Food Additives. What is in your food?
Food additives are added to food to increase the food’s shelf life and also to enhance the taste and texture of food. Most often this is to compensate for things that have been lost or changed in the processing of that food.
At least one hundred new synthetic additives are added to the food supply each year. Ingredient companies sell $4 billion worth of additives to the food processing industry every single year.
Of the more than 2000 chemicals used in various combinations to produce specific flavors, few have been researched or tested to determine effects of health, much less the possible synergistic effects inside the human body.
One commonly used food additive MSG, or monosodium glutamate, is often found in fast food, potato chips, soft drinks, frozen and canned foods and diet foods.
- Some animal studies have linked MSG with brain lesions, retinal degeneration and obesity.
- MSG is often present in foods labeled as “MSG free”, usually disguised as another ingredient such as hydrolyzed vegetable protein, yeast extract, and textured protein among others.
- Many vegetarian foods including meatless hamburgers, bacon, and others contain MSG. Many soy products contain MSG as it is formed during processing.
- According to Russell Blaylock, M.D, a neurosurgeon and expert on the human brain and nervous system, both glutamate (from MSG) and aspartame (artificial sweetener) excite neurons in the brain until these cells degenerate and die. He also states that chemical additives can also act as neurological time bombs and accumulate over a lifetime until some neurodegenerative diseases are triggered (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s).
- You can find more information on many of these potentially harmful food additives in Blaylock’s 1997 book, Excitotoxins, The Taste that Kills.
Read Labels!!! Look at the foods you now eat and see how many of the ingredients you know or can even pronounce. Remember, the more the food is removed from it’s natural state, the more it has been processed and it is likely that it will be less nutritious for you.