Food additives in relation to health
Some food additives are, in fact, natural and beneficial to health. Examples include herbs, spices, fruit extracts, and vegetable oils. Many natural food additives are known to be beneficial to health and can offer a variety of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
There are also some artificial ones, such as artificial sweeteners, colours, flavours, and preservatives, that are best to be avoided and here is why…
- They may end up being toxic to your body.
- Some are even known to disrupt hormone balance.
- They are highly associated with diabetes and obesity, especially in young children.
Extensive and highly frequent consumption of such ingredients may cause allergies, cancer, liver problems, headaches and other health issues.
A study conducted in 3-year-old and 8/9-year-old children of the general population shows that consuming artificial colourings (food additives) and/or a sodium benzoate preservative increased hyperactive behaviour.
When shopping for food for yourself or your family, it is best to always read the list of potential ingredients you would like to avoid and know what you’re consuming.
Here you will find the Food Additive Database by the European Commission, with all the food additives and all possible information regarding their characteristics, conditions of use, alternative names and anything else you wish to know.