Food Additives- Dangerous Chemicals in Food Products (Important)

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Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) under Ministry of Health & Family Welfare apprizes strict norms regarding standards of food products & additives to be used in food products to ensure safety of these products.

Food Additives
  • Food addictive are used for centuries to enhance appearance & flavor of food & increase shelf life.
  • Some Food addictive are worse than others. Here is list of food additives to avoid.
10 Worst Food Ingredients

Artificial Sweeteners

  • Aspartame, more popularly known as NutraSweet & Equal, is found in ‘diet’ or ‘sugar-free’ labeled foods.
  • Aspartame is neurotoxin & carcinogen. It is known to erode intelligence & affect short-term memory.
  • Components of toxic sweetener may lead to ailments including brain tumor, diseases like diabetes, Alzheimer՚s, chronic fatigue, emotional disorders like depression & anxiety attacks.
  • Found in sugar free sodas, diet coke, coke zero, jello, desserts, sugar-free gum, cereal, ice-tea, toothpaste

High Fructose Corn Syrup

  • HFCS is highly refined artificial sweetener.
  • HFCS increases LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.
  • Founds in bread, candy, flavored yogurts, salad dressings, canned vegetables, cereals

Monosodium Glutamate

  • MSG is amino acid used as flavor in soups, chips, frozen entrees.
  • MSG known as excitotoxin.
  • MSG adverse side effect include depression, disorientation, eye damage, fatigue, headaches & obesity.
  • Found in Chinese food chips, coockies, seasonings, frozen dinners & lunch meats.

Trans Fat

  • Found in deep-fried fast foods & certain food made with margarine or hydrogenated vegetables oils, trans fats are formed by process called hydrogenation.
  • Increase risk of Heart Attacks, Heart diseases & strokes.
  • Found in margarine, chips, & crackers, baked goods, fast foods.

Common Food Dyes

  • Blue 1 & 2 banned in Norway, Finland, France. May cause chromosomal damage. Found in candy, soft drinks, sports, pet foods.
  • Red dye 3 cause thyroid, cancer, chromosomal damage in laboratory animals. Found in fruit cocktail, maraschino cherries, ice cream, bakery products.
  • Yellow 6 cause kidney & adrenal gland tumors in laboratory animals, chromosomal damage. Found in macaroni & cheese, American cheese, lemonade.

Sodium Sulfite

  • Preservative used in winemaking and other processed foods.
  • It cause asthmatic problems, headaches, breathing problems, and rashes.
  • Found in wine and dried fruit

Sodium Nitrate

  • Sodium nitrate is used as a preservative, coloring, and flavoring in bacon, ham, hot dogs, lunch meats, corned beef, smoked fish and other processed meats.


  • Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) are found in cereals, chewing gum, potato chips, and vegetable oils.
  • Affects the neurological system of the brain, alters behavior and has a potential to cause cancer.
  • Found in potato chips, gum, cereal, frozen sausages, enriched rice, lard, shortening, candy, jello.

Sulfur Dioxide

  • Adverse reactions include bronchial problems in those prone to asthma, hypotension, flushing, tingling sensations or anaphylactic shock.
  • It also destroys vitamins B1 and E.
  • Found in beer, soft drinks, dried fruit, juices, cordials, wine, vinegar, and potato products.

Potassium Bromate

  • Known to cause cancer in animals.
  • Found in bread.

Limits on Food Addictives by FSSAI

  • Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2011 prescribe limits for contaminants, toxins and pesticides/insecticides/antibiotic residues for the different food categories.
  • Food Business Operator has to ensure compliance of Food Safety and Standards Act and Rules and Regulations made thereunder so that the processed products, including baby food products, are safe for consumption.
  • The provisions of the Act do not apply to any farmer or fisherman or farming operations or crops or livestock or aquaculture.
  • Regular surveillance, monitoring, inspection and random sampling of food products are undertaken by the officials of Food Safety Departments

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)

  • FSSAI was established on September, 2008 under Food Safety & Standards Act, 2006.
  • FSSAI՚s headquarters is at New Delhi. Authority has 6 regional offices also located at Delhi, Guwahati, Mumbai, Kolkata, Cochin & Chennai.
  • Aims of FSSAI are to:
    • Lay down science-based standards for articles of food
    • To regulate manufacture, storage, distribution, sale & import for food
    • To facilitate food safety

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