Have you caught yourself wondering what is in the food that you are eating? I caught myself wondering that question and I also wondered what kind of effect of what I am eating is having on my body. I wanted to research this topic further so I did. I read about different food additives in our food in various articles online. Also, I started looking at the ingredients on packaging when I would go grocery shopping. I was shocked to find lots of ingredients in many foods that are not good for our bodies. I wanted to learn more about the food offenders.
There are several food offenders out there but I just decided to focus on the following ones which are Azodicarbonamide (ADA), Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT), Carmine, Carrageenan, High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), and Monosodium Glutamate (MSG).
Azodicarbonamide (ADA) is used as a flour bleaching agent and dough conditioner.
The principal use of azodicarbonamide is in the production of foamed plastics as a blowing agent. The thermal decomposition of ADA results in the evolution of nitrogen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and ammonia gases. ADA has been linked to “respiratory issues, allergies and asthma” for individuals at workplaces where ADA is manufactured or handled in raw form.
Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) is a lipophilic organic compound, chemically a derivative of phenol. In the petroleum industry, BHT is used in hydraulic fluids, turbine and gear oils, and jet fuels. BHT has been linked to cancer, asthma, and behavioral issues in children.
Carmine also called crimson lake, cochineal, natural red 4, C. I. 75470, or E120 is a pigment of a bright-red color obtained from the aluminum salt of carminic acid. The pigment is produced from some scale insects such as the cochineal scale and certain Porphyrophora species (Armenian cochineal and Polish cochineal). As a food dye it has been known to cause severe allergic reactions and anaphylactic shock in some people.
Carrageenan are a
family of linear sulphated polysaccharides that are extracted from red edible seaweeds. They are widely used in the food industry for their gelling, thickening, and stabilizing properties. The ingredient has been linked to GI disease in lab animals, including ulcerative colitis, intestinal lesions, and colon cancer.
High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is a sweetener made from corn starch that has been processed by glucose isomerase to convert some of its glucose into fructose. It was first marketed in the early 1970’s by The Clinton Corn Processing Company, together with the Japanese research institute where the enzyme was discovered. This ingredient can be linked to heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and autism.
Monosodium Glutamate(MSG) is the sodium salt of glutamic acid, one of the most abundant naturally occurring non-essential amino acids. Glutamic acid was discovered and identified in 1866 by the German chemist Karl Heinrich Ritthausen who treated wheat gluten with sulfuric acid. MSG has been used for more than 100 years to season food. There has been some evidence called the MSG symptom complex where a person can experience symptoms of headache, flushing, sweating, facial pressure or tightness, tingling, burning, or numbness in the face, neck, and other areas, rapid fluttering heartbeats, chest pain, nausea, and weakness.
Not saying we can get around all of the food offenders out there but this article is just a way of educating your mind about what is going into your body. We have consumed many of these additives for years but the point is that we must cut down on our consumption of these additives in our diet. Some people go to a Whole Foods store or Trader Joe’s to get foods that have less additives in them or some just shop in the Organic and Healthy Living section of Kroger. I am still eating additives just not as many of them. I have become a much more informed grocery shopper due to my studies about food offenders and I feel it will improve my family’s health.