Additives are found everywhere in our packaged food products but what do those little numbers mean and which ones should you look out for? Live Well’s nutrition partner, Naed Nutrition has shared their list of the top 7 list of food additives to avoid:
- Aspartame # 951 C found in Diet Foods & diet soft drinks, equal,
Linked to many health problems including cancer, asthma, nausea, depressions, hyperactivity, seizures.
Causes dizziness, headaches & hallucinations
- Olestra (Fat substitute) found in chips, crackers (no fat/reduced fat)
Causes diarrheas, cramps, flatulence, increases appetite, decrease the ability for fat soluble vitamins to be absorbed.
- Erythrosine #E127 (red) found in jams, sugar lollies, toppings & fillings, red cordials and soups
Causes concentration, increase in hyperactivity in kids, nerve toxin
- MSG #621 found in Chinese, salad dressings, soups, chips
Linked to Asthma, hyperactivity, depression, mood changes, sleeplessness, nausea, migraine, linked to infertility, teratogen, convulsions, abdominal discomfort. See text re other hidden sources of MSG
Causes headaches, dizziness, migraines, convulsions
- Sodium Nitrate #251/250 found in Bacon, ham, salami, corned beef, hot dogs
Linked to Hyperactivity, behavioral problems, asthma, headaches, dizziness, possible carcinogen. Prohibited in foods for infants and young children.
- Sulfites #222/223/228 eg: sodium bisulphite (222)Found in wine, beer and dried fruit
Linked to migraines and asthma attacks in some people
- Tartrazine #E102 (yellow) found in lollies, desserts, cereal and soft drinks
Linked to Hyperactivity, behavioral problems, skin rashes, migraines and thyroid problems.
Unfortunately, to add to the confusion, they won’t always be listed under these names or numbers. For example, Tartrazine #E102 is listed as FD&C yellow 5 or C.I. 19140. Be consumer aware and download the free app Additive Alert!
For more information on becoming consumer aware with your foods contact Sinead Tolley, at Naed Nutrition.