Are Artificial Food Additives & Colourings
Let’s Take a Look at 5 Keys to
Decreasing the Toxic Load!
If your Eating Habits consist of processed foods, junk foods, or fast foods then you are consuming enormous quantities of toxic, carcinogens and questionable food additives that will deprive you of achieving Optimal Health. There are more than 10,000 possible food additives that are allowed into the foods we consume, not counting the ones that are frequently added to the packaging itself. The question asked – “Are Artificial Food Additives & Colourings Killing You?“
In this article let me take you on a Journey as to how you can minimize this toxic load of harmful toxins from your daily eating. To give you every opportunity to Live a Healthy, Happy and Vital Life.
1: What’s Happening to Your Food?
It is with the increased quantity of processed foods in the second half of the twentieth century. That more and more Food Additives, Artificial Flavours, Colourings, Chemicals and Preservatives are being added to our Food.
It is with the increase quantity of processed foods, there has been a definite link not only to the increase of diseases such as Cancer, Heart, Kidney, and Liver. These foods have been found to be a major contributor to Allergies.
One of the Key Elements to Healing, Becoming Well and Supporting Optimal Health is with Nutrition that includes Eating Fresh, Whole Foods. What Happens to You when you are Eating Food that has been processed, canned or packaged, the majority of your key nutrients are lost.
2: Fresh, Whole Food the Foundation for
Building Optimal Health & Prevention of Disease
Negative effect of Processed Foods on your Health
Eating unhealthy, heavily processed, packaged and junk foods on a regular basis is a major contributor to serious health problems, that can lead to chronic disease.
What happens is that the more that food is tampered with, the less effective, it becomes with providing you with a foundation for Optimal Health and Protection against disease. Not to mention the chemicals, additives and colourings cause toxicity within your body and interfere with the normal organ function and processing.
In essence – Studies continue to show the negative effects these foods have on your health. These being a major contributor to the decline of health and the increasing problem with obesity in our society.
Positive effects of a Healthy, Fresh, Whole Food Diet
It is important when want to live a healthy, disease-free, happy life that a well-balanced diet including 3- 4 different types of fruit per day, 4 – 5 different types of vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and healthy protein are eaten. Exchanging unhealthy, processed foods, for healthy, fresh food alternatives.
The food that you eat every day is the very Foundation and Key to your assisting your body to function Optimally, providing you with essential nutrients, to protect you from ill health and disease. Understanding that fresh, whole foods are your best friend and the majority of processed, packaged and junk foods are your worst enemy.
3: How the Chemical Maze affects your Body!
With the introduction and bombardment of these artificial additives, chemicals and toxic substances not only does your body have difficulty eliminating these (a bit like your rubbish bin, but it will also only take so much rubbish before it starts to overflow making a mess everywhere).
This chemical list, that is only name a few, is known as a chemical maze because no one really knows what happens inside your body once all these chemicals get together.
Here you begin to have an overload of chemicals plus the interaction of these chemicals creating what you may have heard of being toxic overload.
Hence when they say about doing research into disease it becomes very difficult to pinpoint the source as there are many sources or causes plus this interaction of chemicals for which it is in mind impossible to know what effect they are contributing or what they are doing.
If you think back to your chemistry class at school this will give you some idea of what I am talking about. So, let’s go through the maze of chemicals that is food additives and colourings that are going into our foods.
This is a great way of eliminating probably over half of the chemicals that are harming our body, therefore giving our bodies a lot better chance of eliminating the ones that we don’t have control over It is known as a chemical maze because no one really knows what happens inside your body once all these chemicals get together.
4: What Are Food Additives?
The different types of food additive and their uses include Anti-caking agents – stop ingredients from becoming lumpy Antioxidants – prevent foods from oxidising or going rancid. Artificial sweeteners – increase the sweetness. Emulsifiers – stop fats from clotting together. Food acids – maintain the right acid level. Colours – enhance or add colour.
Humectants – keep foods moist. Flavours – add flavour. Flavour enhancers – increase the power of a flavour. Foaming agents – maintain uniform aeration of gases in foods. Mineral salts – enhance texture and flavour. Preservatives – stop microbes from multiplying and spoiling the food. Thickeners and vegetable gums – enhance texture and consistency. Stabilisers and firming agents – maintain even food dispersion.
Flour treatment – improves baking quality. Glazing agent – improves appearance and can protect food. Gelling agents – alter the texture of foods through gel formation. Propellants – help propel food from a container. Raising agents – increase the volume of food through the use of gases. Bulking agents – increase the volume of food without major changes to its available energy.
Colouring in Cereal – These synthetic dyes have been linked to a wide variety of health concerns including behavioural problems, hyperactivity, allergic reactions, and even cancers. The Centre for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), an organization that advocates for Nutrition and food safety, is calling for a ban on these synthetic dyes. Food-based dyes such as beet juice and turmeric are readily available, but are more expensive and often less bright, making synthetic dyes more attractive to food manufacturers. Food dyes and allergic reactions:
5: Allergy Dangers
Blue 1, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6 have been reported to cause allergic reactions in some people. Food dyes and hyperactivity:
#Food dyes are of particular concern for children, since many coloured foods are marketed to children, and their smaller body size makes them more susceptible to potential toxins. Hyperactivity in children following ingestion of food dyes is well-documented in placebo-controlled studies.
Furthermore, a 2004 meta-analysis of 16 studies in children who were already hyperactive showed that their hyperactive behaviour increased in response to food colorings.2 In a study published in Lancet in 2007, researchers tested two different mixtures of food dyes vs. placebo in children of two age groups – one mixture increased hyperactivity in 3-year-old children, and both mixtures increased hyperactivity in the 8–9-year-olds.
This study sparked a reaction by the British government. They instructed food manufacturers to eliminate all of these synthetic dyes by the end of 2009. In fact, starting later this month, a warning notice will be required on dyed foods in Europe stating that these foods “may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.”4 As a result, several international food companies now produce products with food-based dyes or no dyes in the U.K., but continue to include synthetic dyes in their U.S. products.
Further Reading for Guidance and Support
How to Decrease the Toxic Overload
Beginning with these two steps:
1: Eat a Diet that is 75% Fruit & Vegetables 25% Healthy Proteins – Lean meats, Fish, Chicken, Nuts and Seeds.
2: Buy Local produce that you know how it has been farmed and sourced.
Eating Clean to Reduce your Risk of Disease
What is happening to your Food and What does Eating Clean mean? This is a Term being used everywhere at the moment, meaning that for Repair, Restoration and Optimal Health and to Reduce your Risk of “Disease”.
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