Most Dangerous Food Additives

Our food safety regulator doesnt ever create awareness about dangerous food additives that are there in various foods including bread, icecream, candies, biscuits, mints. Cant these products be created without such additives FSSAI??

1) High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS):This increases your low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels (or bad cholesterol levels) and contributes to the development of diabetes.

2) Artificial Sweeteners: Aspartame is the believed to be by far the most dangerous food additive in the market today. Symptoms attributed to these sweeteners include severe headaches, nausea, vertigo, slurred speech, memory loss, blindness, ringing in the ears, loss or change of taste. The major selling point of sweeteners is as a diet aid - yet ironically research suggests that these sugar substitutes make little difference in the battle of the bulge. Avoid artificial sweeteners and switch to alternative forms of sugar like honey, jaggery, etc.

3) Monosodium Glutamate (MSG): Used as a flavor enhancer, MSG has excitotoxin, a substance that can over excite and damage cells.

4) Transfats: Numerous studies show that transfats increase LDL cholesterol levels and increase the risk of heart attacks, heart disease and strokes.

5) Common Food Dyes: Artificial colourings may contribute to behavioural problems in children and have been implicated in significant reduction in IQ.

6) Sodium Sulphite: This is a preservative used in processed foods people who are sulphite sensitive can experience headaches, breathing problems and rashes.

7) Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BAH) and Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT): BHA & BHT are preservatives that affect the neurological system, alter behaviour and have the potential to cause cancer.

8) Sulphur Dioxide: Sulphur additives are toxic and in the USA they have been prohibited in raw fruit & vegetables. Adverse reactions include bronchial problems, low blood pressure and anaphylactic shock. The processing of white sugar also leaves sulphur residue behind. Choose sulphur-free white sugar if you prefer the refined variety.

9) Potassium Bromate: An additive that is used to increase volume in some bread. It is known to cause cancer in animals and even small amount can create problems in humans.

The potential health risks of these chemical ingredients are amplified by the fact that no one knows what happens when they are all combined into the chemical cocktail that most people consume daily. more  

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Are there BIS standards for these additives? more  
At regular intervals, the Local Circle receives posts on food additives in almost all food products including various soft drinks available in the country. It is difficult to believe that our government and the respective regulatory bodies are unaware of these issues & facts but surprisingly they have become silent spectators and stooges of the multi-national companies who are just playing ducks and drakes with the lives of our people for their own interest. In the same time, it is also surprising that our people are consuming such adulterated and intoxicated products without care and fear and our average life span is on increase, which is almost above 75 now as against earlier 60 years! more  
FSSAI goes by the GRAS( GENERALLY REGARDED AS SAFE), while permitting ADDITIVES and PRESERVATVES. They also fix a limit to these additives, But the enforcement LABS, either do not bothere to CHECK these limits or donot have facilities to test, This trend is DEPLORABLE more  
General public is not aware of these things, hence it is the responsibilities of FSSAI to alert the public or restrict such foods. more  
Indian Govt has created a Big Deptt to inspect and handle these issues. What are these Overpaid Govt Employeees Doing - NOTHING?. They are too busy collecting bribes to cover up misdeeds of perpetrators and culprits and let us Citizen suffer the consequences due to their laxity. How to make these deptt officials and Inspectors more responsible and legally liable to prosecution for failing to their duties?? more  
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