Are Food Additives Safe?

It can be hard to determine if certain food additives are really safe to eat in our food supply. It can take several years of an item being on the market, before it might become linked to an issue. After this link, there are studies and research to determine the degree of risk an additive poses to health. Even when alarms are raised by the use of additives it can be many years before the item is removed from foods as studies are often disputed. You can avoid food additives by eating fresh healthy foods from an organic garden.

Artificial Colors In Foods

The use of artificial colors in foods and drinks is typically chemical dyes. Because these are used only to make the food or drink more appetizing in appearance, but these items are often the subject of health concern. Some dyes such as Red Dye 2 have been banned by the FDA in America. Red Dye 2 was found to have a link to cancer in rats in 1970. Some dyes have been linked to hyperactivity in children, but studies as late as 2007 are disputed by food manufacturers.

High Fructose Corn Syrup

A sweetener made from corn, high fructose corn syrup offers manufacturers a very inexpensive method of sweeten foods and drinks. Made from corn, it is cheaper than sweeteners made from sugar cane. It is used in drinks and many different types of foods. The problem is that some people believe that there are people who metabolize this substance in a way, which can increase the risk of obesity, and type 2 diabetes. The risk associated with high fructose corn syrup is not different than those associated with sugar from sugar cane according to the FDA so it is not likely to be withdrawn soon from the market.

The Problems with Aspartame

Aspartame is another artificial sweetener that many blame for seizers, headaches, and that some studies have found to be associated with a higher risk of some cancers. Again, there is no move at this time to withdraw this sweetener from the market as the studies have not been deemed “conclusive”.

All Kinds of Food and MSG

While many people once believed that MSG or monosodium was only in Chinese food the reality is this additive used to enhance flavor is found everywhere. Chemical glutamate, which is what this substance is derived from doesn’t have a flavor, but it will impart a savory taste to other foods. Some foods have this substance naturally such as soybeans, and seaweed. Studies have found that some people are sensitive to MSG and will develop an allergy, but this is rare. Others claim this substance gives them migraines as well as other symptoms.


If the food label has words on it that you cannot pronounce and never herd of then there is a good chance it's bad for you. I have been told to also stay away from words with mono in them.

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