By Sara Ding – Nutritional Consultant – Specialising In Detoxing
Make it a habit to read the ingredient labels and see for yourself what is in your food and if there are harmful chemicals in foods.
IS YOUR FOOD SAFE FOR YOUR FAMILY?
If you dine out often or your larder is mostly stocked with instant or processed foods, then it’s time for you to take a closer look at what you’re eating. Is your food safe for you and your family’s consumption?
See this list of harmful foods to avoid. Don’t underestimate the dangers of these foods.
In the name of convenience, very often your meals may come in packages that you pop into the microwave oven and then served on your dining table. Or you could be using tasty sauces in most of your cooking. Or what about the snacks that your children eat between meals?
Do you know what’s in your food?
CHEMICALS IN FOODS
There are thousands of chemicals that are found in the foods that we buy off the shelves. If they come processed, it is highly possible that they contain hydrogenated fats, preservatives, starches, sugars, salt, artificial flavoring and coloring, bulking agent, emulsifiers, etc.
These may not sound harmful to you but read on to find out what they really are. These chemicals are the culprits that are slowly robbing us of our health. If you value your health, and I know you do, it’s time that you take a hard look at this list.
PRESERVATIVES IN FOOD
Preservatives are used by the food industry to extend the shelf life of foods, in some cases for many years! The chemical characteristics that are supposed to kill bacteria and other organisms are also killing us.
These are some names of preservatives used to preserve canned and dried fruits and vegetables from yeast and bacterial growth.
- Sulphur dioxide
- Sodium sulphite
- Sodium bisulphite
- Potassium metabisulphite
- Calcium sulphite
- Calcium hydrogen sulphite
Sulphur dioxide has been linked to mutations of cells that cause cancer.
And the various sulphites above can cause asthma, blurred vision, dizziness, irregular breathing, stomach problems, nervous irritability, etc.
Sodium nitrites are found in cured meat products like sausage, bacon, ham, frankfurters, hot dogs, luncheon meat, etc. These are highly toxic and affect the red blood cells, cause breathing difficulties and headaches. When combined with certain chemicals in the digestive system, it forms nitrosamine which is a very potent cause of cancer.
Benzoic acid and sodium benzoate are used in pickles, sauces, margarine, packaged juices and carbonated drinks. These substances provoke allergies, cause asthma, skin reactions, hyperactivity in children, gastric problems, migraines and activates carcinogens in the body.
ARTIFICIAL FLAVORINGS IN FOODS
On their own, these chemicals have no taste. But when combined with other foods, they become flavor enhancers.
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is present in most packet soups, instant noodles, gravy mixes, sauces, canned foods, frozen foods, soy sauce, etc. Some of the health effects associated with MSG are asthma attacks, headaches, heart palpitations, muscle tightness, nausea, numbness in the back of the neck, depression and mood swings.
Don’t be deceived with food flavorings like “orange flavor”, “peppermint flavor”, “strawberry flavor”, “sour plum flavor” and the likes. Technology is so advanced that the cheaper alternative, synthetic chemicals, can be used to mimic this flavoring to be like the real thing. Most of the time, the ingredients do not include any of these mentioned fruits at all.
Some of these chemicals: benzyl acetate, ethyl acetate and amyl acetate are used as industrial cleaning agents. How do they end up in our “food”?
ARTIFICIAL COLORINGS IN FOOD
Colors are added to “food” to make them look appealing and attractive, especially to children. They give the illusion of fresh ingredients which are in fact artificial.
Colorings are used widely in commercially prepared foods like cereals, canned or packet drinks, biscuits, cakes, ice creams, candies, pasta, desserts, chips, etc.
Check the ingredient labels and you will often see these:
- Tartrazine (Yellow No. 5)
- Carmoisine or Azorubine (Red)
- Erythrosine (Red No. 3)
- Amaranth (Red)
- Sunset Yellow (Yellow No. 6)
- Ponceau 4R or Chochineal Red A (Red)
- Allura Red (Red No. 40)
- Indigo Carmine or Indigotine (Blue)
- Brilliant Blue (Blue No. 1)
- Brilliant Black
Most of these artificial colorings are coal-tar dye or synthetic dye that are registered as pesticides, or used in the textile industry. Do we really want these in our bodies?
These can trigger asthma, cause hyperactivity in children, cause skin rashes, migraine, headaches, blurred vision, reduce digestive enzymes leading to a host of digestive problems, thyroid tumors, mood swings, defects in embryos, reduce white blood cells count, damage kidneys and adrenal glands, damage genes and many many more!!