Some food additives can have hazardous effects on the health of
children. Read to learn about the harmful food additives and foods that contain
Food additives are used to make food items
tastier. Adding additives to various food items definitely enhance the looks
and flavor of these items but it is important to find out if these additives
have any harmful effects on the health of people who consume it. This article
describes about harmful food additives that kids should avoid eating.
Foods that have artificial sweeteners must be
avoided by kids. Such sweeteners can increase the risk of cancer and can cause
health hazards like diabetes, sclerosis, nausea, headaches and emotional
disorders like dizziness, anxiety symptoms and depression. Such sweeteners are
used in breath mints, coke, ice tea, toothpaste, vitamin tablets.
Monosodium Glutamate or MSG
MSG is a very commonly used food additive that
is used in chips, soups, frozen food, and salad dressings. This is an amino acid that is used to add flavour to various
food items. When food items with MSG are consumed on regular basis it leads to
health problems like headaches, eye problems, depression, obesity and fatigue.
MSG is a must to use ingredient for Chinese foods.
Sodium nitrate, is used in processes meats, hot
dogs, ham, bacon and lunch meats. This additive adds flavour and colour to the
meat and helps in its preservation by obstructing the bacterial growth. Consuming food items with sodium nitrite for a
prolonged period is harmful for the kids as it is carcinogenic when it becomes
part of the digestive system of humans. Sodium nitrite cause harm to the liver
and pancreas and that is why it is important that kids avoid eating food items
that have sodium nitrite.
Trans Fat is used in many fast foods especially the ones that are deep fried. Usage of Trans Fat keeps the
food products fresh by increasing their shelf life. Trans Fat decreases the
level of HDL cholesterol or good cholesterol by increasing the level of LDL
cholesterol or bad cholesterol. Increase in LDL increases the risk of diabetes
and kids may become obese which lead to many other health hazards. As Trans Fat
is found in chips, crackers, baked items, margarine and other fast foods, kids
must have restricted consumption of such food items.
BHA and BHT
BHA or Butylated hydro-xyanisole and BHT or
Butylated hydroxytoluene are additives found in chewing gum, cereals, vegetable
oils, candies, frozen sausages, jello and potato chips. When this additive is
used in food items, the colour and flavour of the food item remain as it is but
it is better for the kids to avoid food items where BHA and BHT are used. BHA
and BHT increase the risk of cancer and can also affect nervous system causing
behaviour alteration and improper brain functioning.
Sulphur Dioxide is used in soft drink, juices, dried fruits, vinegar, wine, potato products and beer. Sulphur Dioxide is toxic and
prolonged use of this food additive can increase the risk of asthma,
anaphylactic shock, and low blood pressure. Any food item that contains this
additive should be strictly avoided by kids as it destroys vitamin E and B1.
Many food items that kids consume have got
artificial food dyes. Consumption of food items that contain artificial food
dyes lead to behavioural problems in kids and can affect the IQ of the kids. It
also increases the chances of cancer. Blue #1 and Blue #2 dyes that are used in
soft drinks, candies, sport drinks cause chromosomal defects. Red Dye #3 and
Red Dye #40 are used in candy, baked items, ice cream, fruit cocktail and can
lead to improper brain functioning. Yellow #6 and Yellow Tartrazine used in
candy, macaroni, candy, and lemonade are also harmful as they cause kidney
problems and chromosomal defects.
As food additives cause different types of health hazards, food items that
contain these additives must not be consumed by kids at all or their
consumption should be restricted.
Which food items contain harmful food
additives? What kinds of food additives are unsafe for children? What are the
effects of food additives on the development of children? Discuss here.
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