Food Additives Meant to Help May Actual Harm You

A Best Health article lists the facts about 10 food additives

Best Health shares a list of 10 food additives that could be unhealthy.
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Best Health shares a list of 10 food additives that could be unhealthy.

Weight management foods like yogurts, soft drinks, and gum can contain some wacky ingredients that many dieters wouldn’t ever consider putting in their body, regardless of how much weight it could help them lose.

Best Health offers a list of 10 food additives people may be eating that have potential health risks. Of the 10 food additives on the list, nine show possible cancer connections, including tumors, lymphomas, and leukemia, with some indicating potential links to diabetes and heart disease.

See What Additives Are in Your Favorite Foods

Aspartame: Aspartame is a commonly known sugar substitute that has caused controversy since its widespread use began in the early 1970s. The sweetener is used in place of sugar in gums, soft drinks, and some desserts to help cut calories.

Studies have suggested that aspartame may be more harmful than it is beneficial, according to the Best Health article. Aspartame has been linked to brain tumors, lymphomas, and breast cancer, but aspartame isn’t the only chemical concern for consumers.

See Guide to Alternative Sweeteners

Acesulfame-potassium: Acesulfame-potassium, also known as acesulfame-K, is also used as a replacement for sugar. Acesulfame-potassium is often used in baked desserts, gum, and energy drinks. The additive is 200 times sweeter than sugar, but adverse effects in two animal studies documented by the journal Environmental Health Perpectives suggest that it could be cancer-causing.

Erythrosine: The artificial dye erythrosine, which is used to give cherries in fruit cocktails, baked desserts, and candy a more luscious red hue, has caused significant controversy since the 1980s. Studies some 30 years ago presented evidence that the dye, also called Artificial Red 3, caused thyroid tumors in laboratory rats, but continues to be widely used today according to Best Health.

The Best Health story shows that what we put in our bodies may cause more trouble than the benefit of losing five pounds is worth.

Sean Flynn is a Junior Writer for The Daily Meal.  Follow him on Twitter @BuffaloFlynn

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RLM357's picture

Why show a photo of a Carton of Soy Milk and not explain why ? Awhile ago, it was suggested as better and safer than Milk. ~Rick Magee, FL

RichMurray's picture

methanol from aspartame, wood and cigarette smoke, and many sources is
made by ADH1 enzyme into formaldehyde within cells inside walls of
human blood vessels, harming adjacent tissues, the WC Monte paradigm:
Rich Murray 2012.06.20

See WC Monte's two 1-hour video lectures May 2012 .

The 200 mg aspartame in a 12-oz can of aspartame drink is 11% by
weight methanol, 22 mg, which is soon released from the GI tract into
the blood, where quickly any tissues with high levels of the ADH1
enzyme within the cells of blood capillary walls and adjacent tissues,
especially liver, kidney, brain, retina, etc., in humans only, turn
the methanol into formaldehyde within these cells, which, being highly
reactive, quickly binds with and disables DNA, RNA, and proteins
inside the cells, causing cell death, attracting macrophages (white
blood cells), which also die, creating durable, cumulative, evolving
complex micro lesions.

This affects the fetus, as well, or not so well...

So, there are many resulting novel modern "diseases of civilization"
in humans only, for each type of damaged tissue, including
Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, lupus, arthritis, the birth defects
spina bifida, autism, and Asperger's, many specific cancers, and
chronic ailments of liver, kidney, heart, lung, joint, skin, muscle,

The Monte methanol/formaldehyde toxicity paradigm MMFTP is backed by
740 references, given free online as full pdf texts by Prof. (retired
2004, Arizona State University, Nutrition and Food Sciences) Woodrow
C. Monte,, along with his 2012 January 240
page text "While Science Sleeps", with two free chapters on "Autism and
Other Birth Defects", and "Multiple Sclerosis", and free full earlier
articles and references on MMFTP.

Other methanol/formaldehyde sources include wood, peat and cigarette
smoke, some fresh coffees, fermented and smoked foods, fruits juices
vegetables heated in sealed jars and cans, some dark wines and
liquors, bacteria in the colon, genetic flaws in metabolism, vehicle
fumes, leaky fossil fuel stoves and heaters, processed wood products
of all kinds, mobile homes, old Ditto type purple ink mimeograph
duplicating machines in schools and offices, chemical biology autopsy
mortuary facilities, heated wood in particleboard, pressed wood and
paper factories, and many personal care cleaners and products...

methanol/formaldehyde paradigm for multiple sclerosis, free full 56
page chapter 9 pdf, While Science Sleeps, 146 full text references
online, Prof. Woodrow C. Monte: Rich Murray 2012.03.20

Aspartame: The hidden danger [methanol/formaldehyde] in our midst and
how it kills us, 12 page review of While Science Sleeps text (Woodrow
C Monte), International Health News, whole June issue, Editor: William
R Ware PhD: Rich Murray 2012.06.08
free full text pdf 16 pages

Fwd: Aspartame Submission from Prof. Woodrow C. Monte to EFSA: While
Science Sleeps: A Sweetener Kills 241 p -- Ch 12 Autism and other
Birth Defects 26 p -- 740 references full pdfs: Rich Murray 2011.11.03

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