What Are Some Dangers of Food Additives and Preservatives?


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Food additives and preservatives are known to cause health dangers such as lymphoma, seizures, diabetes, migraines and multiple sclerosis. Parkinson's, mental confusion, Alzheimer's, nausea and fibromyalgia are other known dangers of food additives and preservatives. The list of food additive dangers goes on to include headaches, dizziness, chronic fatigue, anxiety attacks and emotional disorders.

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Artificial sweeteners, such as Acesulfame-K and Aspartame, are the most dangerous food additives. Found in sugar-free or diet foods and drinks such as diet sodas, breath mints, table sweeteners, baked goods and sugar-free gum, artificial sweeteners are very common. Aspartame and Acesulfame-K are both thought to be carcinogenic.

Sodium Sulfite is the most dangerous food preservative. Typically used to make wine and highly processed foods such as dried fruits, Sodium Sulfite causes allergic reactions in one in 100 people. These reactions vary from headaches and skin rashes to cardiac arrest and closed airways.

Sodium Nitrate is a preservative and coloring additive that is used most frequently in ham, bacon, corned beef, lunch meats and smoked fish. This dangerous chemical makes processed meats turn an appealing, bright red color. Sodium Nitrate is a highly carcinogenic additive, and causes serious damage to major organs such as the pancreas and liver.

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