Unless what you’re eating is handpicked right from your backyard farm chances are you are ingesting something that has food additives. The Food and Drug Administration in the US already banned a number of food additives, but nutrition experts Mira and Jayson Calton, Ph.D still believe that there are a few things you might want to scrap off your grocery food list.
MAC and CHEESE
Potentially harmful ingredients: Food coloring agents yellow 5 and yellow 6
Do you love mac and cheese? That enticing and cheesy neon-orange color is actually a result of dangerous dyes made from coal tar. Now if that doesn’t sound edible, that’s because it is not. Coal tar is used to seal-coat and preserve industrial products used in construction like flooring. It is also the same ingredient used in anti-lice shampoo.
Center for Science in the Public Interest also reported that independent studies have linked artificial food coloring to allergies, ADHD, and worse cancer in animals. However, it is important to note that the amount of the artificial food coloring taken is a big factor.
FLATBREADS and WRAPS
Potentially harmful ingredient: Potassium bromate (aka brominated flour)
Bread making is highly industrialized. So some manufacturers are using potassium bromate to speed up their production process and cheapen the overall process. The downside, potassium bromated has been linked to a number of disorders in the kidney and nervous. It is also reportedly bring gastrointestinal discomfort.
Potentially harmful ingredients: Coloring agents blue 1 and blue 2
Most of us have consumed bottled sports drinks and like mac and cheese, many of these bottled sports drink use coloring agents that could be detrimental to your health. Coloring agents blue 1 and blue 2 are great to look at but they are unnatural highlighter that can bring health risk especially to kids.
Studies have shown that the said coloring agent can hinder cognitive development in children. A US study published in the journal Science also reported that kids who drink sports drink with coloring agents blue 1 and blue 2 performed poorly on tests that were anchored on their memory.
FAT FREE CHIPS aka DIET CHIPS
Potentially harmful ingredient: Olestra (aka Olean)
Fat free chips were created to combat the high-fat problem in today’s chips. Think of grease on those chips, and those aren’t healthy. But as it turned out the industry’s answer to it isn’t really a good one. These fat free chips caused a few subjects to go more often to the bathroom. Also, a 2011 Purdue University study which experimented on rats found out that when fed with foods containing Olean, the rats became hungry more often and later consume more food – which beats the whole purpose of having fat-free chips.
Potentially harmful ingredients: rBGH and rBST
Yoghurt is a healthy food. We’ve published a few features on it already but not all yoghurts are created equal. Non-organic yogurts which come from dairy cows loaded with growth hormones rBGH and rBST to increase milk production may not be as good. rBGH and rBST also boost another hormone, an insulin-like growth factor called IGF-1. Studies have tied IGF-1 growth factor to a number of cancers. Human studies also suggested that it can cause breast, colon, and prostate diseases in some instances. Yoghurts that contain artificial coloring should also be avoided, as well as those that contain high amount of sugar substitutes.
An informed consumer is a healthy consumer. And for what it’s worth this article is not meant to scare you. Remember, seemingly harmful ingredients may not have the potency to harm you depending on their amount. So always do and eat things in moderation. In the end, the choice of what you will put inside your body is all yours.