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Artificial Ingredients & Why We Choose To Avoid Them!

Food additives are substances added to foods to perform a range of specific function such as improving taste, texture, appearance or increasing its shelf life. Naturally, increasing the shelf life of a product may potentially result in higher sales and thus profits. However, increasing number of studies have found that there is a link between food additives and a number of health concerns including cancer and Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Put simply, this is exactly why we’d rather avoid them. This means the shelf life of our products may be lower than those that do contain artificial preservatives, however, on the flip side, we’re confident and happy that our products are more natural and healthier.

Food additives are categorised as follows:

Natural Additives – Some natural food additives have been in use for centuries for preservation; these include salt (to preserve sliced vegetables), vinegar (preserving food by pickling) and sugar (in marmalade). Other Natural additives are substances found naturally in a foodstuff which are extracted from one food to be used in another. For example, citric acid is an organic acid most abundantly found in citrus fruit. It has been used in foods for more than 100 years as a preservative, a sour flavoring, or an emulsifying agent. Another example would be beetroot juice which can be used to color other foods such as sweets.

Nature Identical Additives – In simple terms, man-made copies of substances that occur naturally in food. For example, The isolation and extraction of citric acid from Citrus fruits can be a very expensive process, thus to save on costs, manufacturers commercially produce it from a chemical process. This process includes feeding simple carbohydrates to Aspergillus niger mold and then processing the resulting fermented compound, often by using calcium hydroxide and sulfuric acid.

Artificial Additives – These compounds are not naturally present in foods and are formed entirely through a chemical process by human agency, as opposed to those of natural origin. Examples include Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) and azodicarbonamide.

While there is little evidence that natural preservatives – when used in moderation – are bad for personal health, there is however strong evidence that Nature Identical and Artificial additives are responsible for a number of health concerns including cancer and Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

According to World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), nitrites and nitrates which are used as preservatives in processed meat such as ham, bacon and chorizo are linked with cancer.

According to the National Health Service (NHS), “Research has found a possible link between certain artificial colors used in food and problems with hyperactivity in children. If your child is hyperactive, or has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), there’s some evidence to suggest that avoiding [artificial] food colors may help.”

Further readings:
NHS – Avoid additives, but which ones?
BBC – Are E numbers really bad for you?
The Guardian – Danger to children from food and drink additives is exposed.
Evening Standard – New research reveals today the full dangers of additives in our food and drink.
The Daily Mail – The proof food additives ARE as bad as we feared.
The Daily Mail – Just how dangerous are those E numbers?
The Telegraph – Food additives deemed safe in the UK have been linked to cancer, allergic reactions, asthma and a host of other ailments.
The Telegraph – Parents warned about artificial food additives.
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