As parents, if we think that anything absent of a strange food coloring or not in a can is without preservatives or additives, then we are wrong. It’s important to know that there are a variety of preservatives and additives on the market, sometimes disguised as healthy options. Here are the most common types of additives:
- Flavoring Agents
- Gelling, thickening and stabilizing agents
These items can add additional flavors as well as preserving the shelf life. However, it should be understood that these food preservatives are not typically good for our health. More and more, healthy professionals are recommending that we consume preservative free foods that are increasingly available at the local market. In this article, we’ll explore the danger of food additives.
The real question is, “Are they safe?” The Government doesn’t seem to think so. The Agency that monitors this area of the government is known as FDA (U.S. Food & Drug Administration). This agency and assorted health professionals have concerns that some additives can cause behavioral changes in children and health issues.
These can cause temper tantrums and disruptive behavior in children, and links have been established between a child’s mood and their behavior as a result of ingesting such additives. Hyperactivity has also been attributed to various food colorings, artificial flavors and sweeteners.
A variety of health and wellness professionals increasingly recommend that people stay clear of the following:
- Artificial Colorings
- Artificial Sweeteners
- Flavor Enhancers
There are some negative side effects that may happen when we consume these food additives regularly. It should come as no surprise to that the more natural the food we consume, the better it is for our body and our overall health. We know that if people who are gluten intolerant for example, consume gluten, that their bodies react negatively. They become sluggish, bloated and in some cases may experience serious sickness. With gluten intolerance, the individual’s body does not digest these enzymes and proteins.
If gluten is natural and found in nature and has this type of effect on people with gluten intolerance, imagine the likely mechanisms of how a healthy body may react to additives and preservatives that do not naturally appear in foods.
Studies have been done that indicate some secondary effects of consuming additives over a lengthy period of time, with frequent ingestion. Here are examples of findings:
Hyperactivity in children and adults
Some food preservatives may cause increased hyperactive behavior. Therefore, it’s recommended to limit the consumption of food additives.
Digestive system disorders
Food preservatives can also cause some digestive system disorders. These symptoms can include bloatedness, bowl irritability and stomach aches.
Headache, nausea & possible nerve damage
Studies have shown that consuming certain additives over a long period of time have been known to show nerve damage and other serious health problems.
There are some food additives that can cause allergic symptoms in people, similar to the allergic reaction one might get from gluten, for example.
Although studies continue to be conducted, and the studies are not 100% conclusive, we know that additives and preservatives should be avoided when we can help. Thanks to natural foods, it’s becoming easier to avoid these additives at the grocery store, when shopping for your family. It’s advised to purchase items that are created with consciousness; food that is made with natural ingredients, preservative and additive free.
There are many healthy foods that provide satisfying taste and quality, without the use of food additives in their preparation. By reducing the consumption of food additives, we can feel good about the foods that we consume and those that we provide for our family.
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