Nowadays, it’s quite hard to find food which contains no food additives. Almost all food, especially the packed or canned ones, contains these substances. Since they are commonly found everywhere, there is one important question. Are these additives safe for human’s health?
Here are five items of risky additives commonly found on your food. Even though they are still categorized as safe, it is better to avoid them.
Food with Monosodium Glutamate
Commonly called as MSG, this substance has a function to improve the taste of food. It can be found on several snacks or meals, for example, canned meat, potato chips, and flavored crackers. It is still safe to be consumed in the right amount. However, some people can’t tolerate this substance.
For those whose bodies can’t accept this substance, they can have some indications such as sweating, headache, and numbness. This signs will be more serious if they consume it in a large amount.
Food with Sodium Benzoate
Sodium benzoate is already categorized as safe. However, there are many recent studies which reveal the bad effect of this substance. It will be riskier if it is combined with vitamin C. The combination of these two will result in benzene which leads to cancer.
It is better to check your beverages information before deciding to drink it. It is usually found in carbonated drinks and acid food.
The Artificial Sweeteners
Sugar is often substituted by some food additives which give a sweet effect. It has more sweetness than the real sugar has. However, you need to be careful with these additives. The consumption of this sweetener in a large amount can be harmful. What are the sweeteners commonly found in food?
The first one is aspartame. The problem of this additive is methanol. Although it is only 10% of the whole contents of aspartame, methanol is believed to be a carcinogen.
Another sweetener is saccharin. Consuming a large amount of this substance can give a bad effect on your urinary bladder.
Then, there is fructose. It is commonly found in corn syrup, juice, cereals, or soda. This sweetener can increase the potential of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
Food with Trans Fat
Trans fat is purposed to improve the shelf life of food. It is commonly contained in baked food, biscuits, and margarine. The consumption of this substance in a great amount can have a possibility in leading to a heart disease and diabetes.
The Yeast Extract
Last but not least, there is yeast extract. It contains glutamate. Usually, it can be found in salty snacks, cheese, soy sauce, and other tasty food. Yes, it is aimed to enhance the flavor of food.
Related to the issue, it is one of the food additives categorized as safe. However, it is similar to MSG as stated in the previous point. Some people are sensitive to this substance. As a result, they will have a headache, swelling, or numbness after consuming it. Therefore, it is better to consume it in a small amount or avoid it.