Food chemicals and E-numbers explained

Is there chemicals in my food?

Optimum health is not just about what you eat, it is certainly also what you do not eat. Since the 1950s over thirty-five hundred man-made chemicals have found their way into manufactured food, along with pesticides, antibiotics, and hormone residues from stable foods such as grains and meat. Many of these chemicals are anti nutrients in such a way that they stop nutrients being absorbed and used.

Proper digestion, absorption of nutrients, and elimination of wastes are essential for optimum health. Disorders of the gastrointestinal tract are all common health issues and can lead to improper digestion and nutrient deficiencies, which may contribute to the development of many other diseases.

It is common that our daily diet consists of processed, refined and overcooked food and often it results in a lack of the many valuable nutrients we need in order to maintain a healthy immune system. Eating a diet high in “live” foods i.e. fruits and vegetables, whole grains, water and a modest amount of animal or vegetable protein are important for optimum health.

The man-made chemicals are all added into the food for flavor and freshness, so buying organic or grow your own vegetables will absolutely be a better option. Chemicals that enter the body will be stored in the fat cells as toxic waste and having too much accumulated will develop into a weight gain and a slow metabolism and weak immune system.

Have you ever wondered what exactly it is you eat when you read all these e-numbers and long strangely names hard to pronounce on the labels on your food item and can these really be beneficial and healthy?

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The table indicates some of the most common chemicals or substances added to our food product, which you should be aware of next time you purchase your food.  Some people do have allergies to certain substances and is studying the food labels with scrutiny and although you might not have these allergies it is still good to know what exactly it is we are eating and how healthy or unhealthy food products are for our body.

You would believe that no items are to be allowed into our food if they are harmful, and rightly so, all food preservative and colors and so forth have all gone thru a strict approval process in the various countries, however, it is still a right to know what exactly it is that we are eating.

The many e numbers you read on the labels are code numbers used to identify food additives that have been shown to be safe and has officially been approved for the use in the food products in order for the product to stay “fresh” longer, to enhance the taste and make it colorful.

The e numbers are numbered into groups where for example all the E-numbers in the E 100 series are colors, the E 200 series are the preservatives and the E 300 series antioxidants, E 400 series are thickeners and stabilizers, E 500 series anti caking agents and finally the E 600 series flavor enhancers. The less harmful group is the E300 series as that is the antioxidant, which is good for us, but the remaining E groups we can sure live without. Anyway, have a look at the labels next time you go shopping and you will be surprised how much preservatives and chemicals are added to our food.

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Originally posted 2017-08-12 08:10:00.    Send article as PDF   

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