7 most harmful chemicals added to common foods
Let thy food be thy medicine. Well, these words of wisdom might be true, but when we look at the processed foods around us, it seems difficult to let food be the medicine.
1. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
It is a common food additive added to savoury dishes. This additive is likely to have negative effects on human brain health. It is also associated with weight gain and metabolic syndrome.
2. Artificial food colouring
Research indicates that artificial food colouring may cause hyperactivity in sensitive children and can cause allergic reactions. The use of red colour has been shown to increase the risk of thyroid tumors.
3. Sodium Nitrite
It is a common chemical used in processed meat that can be converted into a harmful compound called nitrosamine. Regular consumption of this chemical is also linked to a higher risk of several types of cancer.
4. High-Fructose Corn Syrup
Commonly used in soda, juice, candy, breakfast cereal, and snacks, this chemical is linked with weight gain, diabetes, and inflammation.
5. Artificial Sweeteners
The most common type of artificial sweeteners are aspartame, sucralose, saccharin, and acesulfame potassium. While they claim to promote weight loss and blood sugar control, they might result in headaches and other health issues.
6. Sodium Benzoate
Even though this chemical is considered safe by the FDA, there are studies that suggest it is potentially harmful to humans. It has been associated with increased hyperactivity and when combined with vitamin C, it may be associated with cancer development.
7. Trans fat
It is a type of unsaturated fat that has undergone hydrogenation, which increases shelf life and improves the consistency of products. It is commonly found in processed foods and is linked with a higher risk of heart disease. It also causes inflammation and diabetes.