Additives permit longer shelf lives and cheaper ingredient costs, which mean increased profits for food manufacturers. The vast majority of them are safe. But some are not.....
Acesulfame -K • It is a sugar substitute used in soft drinks and baked goods. • The additive causes cancer in animals. And that means it may increase the canser risk to humans.
Artificial colors E100-199 • The color of a soft drink or other foods rarely comes from the food itself. Artificial colors, which may be naturally derived or synthetic, are much cheaper. • It is in every kind of food most wanted by children – it colours drinks, lollies, chips – so it is almost impossible to avoid. • Naturally derived colorants like beta-carotene (which is used to color margarine) and beet-juice extract haven`t generally been well tested, but we presume them to be safe. Most food, though, is colored with combinations of synthetic dyes like Blue No.2, Green No.3, Red No.40, etc.
AspartameE951 • It is used in soft drinks. It is sweeter than sugar 180 times. • Aspartame might cause altered brain function and behavioral changes. Hundreds of people have said they suffer from dizzines, headaches, epileptic-like seizures.
BHA and BHT • BHA and BHT are two closely related chemicals that prevent oxidation and retard rancidity in foods that contain oil. • They may cause canser. • The bottom line is that BHA and BHt are unneccessary. There are safer ways to prolong the shelf like foods.
Caffeine • Caffeine is a stimulant and one of the drugs that are added to foods. It is found naturally in tea, coffee, and cocoa. It is also added to many soft drinks. • It can cause nervousness, nausea, and insomnia.Caffeine also makes stomach acid increase and raises blood pressure, makes some blood vessels open wider and others narrow. • One good thing about caffeine: it doesn`t appear to initiate or promote cancer.
Monosodium Glutamate, MSG,621 • MSG 621 is a sodium salt of the amino acid knowm as glutamic acid. It is added in processed foods. Such as spices, flavourings, bouillon, etc. • Too much monosodium glutamate can lead to headaches, migraines, stomach upset, tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, heart palpilations, partial paralysis.
Nitriteand Nitrate • Sodium nitrite and sodium nitrate are two chemicals used for centuries to preserve meat. They maintain the red color, comtribute to the flavor, and inhibit the growth of botulism-causing bacteria. • Nitrite has long been suspected as being cause of stomach cancer.
Sweeteners E900-E999 • It is a substitute which contains no sugar and is used as a sweetener for different products. • They are much sweeter than sugar so they are cheap for manufactorers to use. • One of the sweeteners is saccharin used for diet drinks and products. • Sweeteners may cause cancer. They are not recommended for children.
Sulfites • Sulfites are a class of chemicals that keep cut fruits and vegetables looking fresh. They also prevent discolouration in apricots, raisins, and other dried fruits, fresh-cut potatoes, bacterial growth, and fermentation of wine. • Sulfites can provoke sometimes allergic reactions.
The Parabens 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219 • The parabens are a group of preservatives that contain ‘ben’from benzoic acid, 212 and prefixes like methyl-, propyl-, and butyl-. • They can cause severe contact dermatitis or redness, skin pain, asthme attacks and anaphylactic shoch in susceptible persons. • They are the most common preservatives used in foods, medications and make – up. Such foods as baked goods, frozen dairy products, fruit juices, jams and jellies, processed vegetables, salad dressings, soft drinks and syrups.
The most dangerous additives • MAY CAUSE CANSER: • E131, E142, E210, E211, E212, E213, E214, E215, E217, E239, E330. • INCREASE CHOLESTEROL: • E320, E321. • RAISES BLOOD PRESSURE: • E250, E251, E252. • DANGEROUS TO USE: • E102, E110, E120, E124, E127.
We have analysed some labels of the most often used foods in Lithuania. the labels show that: • Sausage contains: • E450, E451(stabilisator) E621 (flavouring), E120 (artificial colour), • E250 (paraben). • Bouillon contains: • E450, E451(stabilisator), E621 (flavouring), E120 (artificial colour), Monosodium Glutamate MSG. • Potatoe chips with sourceream and cheese contains: • E621, E635 (flavouring), E160c (artificial colour), E262, E331. • Bread contains: • E621, E635 (flavouring), E212, E213 (parabens), E900 (sweetener), acesulfame – K. • Fruit juice for children Kubus has no additives.