Top 10 Food Additives to Avoid

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6.  High Fructose Corn Syrup:

High fructose corn syrup is a highly-refined artificial sweetener which is the No.1 source of calories in the United States. It is found in almost all processed foods. HFCS packs on the pounds faster than any other ingredient, elevates your bad cholesterol levels, and contributes to the development of diabetes and tissue damage.

The ingredient is most commonly found in: most processed foods, such as breads, candy, salad dressings and canned vegetables and fruits.

7. Potassium Bromate: 

Potassium bromate is one of the best dough improvers in the bakery business. Under controlled baking conditions, potassium bromate is converted into potassium bromide, a harmless additive to consumers. Scientific evidence implicate the bromate substance with possible carcinogens and has been removed as an acceptable additive for flour treatment.

The ingredient is widely used for baking because it has excellent flour improvement qualities. The high levels of protein (glutens) in the flour trap gas bubbles and cause the dough to rise. Potassium Bromate facilitates this process and lowers the levels of gluten, resulting in stronger and voluminous bread.

 8. Sodium Nitrate:

If you fancy meat and especially processed meat products, then it is mandatory to check the percentage of sodium nitrates/nitrites that these foods contain. Because the nitrates are a preservative, they are generally considered harmless. However, when they enter the body and are digested, they break down into carcinogenic substances. The nitrates are known to be hazardous to health and have even been some attempts to vote it out of the meat industry. Yet, they are not banned form the industry simply because they have the ability to turn the meat bright red.

9. MSG Flavor Enhancers:

The MSG flavor enhancer constitutes an excitotoxin known to cause over-excitation of the cells, even to the point of severe damage and death. At the same time, studies show that the E621 or MSG disturbs the hunger neurotransmitters to the brain, particularly the ones that are associated with the saturation sensation and hence, it is yet another factor that can contribute to obesity. The Monosodium Glutamate can be typically found in soups, chips, dressings, frozen foods and other aliments found in restaurants.

 10.  Sulfur Dioxide:

At this point, the use of sulfur dioxide (E220) is completely forbidden in the US and several countries in Europe. The most common utilization of sulfur dioxide in the food industry comprised of maintaining the appearance and taste of dried fruits and vegetables. While it may preserve the taste and looks, the substance will surely destroy important nutrients present in these aliments (vitamins B1 and E).

However, it has been proven beyond any shadow of a doubt that this sulfite is responsible for hypertension, bronchial problems and can even cause an anaphylactic shock. Sulfur dioxide is strictly contraindicated for people with chronic respiratory conditions and particularly asthma. In addition to that, it is highly advisable to avoid vinegar, potato products, soft drinks, wine and cordials that contain this sulfite.

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