Be A Wise Consumer
It’s very important to be a wise consumer to know what you are eating! it’s very informative to learn what are the common food additives and preservatives in food and are they safe?
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
Corn Syrup isn’t good for you, but high fructose corn syrup is particularly harmful. In 2010, Princeton University researchers proved an unambiguous link between obesity and HFCS. Rats whose diets included HFCS gained more weight than rats who did not ingest the sweetener, even though their caloric intake was the same.
Sodium benzoate prevents the growth of bacteria and fungi, but it is one of the most dangerous preservatives there is – so dangerous that even food industry giant Coca Cola has pledged to gradually phase out its use. When sodium benzoate is mixed with Vitamin C or Ascorbic Acid, it forms a compound called chemical benzene, a known carcinogen.
Potassium benzoate is a chemical preservative that is commonly added to some foods and drinks, but most notably soft drinks. Potassium benzoate is an effective preservative because it blocks the growth of some bacteria, yeast and mold. When dissolved in liquid, it separates into its two parts, the electrolyte potassium and the benzoate salt.
FDA Stance on Potassium Benzoate
The FDA has determined that beverages that contain both Potassium benzoate and Vitamin C contain minimal amounts of benzene. The Environmental Protection Agency defines safe drinking water as having less than 5 parts per billion, or ppb, of benzene. Accordingly, the FDA has adopted this maximum allowable limit for consumer-based beverages.
Citric acid is one of the most common food additives in use today added as a preservative. You may think it is a harmless derivative of lemons, and that used to be so. Today’s citric acid is a whole different story. Here’s what you need to know about this pervasive ingredient.
Industrial food ingenuity has made it so that citric acid can be created from Aspergillus niger-the common black mold found in houses which, in abundance, poses health risks to humans from spore inhalation. Although citric acid can be obtained from lemon or pineapple juice, producing citric acid from A.niger is a far less expensive process.
Guar gum is an extremely viscous thickening agent that has the potential to expand up to 20 times its original size. Guar gum is often marketed as a weight loss additive since it has the potential to minimize appetitive by creating a feeling of fullness. However, the possibility that guar gum could expand and completely block your gastrointestinal tract, according to the Drugs website, indicates that you should minimize your consumption.
Magnesium stearate prevents ingredients from sticking to machinery while the ingredients are being capsulized. The TOXNET website list the toxic effects that occurred when magnesium stearate was fed to experimental rats. In some rats, urinary stones developed, and in others nephrocalcinosis occurred, a condition in which excess calcium deposits in the kidneys. Nephrocalcinosis is a dangerous condition that may lead to kidney damage and failure.