Food Additives – How Do They Affect Health?

Ideally, if we all just stuck to eating whole foods, you know, those foods, like – fruit, veg, nuts, seeds, fish, eggs, poultry, meats, wholegrain, then we wouldn’t need to know about food additives, because they are not present in fresh whole foods at all.

But there are times, for one reason or another where you may need to buy packaged foods and these foods may contain food additives. These are numbers found on the back of packaged foods, they find themselves in the ingredient list!

Always go straight to the ingredient list to find these numbers, even if a product states “natural” this may mislead you to believe that the product is free of additives, but this may not be the case. Not all additives are created equal, so with the permission of Julie Eady from her book “Additive Alert” here is some insight on their effects on our health.

SUSPECTED CARCINOGENSThese additives have proven or strongly suspected links to cancer in animals and/or humans:

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Additives not recommended for children

Pregnant and breastfeeding women may wish to avoid these also:

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Prohibited in foods for infants and young children by FSANZ guidelines

– Children, pregnant and breastfeeding  women may wish to avoid these also:

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Hyperactive or hypersensitive reaction possibleThese should be avoided by children, especially those with ADD or ADHD, or anyone with known chemical sensitivities:

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Linked to AsthmaThese additives have been known to trigger or exacerbate asthma attacks in sufferers.  Asthmatics or anyone at risk of asthma may wish to avoid them.

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Banned in other countriesThese additives are still permitted in Australia despite being banned in other countries, often because of their links to cancer, birth defects, or other serious safety concerns.

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Safety Suspect adverse reaction possible – These additives vary greatly in the severity of the associated health concerns.  In some cases, the jury is still out about their long-term safety.  Other additives in this category are linked to severe effects in existing references.

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Not recommended for those with salicylate intolerance

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Not recommended for those with kidney or liver problems

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Recently added to Australian standards

– Little information about safety is available for these additives

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