7 February, 2019
An Interesting Look at the Impact of Food Additives on Food SafetyPosted in : Uncategorized on by : leslita
Do certain chemical additives cause food safety to be compromised?
With over 15,000 synthetic chemicals unnaturally inserted into the food
we eat every day, it is difficult to fully understand the impact certain
additives may have on our health. Are these additives necessary, or is
their use influenced solely by economics and the rapid expiration of
certain foods that are not initially treated? By definition, a food
additive is a substance supplementing foods which is added by the
manufacturers in order to preserve and lengthen the “shelf-life” of the
food, or to improve its taste, appearance, or nutritional value. A
common additive is flavoring, such as vanilla extract, or a sweetener
such as Aspartame. Additives are generally listed along with the other
ingredients of a packaged food, and are regulated by the federal
Artificial coloring (chemical dye) is a food additive
which has long been suspected to play a part in the manifestation of
certain cancers. As a result, some artificial colorings have been banned
by the FDA and just recently, a group called the Center for Science in
the Public Interest (CSPI) has reported that several synthetic dyes used
mainly for making food seem more appealing has been approved for use in
the United States, but has yet to be tested and proved to be harmless.
Chemical dyes do not contribute to food safety or to the nutritional
health of an individual whatsoever. In addition, some clinical studies
report that these artificial dyes may detrimentally affect the behavior
of children, specifically their attention and concentration abilities.
Food dyes are primarily intended to make children-oriented food appear
more attractive to them, such as the blue dye used in popsicles, or the
brown dye in chocolate icing. Experts note that levels of artificial
coloring have been rising over the past decade, but so far, the FDA has
not implemented an investigation into the possible carcinogenic
properties of chemical dyes.
Caffeine is considered a naturally
occurring food additive, unlike artificial coloring which is man-made.
Found in coffee, tea, and cocoa, caffeine is a stimulant inducing a
slight elevation in blood pressure (depending on how much you ingest),
causes dilation of certain blood vessels, and encourages the
over-secretion of acids in the stomach, which may contribute to the
onset of peptic ulcers. Used in moderation, however, caffeine is not
considered harmful, and may actually be beneficial by increasing
alertness and promoting mood elevation. However, when caffeine levels
are maintained at a high level in the body, extreme nervousness, rapid
heartbeat, insomnia, and even reproductive problems can affect the
individual. Children’s physiology is especially influenced by too much
caffeine, which can make them hyperactive, irritable, and nauseous.
Since it is addictive, caffeine withdrawal, especially when an
individual has become accustomed to keeping large amounts in his or her
system for a long time, can cause headaches, sore muscles, and
irritability. However, the regulated use of caffeine mixed with aspirin
by migraine sufferers has proved to be exceptionally helpful because of
caffeine’s ability to dilate constricted blood vessels, which is the
main cause of migraines.