Category Archives: Food additives

WARNING: Popular food additive greatly INCREASES the risk of chronic disease

The truth is: few human studies had been performed on this synthetic chemical since its approval in the 1960s

(NaturalHealth365)  Over the past 70 years, the consumption of highly processed foods has skyrocketed in the United States – and rates of chronic inflammatory disease, such as type 2 diabetes, have soared along with it.  (According to the CDC, 34. 2 million Americans, or one in every ten people, now have type 2 diabetes).  Researchers say this is no coincidence and that a common food additive, carboxymethylcellulose (CMC), may play a role.

A brand-new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Gastroenterology sheds new light on the impact of CMC on human health.  The research shows that the chemical – an emulsifier used to prolong shelf life and improve and thicken texture – can disrupt the all-important gut microbiome or community of bacteria living in the intestinal tract.  Let’s take a closer look at the study and its implications.

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https://www.naturalhealth365.com/food-additive-may-worsen-chronic-disease-3498.html

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Identifying those hazardous food additives (EWG)

A new EWG guide brings attention to food additives, commonly found in many processed foods, that can increase the risk of cancer, harm the nervous system, change the body’s hormonal balance and affect the immune system.

We’re publishing the guide because the Food and Drug Administration’s regulatory approach to food additives does not consider the latest science on the health harms caused by additives that may be legally added to processed foods manufactured in the U.S.

Some of the chemicals highlighted in the guide are not allowed for use in food in the European Union, including potassium bromate, a carcinogenic bread additive, and brominated vegetable oil, a flavor stabilizer used in beverages that can harm the nervous system.

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https://www.ewg.org/research/food-additive-science/

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The majority of additives in U.S. foods have undergone either inadequate or zero regulatory oversight

Ten Thousand Chemicals in Food and Food Packaging: What Are These Substances Doing to Our Children?

From greenmedinfo.com

The majority of additives in U.S. foods have undergone either inadequate or zero regulatory oversight. American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) just issued a policy statement about the risks to children’s health of the more than 10,000 chemicals directly or indirectly added to food and “food contact materials” in the U.S. with three primary aims: (1) to review and highlight the significant health concerns associated with the chemicals in foods; (2) to formulate recommendations that pediatricians can share with families; and (3) to propose “urgently needed reforms” pertaining to regulation of food additives by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Public health challenges related to the foods that American children eat are a not-infrequent topic of national conversation. With 38% of children either overweight or obese, the childhood obesity epidemic tends to top the list of concerns, along with related issues such as children’s fast food consumption and the damaging effects of junk food advertising.

According to a recent nationally representative survey, about 60% of the calories consumed by Americans come from “ultra-processed” foods and beverages–defined as products resulting from “several sequences of industrial processes” and including additives “used to imitate sensory properties of foods or to disguise unpalatable aspects of the final product.” Alarmingly, the survey showed that adolescents (10- to 19-year-olds) were among the biggest consumers of ultra-processed foods and that their intake of these foods increased from 2007 to 2012, rising to over two-thirds (68%) of total calories consumed.

Given that teens are relying on additive-filled processed foods for the bulk of their calories, it is noteworthy that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) just issued a policy statement about the risks to children’s health of the more than 10,000 chemicals directly or indirectly added to food and “food contact materials” in the U.S. Published in July 2018 in Pediatrics, the AAP commentary has three primary aims: (1) to review and highlight the significant health concerns associated with the chemicals in foods; (2) to formulate recommendations that pediatricians can share with families; and (3) to propose “urgently needed reforms” pertaining to regulation of food additives by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The majority of additives in U.S. foods have undergone either inadequate or zero regulatory oversight.

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https://www.greenmedinfo.health/blog/ten-thousand-chemicals-food-and-food-packaging-what-are-these-substances-doing-ou?fbclid=IwAR017-CJSSPblpeNJIa0BumMMfPgpY0rEvMrxhP2bv71qLW6sQ0eUECMIss

Disodium Dihydrogen Pyrophosphate common in many foods found to cause serious stomach and kidney problems in lab rats

D.D.P is an odorless chemical food additive in the form of a white crystalized powder to prevent browning of potatoes, leavening in bread, and to prevent meat from spoiling.

It is “Generally Recognized as Safe.” And is found in many of the foods we eat. You can find this in foods like Jell-O, cheese, cereal, canned sauces, pasta, packaged foods, meat products, and even in some chocolates.

It is said to be an enhancer in how it cooks, and the nutritional value.

When this first started being added into foods, it came from animal bones and Irvine specimen, now it comes from the phosphate rock. It is purified and put through chemical reactions. Yet we ingest this food in small amounts. This raises many red flags for me.

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https://understandyourfoodnow.wordpress.com/2019/06/28/disodium-dihydrogen-pyrophosphate/