Say NO to Additives and Presevatives!

When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.” – Ayurvedic Proverb

What are Additives and Preservatives?

  • Food additives are chemicals that keep foods fresh or enhance their color, flavor or texture.

  • A preservative is a substance or a chemical that is added to food products to prevent decomposition by microbial growth or by undesirable chemical changes.

What are common types of Additives and Preservatives?

  • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG): is a common food additive used to intensify and enhance the flavor of savory dishes. It’s found in a variety of processed foods like frozen dinners, salty snacks and canned soups. It’s also often added to foods at restaurants and fast food places

  • Artificial Food Coloring: is used to brighten and improve the appearance of everything from candies to condiments.

  • Sodium Nitrite: Found in processed meats, sodium nitrite acts as a preservative to prevent the growth of bacteria while also adding a salty flavor and reddish-pink color.

  • High-Fructose Corn Syrup: is a sweetener made from corn. It’s frequently found in soda, juice, candy, breakfast cereals and snack foods.

How does additives and preservatives affect your health?

Any dietary problem can turn into a health problem. Avoid suppressors such as additives and preservatives, suppressors are the foods that negate self-healing. Artificial food colors have been found to increase symptoms in children who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. They are found in all sorts of food products, but especially those marketed for children.

Nitrates and Nitrites can interfere with the thyroid, as well as with the blood’s ability to deliver oxygen to the body. They can also increase the risk of certain cancers. They are used to preserve food and enhance its color. They are commonly found in processed foods, especially meats.

How to avoid additives and preservatives?

The average American takes in about five pounds of additives a year through processed foods. Additives and artificial ingredients add little or no nutritional value to foods and can pose a threat to your health.

  • Try to eat additive free, preservative free, and chemical-free foods whenever possible.

  • Cut back on canned foods and beverages in general.

  • Cut back on fast food and processed foods.

  • Read labels. Get to know what is in the products you use.

  • Since heat can cause plastics to leak BPA and phthalates into food, avoid microwaving the food or beverages in plastic containers. Also: wash plastics by hand rather than putting them in the dishwasher.

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