Most food additives such as preservatives, colorings and flavorings are not healthy for us. They are artificial...do you really want to eat something that is artificial? Did you know they put food coloring in pickles? The producers want them to look better in hopes we will buy more.
So how do you go about finding artificial stuff in your foods. First and foremost read labels. Some preservatives to watch out for are EDTA, BHT, sodium nitrate/nitrite.
My children ages 10 and 14 even know how to read labels. We go down the cereal aisle at the grocery store and they look at ingredients on the side of the box and will know what mom's answer will be before they even ask if they can have it.
Commercials on TV tempt them but they know mom is trying to keep them healthy. Once I tell them that an ingredient is bad and why - guess what - they don't even want the cereal.
A lot of research has been done that connects ADD and ADHD to the consumption of artificial food preservatives and additives.
EDTA - This is a preservation that is made from two chemicals that are carcinogens: formaldehyde and sodium cyanide. It can get right into your bloodstreamby breaking down the protective barrier that your skin provides.
Parabens - or anything ending in paraben. It behaves like estrogen inyour body which can easily throw off your hormone balance. They have also been know to accumulate in breast tumors that are cancerous.
BHT/BHA - carcinogenic.
There are many more but too exhaustive to list. So follow this:
Here’s what one of my source books reports about the dye used in many food products.
"FD&C Yellow No. 6 (Sunset yellow) -- This has been shown to cause allergic reactions such as hives, rhinitis (runny nose), and nasal congestion. It appeared to cause tumors of the kidney and adrenal glands in rats, and it may be carcinogenic. FDA reviewed studies on rats and believes that this color is safe to use. The color is banned in Norway and Sweden. It has been used in sausages, candy, gelatin, and baked goods."
If you are interested in learning more about chemicals added to your food and preservatives, here are wonderful resources that you can use to guide you.