With the fast-paced way of life approaching, more and more people tend to eat the ready-made food or canned food available in the market, rather than preparing it at home.
No doubt, such foods contain some kind of chemicals, known as additives or preservatives, so that their quality and flavor is maintained and they are not spoiled by bacteria and yeasts.
According to a real data, it is reported that more than 3000 additives and preservatives are acquirable in the market, which are used as antioxidants and anti-microbial agents. However, there are dangers of food additives and preservatives in daily life. Let us take a look at the list of harmful food additives that one should avoid.
These who can lead to abdominal pain and discomfort are usually looked at as dangers ones. For instance, one may experience nausea, vomiting or flatulence, on consumption of these products. What’s worse, there are some food additives that can give rise to more severe side effects. Another good case in point is that they can increase the risk of cancer or many other fatal diseases. Some of the known dangers of food additives and preservatives are as follows:
Monosodium Glutamate or MSG is commonly found in Chinese cuisine and in a variety of packaged and processed sauces, salad dressing, fish, and chicken and sausage products. As to its side effects, it includes headache, nausea, migraine, abdominal inflammation, and sudden cardiac death.
Olestra is fat substitute, used as a food additive, widely popular under the brand name Olean. This additive is harmful to the human body since it does not get absorbed in the body. Consumption of this product not only can cause abdominal discomfort, stomach cramps, diarrhea, etc, but also regular consumption of this product also decreases the body's ability to absorb natural and beneficial fats.
Caffeine is a colorant and flavor ant that has diuretic, stimulant properties, which can cause nervousness, heart palpitations and occasionally heart defects.
Caramel is a famous flavoring and coloring agent that can give rise to vitamin B6 deficiencies. The side effect is certain genetic defects and even cancer.
Sodium nitrate is usually used to preserved meats. Foods like hot dogs, bacon, ham, smoked fish, luncheon meats, corned beef, etc, containing this food additive which is believed to turn carcinogenic when exposed to the acid in the stomach. One of the reasons for causing cancer in people may be the Regular consumption of cured meats.
Since food additives are harmful to health, you need to avoid, and. Select for natural, freshly made food to have a healthy and disease free life.