Beyond. Health and Wellness Magazine July 2016 - Page 18

6 Food Additives To Avoid 1. Artificial Sweeteners For years now we have embraced the positives of a zero calorie beverage. However, we might have been quick to believe these are good for us. There is now research that these pseudo-sweetened beverages might cause calorie confusion and lead to weight gain and other concerns. Aspartame has even been known to cause holes in the brain of rats (Want to know about the effects of aspartame and diet pop- Check out our podcast Stop Pop) 2. Artificial Colors Food manufacturers use 15 million pounds of artificial food dyes into different foods in the US every year. We know that these additives are potentially carcinogenic, behavior-altering and found in foods with little nutritional value to begin with. Nine of the food dyes currently approved for use in the US are linked to health issues ranging from cancer and hyperactivity to allergylike reactions. The presence of an artificial dye often indicates the absence of healthful ingredients, so it’s best to skip them entirely, especially those listed here. Blue No. 2, Citrus Red No. 2, Green No. 3, Red No. 3, Red No. 40, Yellow No. 5, Yellow No. 6 3. Nitrites and Nitrates Sodium nitrite is a synthetic preservative added to meats, such as hot dogs and deli meats, to facilitate a nice sellable pink color. This additive easily combines with an amine to form a known cancer causing agent called nitrosamine. Nitrosamines inflict cellular damage and have been linked to cancer, typically in your colon, bladder, stomach, or pancreas. 4. Potassium Bromate You might not be aware of this, but nearly every time you eat bread in a restaurant or consume a hamburger or hotdog bun you are consuming bromide, an endocrinedisrupting chemical commonly used in flours. It directly 18 competes with iodine and therefore, can severely affect the thyroid and thyroid function. The use of potassium bromate as an additive in commercial breads and baked goods has been a huge contributor to bromide overload in Western cultures. Bromated flour is “enriched” with potassium bromate. Studies have linked potassium bromate to kidney and nervous system damage, thyroid problems, gastrointestinal discomfort, and cancer. Potassium bromate is banned for food use in Canada, China, and the European Union (EU). 5. Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) and Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) Both BHT and BHA have been known to gave tumors and carcinogenic growths in animals. Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) is a preservative that affects the neurological system of your brain, alters behavior, and has the potential to cause cancer. It can be found in breakfast cereal, nut mixes, chewing gum, butter spread, meat, dehydrated potatoes, popcorn, chips, and beer, just to name a few. BHA may also trigger allergic reactions and hyperactivity. BHA is banned from infant foods in the UK and is banned from use in all foods in certain parts of the EU and Japan. In the US, the FDA considers BHA to be a GRAS additive. While BHT is not considered a carcinogen like BHA, it has been linked to tumor development in animals along with developmental effects and thyroid changes.. 6. Aluminum additives Sodium aluminum phosphate, sodium aluminum sulfate, and many other aluminum additives are found in processed foods as stabilizers. This metal can accumulate and persist in your body, especially in your bones, and animal studies show aluminum may cause neurological effects, including changes in behavior, learning, and motor response. A link between Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders and aluminum exposure may also exist.