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Should You Avoid These 3 Common Food Additives?
You hear all kinds of negative news telling you not to eat this or not to eat that.
Eating has become a highly political issue.
So, what’s the truth?
What food additives should you avoid? Should you avoid them all? Are some just fine?
Learn the truth about a handful of three of the most common ones:
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) You can find this one in salty snacks, frozen dinners, and canned soups because it enhances the savory flavors of those foods. You’ve likely consumed an awful lot of MSG over your life. One 1969 study found MSG causes neurological problems as well as impaired growth and development in mice.However, subsequent studies found MSG cannot cross the blood-brain barrier and that MSG only has a small to non-existent effect on your brain.
But, MSG’s not totally in the clear. Some people do experience headaches, sweatiness, and numbness due to a sensitivity to MSG.
The bottom line: avoid MSG if you experience any of the above negative effects. Otherwise, eat it in moderation.
Artificial Food Coloring Yep. We Americans like to buy foods with vibrant, attractive colors. Examine your own behavior. Would you rather buy a product that looks so-so or one that looks large, plump, bright, and healthy? Artificial food colors have been thought to cause hyperactivity and asthma in children since the 1970s.Study results have been mixed. A 2007 British study was compelling enough to cause the European Food Standards Agency to encourage companies to stop using artificial food coloring.
But no laws banning it were ever passed. And the US FDA continues to support certain FDA-approved food coloring.
So this one’s up to you: mixed evidence supports the harmful effects of artificial food colors in some cases. However, it’s not conclusive.
High-Fructose Corn Syrup This is a sweetener made from corn. It’s sweet and cheaper than the glucose which comes from sugar cane, so that’s why it gets used. You’ll commonly find it in many processed foods, and primarily non-diet soft drinks. Some researches have suspected this increases obesity and type 2 diabetes.
However, it’s been found that high-fructose corn syrup is just sugar, and your body treats it as such.
In terms of sugar, it’s no better or worse than any other form of sugar.
But as you know, eating too much sugar, in general, can cause high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease, the leading killer of American men and women.
So yes, in this day of mass hysteria about what you should and shouldn’t eat, you now know the truth among three common food additives.