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    BEWARE: Dangerous Additives in Processed Foods!

    Processed foods can be convenience, comfort or delicious foods that tickle the tongue but can harm you in the long run. The ingredients used in packaged and processed foods can be hazardous for your health. Here are such dangerous additives that you much watch out while you shop for your groceries.






    1. Food Coloring: Most foods that attract children have blue, green, red and yellow color have food coloring. Consumption of such foods shows links to children being hyperactive and can cause ADHD. These are generally found in cookies, icing, cereal, snacks and candies. Do check the labels and stick to wholesome foods.




    Phthalates: This is a synthetic hormone found in canned foods. Studies show exposure to phthalates can cause endocrine disruption in animals and humans. This can produce disorders in developmental, reproductive, neurological and immune system. This hormone may also be present in personal care products. Eat fresh foods and completely avoid canned foods as much as possible.




    Exictotoxins: These amino acids function as neurotransmitters in the brain. Large exposure to this toxin can excite the brain that can destroy the nerve cells. These are commonly found in salads, diet soda, processed vegetarian and non-vegetarian foods. MSG (Mono Sodium Gluatmate) and Aspartate are two forms of exictotoxins. Damage in nerve cells can result in learning, emotional and behavioral difficulties. Instant soups, flavored potato chips, dry food mix, burgers, dips, salad dressings are some foods that contain MSG. Aspartate is mainly used as artificial sweetener in ice creams, soft drinks and so on. Aspartame is known to cause panic attacks, blackouts, mood swings and dizziness.



    BHA and BHT : Foods such as butter, cereals, chips contain Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) and Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT). These are used to prevent the formation of yeast and thereby give a longer shelf life for the processed food. Ingestion of BHA and BHT is linked to result in liver damage, unhealthy weight loss, fetal abnormalities and growth retardation.


    This list can be never-ending. Studies are increasingly showing various additives that are hazardous for human health. Children are the worst affected. Therefore, keep an eye for these ingredients and reduce the percentage in the use of processed and packaged foods to lead a healthy life.


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    Re: BEWARE: Dangerous Additives in Processed Foods!

    MSG(MONO-SODIUM GLUTAMATE)

    (Our country's common brand- Ajinomotto)


    -MSG is a flavor-enhancer and preservative that is added to many packaged and canned foods. In fact, it is found in most packaged foods, from potato chips to soups to canned meats, but it is not always listed as MSG. It can also be disguised on the label as "natural flavoring" or "glutamic acid." According to a report on MSG by the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine, MSG promotes the growth, and spread, of cancer cells within the body, and can also be linked to "sudden cardiac death." In a study in the February-March, 2008 issue of the "Journal of Autoimmunity," researchers state that MSG is linked with obesity and inflammation within the body, particularly the liver. The researchers also call for it to be re-evaluated as a food additive, and suggested removing it from the food chain.



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