Food Additives

ChickenThe industry of food additives, preservatives and hormones is big business. Many food and product manufacturers have had to find cheaper ways to increase their sales amidst the competition in the market place. However these additives can be toxic to our body; they may make our food and drinks look better, taste better and last longer but they have the opposite effect on our life span!  Here is a list of the direct food additives that you will find in our food, drinks and everyday products :

Preservatives    Acidulants    Food Flavourings & Colourings    

Emulsifiers  Hormones   Anti-caking agents    Sweeteners    Bulking  Agents    

Stabilizers    Humectants   Thickeners   Antioxidants

The fact is these additives are in our everyday foods and products and they are here to stay.  Under the watchful eye of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) these additives are reviewed before they are approved for use. I cannot argue the point that without additives our food would become stale, fatty foods would turn rancid and tinned fruit and vegetables would lose their firmness and colour.  Certain foods that we love to eat would no longer appeal to us without these additives as they certainly enhance their taste and appearance. However there has been no research done on the effects of long term use of additives in our food.

The controversial sweetener Aspartame is approved by every country and found in almost 6000 foods but is the mostly deadly of all.  It is the main cause of 75% of food allergic reactions.  Causing rashes, heart palpitations, seizures, memory loss, anxiety attacks, dizziness, nausea and muscle spasms. The long term affect of this substance has been linked to Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, Fibromyalgia and tumours!

The real issue is that some or a combination of these additives and preservatives cause sensitivity and can trigger allergies for a small minority and these should always be looked at closely with your other food intake.

Many times I have tested foods and products that were OK and when tested are now negative against the digestive system.  This can be the result of a change in the ingredients or an accumulation build up of certain additives.  There really is no way of knowing what is OK for you unless you use kinesiology to test your food and products on a regular basis and once you get to know and read your body this becomes easier and easier. This means that we must not be complacent in trusting the authorities and labels when your health is concerned!

The governments in the UK and Europe have asked manufacturers to find alternatives to the following additives and issued new guidelines for relabeling to have a mandatory warning “May have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children” if they still choose to use them. I believe that this is a very good idea and will help to bring clarity between the manufacturer and consumer.

  • Allura Red AC (129)
  • Carmoisine (122)
  • Ponceau 4R (122)
  • Quinoline Yellow (104)
  • Sunset Yellow FCF (110)
  • Tartrazine (102) –

Many food manufacturers and retailers in the UK and Europe have already taken action to stop using them. Aldi a European supermarket now here in Australia have taken the above additives out of their own-brand products and further removed these seven more colours:

  • Amaranth Purple (123)
  • Black (151)
  • Brilliant Blue (133)
  • Brown (155)
  • Eerythrosine Cherry Red (127)
  • Green (142, 143)
  • Indigo Blue (132)

foodshoppingThere has been a lot of research in many countries and this topic has always been at the forefront of conversations involving children, allergies and behaviour patterns.  Some artificial food colourings might make children with ADHD more cranky, and their ADHD symptoms might seem worse.  But research is not clear on how little is too much; combining different foods over a period of time or if the subject is on medication or if the research is actually based on the age and weight of a small child. Most of the research is based on small amounts of a particular additive or food colouring and its potential harm to the body and is graded accordingly.

The only way of safe guarding yourself is to use Kinesiology and test every food and product. You will be in control of what is OK for you, what you have to keep in moderation or what you need to avoid or eliminate.

You now have taken responsibility for your health and wellbeing