“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap."
It plagues me to think of all the wide varieties of food that make our lives easier. Sadly, these same foods wreck havoc on our spouses and children's digestive and immune systems leaving them with allergies, food sensitivities, and invisible illnesses. These items that are supposed to make life easier for us do the direct opposite; instead they fill our lives with countless doctors, specialists, or teacher conferences discussing "questionable behavior". We feel at loss, vilified, taken advantage of by our own food industry, yet what steps do we take to counter this? Often none, because of the old adage, "Well, my child won't eat that healthy stuff." Yet, as parents, aren't we supposed to guide our children enticing correct behaviors? Sounds like we are being more compliant by "giving in" instead. And at what costs?
Take note of the following top 20 additives to avoid in your food:
Allura Food coloring in snacks, sauces, preserves, soups, wine, cider, etc. Avoid if you suffer from asthma, rhinitis (including hayfever), or urticaria (hives).
Amaranth Food coloring in wine, spirits, fish roe. Banned in the U.S. Avoid if you
suffer from asthma, rhinitis, urticaria or other allergies.
Aspartame Sweetener in snacks, sweets, alcohol, desserts, "diet" foods. May affect people with PKU (phenylketonuria). Recent reports show possibility of headaches, blindness, and seizures with long-term high doses of aspartame.
Benzoic acid Preservative in many foods, including drinks, low sugar products, cereals, meat products. Can temporarily inhibit the function of digestive enzymes. May deplete glycine levels. Avoid ifyou suffer from asthma, rhinitis, urticaria, or other allergies.
Brilliant Black, BN In drinks, sauces, snacks, wines, cheese, etc. Avoid if you suffer from asthma, rhinitis, urticaria, or other allergies.
Butylated Hydroxy-anisole, BHA Preservative, particularly in at-containing foods, confectionery, meats. The International Agency for Research on Cancer says BHA is possibly carcinogenic to humans. BHA also interacts with nitrites to form chemicals known to cause changes in the DNA of cells.
Calcium benzoate, Potassium benozoate Preservative in many foods, including drinks, low-sugar products, cereals, meat products. Can temporarily inhibit function of digestive enzymes and may deplete levels ofthe amino acid glycine. Should be avoided by those with hay fever, hives, and asthma.
Calcium sulphite Preservative in a vast array of foods- from burgers to biscuits, from frozen mushrooms to horseradish. Used to make old produce look fresh. In the U.S., sulphites are banned from many foods, including meat. They can cause bronchial problems, flushing, low blood pressure, tingling, and anaphylactic shock. The International Labour Organization says avoid them ifyou suffer from bronchial asthma, cardiovascular, or respiratory problems and emphysema.
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) Flavor enhancer. Has been known to cause pressure on the head, seizures, chest pains, headache, nausea, burning sensations, and
tightness of face. Many baby food producers have stopped adding MSG to their products.
Ponceau 4R, Conchineal Red A Food coloring. People who suffer from asthma, rhinitis or urticaria may find their symptoms become worse following consumption of foods containing this coloring.
Potassium nitrate Preservative in cured meats and canned meat products. It can lower the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood; it may combine with other substances to form nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic; and it may have an atrophying effect on the adrenal gland.
Propyl p-hydroxybenozoate, propylparaben, and paraben Preservative in cereals, snacks, pate, meat products, confectionery. Parabens have been identified as the cause of chronic dermatitis in numerous instances.
Saccharin & its Na, K and Ca salts Sweetener in diet, and no-sugar products. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has concluded that saccharin is possibly carcinogenic to humans.
Sodium metabisulphite Preservative and antioxidant. May provoke life-threatening asthma.
Sodium sulphite Preservative used in wine-making and other processed foods. Sulphites have been associated with triggering asthma attacks. Most asthmatics are sensitive to sulphites in food.
Stannous chloride (tin) Antioxidant and color-retention agent in canned and bottled foods, fruit juices. Acute poisoning has been reported from ingestion of fruit juices containing concentrations of tin greater than 250 mg per liter.
Sulphur dioxide Preservative. Sulphur dioxide reacts with a wide range of substances found in food, including various essential vitamins, minerals, enzymes and essential fatty acids. Adverse reactions: bronchial problems particularly in those prone to asthma, hypotension (low blood pressure), flushing tingling sensations or anaphylactic shock. International Labour Organization says to avoid E220 if you suffer from conjunctivitis, bronchitis, emphysema, bronchial asthma, or cardiovascular disease.
Sunset Yellow FCF, Orange Yellow S Food coloring. Some animal studies have indicated growth retardation and severe weight loss. People with asthma, rhinitis, or urticaria should avoid this product.
Tartrazine Yellow food coloring. May cause allergic reactions and asthmatic attacks and has been implicated in bouts of hyperactivity disorder in children. Those who suffer from asthma, rhinitis and urticaria may find symptoms worsen after consumption.
These additives list on the top 20 to avoid. There are a multitude of other additives and preservatives that you should investigate. But, this will get you started, ensuring you are reading your labels. One reoccurring issue is asthma and allergies. Does one of your family members have one of these conditions? Besides environmental factors, there is a good possibility the food he/she is ingesting is causing these factors. Unfortunately, you could be contributing to his/her ill health. Be on the look out! Don't be complacent as the Biblical quote states. Lest you reap what yoiu sow and that "trap" may close before you realize.
1. Read labels judiciously. I know it is difficult to rid your house of every product, but by making small changes each week your children will get used to new ideas and food choices.
2. Find where your local Farmer's Market is located. Often, produce is locally grown without pesticides.
3. Get your children involved in meal preparations. Most kids love to cook and will be more apt to eat it if they've prepared it.
4. Make your children conscious of their food choices! Share information on additives and pesticides and how it relates to their health. Teach them how to read food labels. You'll be surprised how involved they get especially if they are aware of the health hazards.