Eliminate Preservatives And Chemicals
This month we are discussing ideas to help you live an Organic Lifestyle. One of the most important ideas is to help you Eliminate Preservatives and Chemicals Used In Packaged Foods For Your Best Life. It is our belief that eating real organic food cooked in your kitchen is one of the simplest ways to improve what you eat daily.
We live in a world of convenience food and are literally surrounded by pre-packaged, heavily preserved foods. The ingredients labels often read more like a chemistry experiment checklist than a recipe for food. According to WebMD heavily processed foods are generally packed with sugar, salt, colourings and preservatives and are not particularly healthy.
If you are seeking to have a healthier diet it may be best to avoid certain food preservatives and chemicals. Many of these additives to food can be harmful to your health and it may surprise you just how bad some of them are.
1. Ammonium Sulphate
According to Aluminummanufacturer.org Ammonium sulphate is an odourless salty-tasting compound used in making fertilizers and printed circuit boards. Doesn’t sound too edible, however, it is used in industrial bread baking as a raising agent. It may not be toxic in small doses but it can cause gastrointestinal problems. (https://www.thedailymeal.com/healthy-eating/chemicals-processed-food-gallery/slide-3 ).
2. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG))
This is a well-known additive in many foods especially Asian cuisine and has been in use for decades. According to the Mayo Clinic, it is an approved food additive that is generally deemed safe. It is understood to cause a number of reactions in some people, though, including headaches, nausea, chest pains and weakness. (https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/monosodium-glutamate/faq-20058196).
Commonly added to foods to boost shelf life and add appealing colour, sulphites are an often used additive. According to WebMD, around 1/100 people have a sensitivity to these additives which may range from mild to potentially life-threatening. (https://www.webmd.com/allergies/sulfite-sensitivity).
4. Sodium Benzoate
Sodium Benzoate is considered safe as a preservative in foods but under certain circumstances foods that contain this additive may start to produce Benzene. This chemical according to Drugs.com has been shown to have links to cancer. (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/sodium-benzoate#what-it-is ).
According to WebMD foods that are high in nitrates can be very harmful. The reason for this is that the body cannot digest these nitrates and can lead to increased health risks such as cancer. Nitrates in processed meats are the most harmful whereas naturally occurring nitrates in vegetables can be beneficial. (https://www.unlockfood.ca/en/Articles/Food-technology/The-Truth-about-Nitrates.aspx ).
6. Butylated Hydroxyanisole
Used to preserve edible fats as well as those used in the cosmetic industry, Butylated Hydroxyanisole has demonstrated cancer-causing properties. According to Drugs.com tests of high levels of this chemical in rats caused tumours although low levels such as in foods seem safe. (https://www.drugs.com/inactive/butylated-hydroxyanisole-11.html).
7. Potassium Sorbate
This food preservative, according to Doctors Healthy Press, can be an irritant when used in beauty products but can be even more harmful when ingested. Prolonged exposure in the diet to this sorbate can lead to gastrointestinal issues as well as dietary deficiencies. (https://www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutrition-articles/common-side-effects-of-potassium-sorbate/ ).
8. Potassium Bromates
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) potassium bromate is considered a possible cancer-causing preservative. Often used in mass bread making to add strength to the dough, potassium bromate has in tests been shown to cause a higher incidence of benign and malignant tumours. (https://www.ewg.org/research/potassium-bromate).
9. Calcium Disodium (EDTA)
Commonly used in medicine to treat heavy metal poisoning from lead, EDTA is also used in food as well. According to WebMD, it is used as a fortifying agent in grain-based breakfast cereals. EDTA should only be consumed in small doses as it can cause issues for those with asthma, heart conditions and pregnant women. (https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-1032/edta).
10. Propylene Glycol
According to the Paleo Foundation, there may be too much propylene glycol in our food. This chemical is used for flavouring and colour but in high amounts can be harmful. It is most harmful to those who compromised livers or kidneys as it can be hard to expel from the body. This can lead to toxic build-up. (https://paleofoundation.com/what-is-propylene-glycol/).
What will you do today to begin to Eliminate Preservatives and Chemicals Used In Packaged Foods For Your Best Life?
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