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Dangers of food additives and preservatives

Additives and Preservatives We Commonly Eat

Due to the rise of the food industry, the food produced in the world daily, surpasses traditional production capabilities. However, all this food is to last for quite some time, while waiting for their buyers patiently, on the shelves of your supermarket.

In order for this food to be good and fresh, even after several weeks after the production, various substances and chemicals are used for preservation of quality and freshness. Thus, preservatives are used in order to make the food last longer, resisting yeast, mold and other microorganisms which may spoil it. Additionally, additives boost certain qualities for food products, enhancing their taste, visual appeal and many other factors.

Some additives and preservatives are natural, taken from some vegetables, fruit or other sources. However, there are chemicals which were made synthetically and these are found in almost everything we eat nowadays.

Unfortunately, many of these substances have been proven harmful for consumption since they can trigger cancer and many other illnesses. Yet, nevertheless, these are still the basic part of everything we eat and we are only to hope that we will not end up being the unlucky ones after all the supermarket food we have eaten in our lives.

Harmful Food Additives and Preservatives

One of the main problems which may be triggered by these substances is the widely present attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, mostly affecting children and various allergies which can also affect individuals due to the exposure to these harmful food elements.

Additives are known to have caused asthma, vomiting, nausea, hives, breathing problems and tightness in chest, as well as eczema and diarrhea. Certain additives are capable of causing our liver to fail as well as our kidneys, due to high levels of blood cholesterol they trigger. There are additives which may be responsible for birth defects or genetic modification. Many of these are capable of causing numerous deficiencies in our organism, which later lead to various diseases.

All this is just the tip of the iceberg. Most additives and preservatives are bad and should be avoided as much as possible. Read the labels on the products and check the ingredient lists carefully, choosing products with as little of these substances as possible. Finally, you can only benefit from opting for organic food, which is incomparably safer and healthier, even though its costs are a bit higher.

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