If you try to limit the sugar and fat in your life, then perhaps you should consider putting additives on the list as well. Certain additives have been linked to a number of health problems, including headaches, lack of concentration and disrupted sleep (amongst many other things).
There is a growing amount of research showing the negative effects food additives are having on our health. To help you look out for them, we have put together a list of 5 types to avoid, and how you can avoid them.
Artificial Sweeteners - Aspartame, Acesulfame-K & Saccharin
Artificial sweeteners, although made to replace sugar content, can leave you much worse for wear. They often leave the body craving more calories than if you had consumed sugar; and sweeteners like aspartame can cause nasty headaches, as well as many other health problems if consumed regularly.
Added Sugar - High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup & Dextrose
When you eat natural sugars they come hand in hand with other nutrients, which help regulate their uptake. This is not the case with added sugars, and they are extremely hard for the body to control – resulting in blood sugar spikes and the consequential health problems.
Added Salt – Sodium Content
The body only needs small amounts of salt to stay healthy, making adding extra salt unnecessary. Too much can have negative effects on your heart.
Artificial Colouring – Especially Anything That Begins With FD&C
Some artificial colourings are toxic, and can contain up to ten parts per million of both lead and arsenic. They have been linked to nerve damage, visual and learning disorders, as well as hyperactivity, ADD and allergic reactions in children.
Artificial Preservatives – Sodium Nitrate, Sodium Benzoate & Nitrate
There are many artificial preservatives out there, and many of them are harmful. For example sodium nitrate is used to preserve things like bacon, preventing bacteria growth, and giving it that deceptively healthy pink colouring. The thing is, sodium nitrate turns into a cancer causing compound within the stomach, and can cause nausea, headaches and vomiting.
Look for Food Labelled Additive Free
This should not be mistaken for “no added preservatives” a product can still have additives and preservatives as part of its ingredients prior to creation of the final product.
Read the Labels
The best way to know what you are consuming is by reading the ingredient labels of the products you buy. That way you can be 100% sure that what you are eating is safe.