Harmful food additives for health

Some components that are added to industrialized products to make them more beautiful, delicious, colorful and also increase their shelf life can be bad for your health, causing diarrhea, hypertension, allergy and even cancer, for example.

Therefore, before buying a food it is very important to read the label and, if the list of ingredients is very long or is not simple to understand, it is best not to buy. See how to identify additives in food.

List of main food additives

Check the table for some examples of artificial food additives that are bad for your health and what damage they can cause:

E102 Tartrazine - Yellow DyeLiqueurs, fermented, cereals, yogurt, gums, candies, caramelsHyperactivity, asthma, eczema, hives, insomnia
E120 Carminic AcidCider, energy drinks, gelatin, ice cream, sausagesHyperactivity, asthma, eczema and insomnia
E124 Red DyeSoft drinks, gelatin, gums, candies, jellies, jams, cookiesHyperactivity, asthma, eczema and insomnia, can cause cancer
E133 Bright Blue DyeDairy, candies, cereals, cheeses, fillings, gelatin, soft drinksIt can accumulate in the kidneys and lymphatic vessels, cause hyperactivity, asthma, eczema, hives, insomnia, cancer. It is a dye absorbed by the intestine and can make the stool green.
E621 Monosodium GlutamateReady-made seasonings, instant dough, chips, snacks, pizza, condiments, diet products

At low doses it leads to increased activity of brain cells and can destroy neurons quickly, impairing the correct functioning of the brain. It is contraindicated in patients with bipolar disorder, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy and schizophrenia.

E951 AspartameSweeteners, diet sodas, candies, chewing gumIn the long run it can be carcinogenic. The amount of 40 mg / kg per day should not be exceeded.
E950 Potassium AcesulfameSweeteners, gums, industrialized fruit juices, cookies, industrialized dairy dessertsConsumed in the long run it can be carcinogenic.

Preservatives and other food additives may appear on the label only in the form of acronyms or with their name written in full, as shown in the table.

E471 and E338 additives, although they can be dangerous, still need more scientific proof of the possible damage they can cause to health.

Natural food additives that do not harm health

Some types of food additives are natural, as they are removed from food and do not harm health, such as, for example, E100 Curcumin, E162 Red beet, betanine and E330 Citric Acid. These can be consumed with ease because they are not harmful to your health.

See also: 3 reasons to buy organic food.