Additives to Avoid

These numbers can be harmful to your health 
 
<STRONG>Aspartame 951A</STRONG><BR>Purpose: Chemical sweetener widely used in diet soft drinks<BR>Side Effects: Not safe for people suffering from phenylketonuria (PKU). May cause migraines. <P><STRONG>Benzoates 210, 211, 212, 213, 216, 218</STRONG><BR>Purpose: Sodium benzoate is used as a preservative in margarine, pickles, jams, soft drinks and fruit juices. Benzoic acid is found in flavourings such as chocolate added to beverages and sweets.<BR>Side Effects: May cause adverse effects in sensitive people, especially hyperactive children.</P><P><STRONG>Tertiary butylhydroquinone 319</STRONG><BR>Purpose: Petroleum-derived antioxidant used in fast foods and baking sprays, and to spray food packing to prevent change and rancidity.<BR>Side Effects: May cause adverse effects in sensitive people, especially hyperactive children.</P><P><STRONG>Colourings 102, 107, 110, 122, 123, 124, 127, 129, 132, 133, 142, 151, 155, 160b</STRONG><BR>Purpose: These add colour, provide uniform colour or restore original colour to a wide range of foods.<BR>Side Effects: May cause hyperactivity in sensitive children, and a range of allergic reactions such as skin rashes and more serious conditions like breathing problems.</P><P><STRONG>Disodium 5\'-ribonucleotides 635</STRONG><BR>Purpose: Flavour enhancer known as the \"new MSG,\" it can be added to foods stating \"no MSG\".<BR>Side Effects: May cause effects in sensitive people</P><P><STRONG>Monosodium glutamate (MSG) 621</STRONG><BR>Purpose: Flavour enhancer used in many foods, including bottled Chinese sauces.<BR>Side Effects: Unsuitable for pregnant women, infants and children, and for asthmatics. May cause reactions such as nausea and headaches in sensitive individuals.</P><P><STRONG>Nitrates 249, 250 251, 252</STRONG><BR>Purpose: Preservatives and curing agents commonly used in preserved and luncheon meats.<BR>Side Effects: May cause adverse effects in sensitive people, especially hyperactive children.</P><P><STRONG>Sulphites 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 228</STRONG><BR>Purpose: Preservatives used to prevent dried fruit from desiccation and stiffening; and used to preserve frozen potatoes and wine.<BR>Side Effects: May cause allergic reation in senstive people. </P>
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