is a very complex condition -
Following are a few examples of stress-
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