Category: Food Additives
High Fructose Corn Syrup – Increases obesity and diabetes risk (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 86 and American Chemical Society). It is also likely GMO (since most USA corn is GM) Monosodium Glutamate (MSG): Harmful effects on function of hypothalamus-pituitary-target gland system. (From NIH). MSG intake leads to erosive and ulcerative lesions of the…
Organic program does not oversee the use of food preservatives, so technically this page is slightly outside of the “Organic” topic’s scope – but it is still important to read and know. Here is the list of the most common preservatives in US food (From: FDA. Let’s review it: Sodium Benzoate: Used in liquids, specifically…
Organic program does not oversee the use of food preservatives, so technically this page is slightly outside of the “Organic” topic’s scope – but it is still important to read and know.
Here is the list of the most common preservatives in US food (From: FDA. Let’s review it:
- Sodium Benzoate: Used in liquids, specifically carbonated drinks, pickles, salad dressings, jams and fruit juice, etc. Combined with citric acid (frequent additive in beverages) it
transforms into a well known carcinogen Benzine.
- Sodium Erythorbate: Environmental pollutant. May
have a negative physiological effect on seedlings in a low ozone
- Ascorbic acid (also known as Vitamin C): No problems with it, no risk of overdose: Vitamin C is water soluble, any excess amount will be washed out with urine.
- Citric acid: Often used as flavoring agent in beverages, in medicine to cover chemical taste. Significant concern: carcinogen (From: National Institute of Health) and damages cells
- Calcium Propionate and Sodium Propionate:synthetic substance, mold inhibitor. Skin, eye or respiratory irritant. Used in cosmetics, medicine, tobacco, baked goods. (From USDA).
- Sodium nitrite: Used in meats, sausages, etc. Concerns: 1) developmental and reproductive toxicity (From: California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment) 2) can cause headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain (From: New Jersey’s Hazardous Substance Fact Sheet) 3) When heated while cooking meat, produces Nitrosamines, which are potent carcinogens (From: National Institutes of Health). Sodium nitrite’s uses include the following: as an active oxidizing agent; as a reducing agent; as the principal source of nitrous acid in a number of organic syntheses; to form organic nitrites when reacted with organic alcohols in an acid medium; as an ingredient in the manufacture of inks, dyes, and other chemicals; for curing meat products such as hot dogs; as an additive in the manufacture of synthetic rubbers; in wastewater treatment; in human and veterinary medicine as a vasodilator, a bronchodilator, an intestinal relaxant or laxative, and as an antidote for cyanide poisoning. (From: US International Trade Commission)
- calcium sorbate: must not be used in cooked sausages or any other meat (From: Code of Federal Regulations) because it could mask meat spoilage (From: USDA). Limited testing shows no mutagenic or genotoxic activity (From: NIH 1, NIH 2 and NIH 3 and FDA)
- potassium sorbate: mold inhibitor. (from USDA).
- BHA, BHT: human carcinogen (From: NIH) and gastrointestinal damage (From: NIH)
- EDTA: – Damages cells /cytotoxic/ (From: NIH1 and NIH 2). Harmful during pregnancy & removes minerals from the body (From: FDA). Persistent environmental pollutant (From: NIH)
- Tocopherol (Vitamin E): Increases prostate cancer risk (From: Cancer.gov)