It has long been accepted that eating foods which contain some E number additives can carry risks. There have been reports that some colour E numbers, for example, are not good for children. The addition of an additive which for instance turns a sweet or candy a vivid orange may be pleasing on the eye but hardly good for health.
Other E number additives extend the shelf life of processed foods and have some positive effects. In the case of bacon, adding the appropriate E Number additives prevents the meat becoming contaminated with deadly Botulism.
The problem is that there are varying ideas about additives around the world. You may find that you are consuming additive laden food which would be classed safe in one country and not another. Each country has its own theory on the effects of additives or as they are often called E Numbers. Each country also has its own list of banned E Numbers,
Whilst what you can do is limited, there are some simple ways of improving the quality of what you eat. In an ideal world you would farm your own foods and eat only them. Hardly practical in 21st Century city living though.
Aim to know what you eat. Avoid eating too many processed foods. Cut back on these as much as you can. Check the label on any such foods that you buy. If the label has few ingredients and simply a myriad of numbers leave it on the supermarket shelf. Some products have E Numbers added to improve the taste of foods. Without the E numbers the so called food stuff could be dismal.
There is plenty of advice on-line regarding food additives. Read more than one source for a fair, unbiased cross section. Look for the most current articles available. New additives are being introduced all the time. Do not get E Number obsessed. It is more about being aware and protecting your health when possible. Additives could however be one of the reasons that we are seeing an increase in childhood asthma and the like.
Overall though the ongoing introduction of new E Number additives could go some way to partly explain why health advice changes so often. A food in essence could be perfectly safe to consume until it has a new E Number added. Then it could be a potential killer.
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