Food additives to avoid.


Food additives are a major concern for me and I know most of you feel the same. The simplest way to be safe is to only eat real, whole, local and fresh (ideally organic) food that you cook at home. But it’s not always possible…Even if food additives are approved by regulators (Food Standards Australia New Zealand here), recent studies conducted in Europe suggest that we need to be extremely cautious with at least some of them…

My advice? Read the labels… All of them. And if you see one of these additives listed below, run!…

these food Additives may cause cancer

E150c Food additiveE150c and E150d caramel colour additive are used in colas, balsamic vinegar, lollies, sauces… Research showed that after 2 years mouses suffer from lung cancer and leukaemia. No research has been made on humans yet…

The E320 antioxidant is widely used in chewing-gums, soups and mashes. Studies run by the International Agency for Research on Cancer in France suggest that it could trigger cancers if you consume it every day for a few years. Even in small amounts, it also could have an impact on hormones, in particular for kids and teenagers who consume a lot of chewing-gums.

these food additives may cause allergies

Food additive E102E102 and E124 colorants, used in lollies, processed meats and drinks could cause skin allergies for some people… A study in Europe showed that the amount of E124 is often 4 to 10 times higher than the quantity allowed by regulators…

E220 to E228 preservatives  (or sulphites) can be found in alcoholic drinks (such as wine), caned vegetables, mustard, crackers… For people suffering from asthma, one dose only can generate headache, rashes, breathing difficulties.   With only one glass of wine, you can exceed the ‘healthy’ daily dose. If you want to enjoy wine, follow my advice here and drink organic wines, as they don’t have any sulphites.

these food Additives may cause hyperactivity in children

E102 and E124 again but also E104, E110, E122, E129 bring bright colours to lollies, sodas, processed meats. However they are on a watch list in Europe as they may play a critical role in kids’ hyperactivity. The best is to avoid them altogether.

these food Additives may cause numerous harms

E550 Food additivesThese nanoparticles are simply… evil! E170 to 172 (white) colorants used in lollies and chewing-gums, E550 and E551 used in instant coffee or chocolate powder can be used in nanoparticles form. Many research suggest that they could leak into the liver, kidneys, heart and brain – and their safety hasn’t been proved yet…

There is a wealth of research on the potential negative impacts of aspartame (E951): cancers, headache, epilepsy,  weight gain, depression… The list is endless. Other studies show that the risk is quite limited as you would need to eat a lot to jeopardise your health… I made up my mind and for me, it’s quite simple: aspartame and all other artificial sweeteners are a big no-no. Only use natural sugar (with moderation!).

E433 and E466 are in many pastries, cakes and dairies. They actually could have a huge impact on your gut flora. Maintaining a very healthy gut flora is the key to optimum health as explained here, so please avoid these emulsifiers at all cost!

My last 3 tips to stay away from additives

To stay away from additives as much as possible:

  • Read this very insightful and comprehensive article by Choice if you want to know more about the dangerous world of food additives.
  • Reduce your intake of processed foods and choose products with 3 ingredients maximum.
  • Prefer organic food.

And don’t forget: follow my motto Real Food + Pleasure = Health© and be happy and healthy!

Have a beautiful food-additive-free end of the week!


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