A few facts about food additives *
This is not a secret for anybody; what we eat is filled with food additives. We eat them on a daily basis whether we know it or not. Scientists from all around the world have and are still questioning the effects of these food additives. It appeared that some of them were actually harmless to our bodies, while others weren’t so healthy. It is therefore up to you to choose the right products, do not just go with the flow picking up the products you are being provided with in your grocery stores. You have to go beyond this basic approach. Maybe you were already contemplating this idea, but you did not have the proper tools to put it into practice, so I’m going to change this now.
Let’s start by a short history class. Did you know that humans were already using food additives thousands of years ago? Studies have shown that ancient Egyptians were actually using yeast for the leavening of bread and the fermentation of alcoholic beverages all that time ago. Also, Roman soldiers were partly paid in salt, a well-known food preservative, hence the word salary (salarium in Latin). This goes to show us how important they already were back then, so do not be surprised if they are still being used today.
But what makes these food additives so important that they were able to pass through the ages? You may wonder. The reason is very simple; they are pretty useful. Think about a person living in Uzbekistan. They could have never got a taste of Scottish salmon if it was not for food additives. Indeed, for instance, using moisture retainers allows the organoleptic characteristics of the product to remain intact, which obviously comes in handy when it comes to transporting fresh fish over long distances. Such food additives can be found at pH7 (and they are phosphate and carbonate-free!).
You are starting to get more familiar with this topic, right? But here’s another thing you need to know if you are trying to change your way of consuming. Just take a look at the labels behind the products. You may find some weird codes called “E-Numbers”. They are mainly used in Europe (which is the word the “E” stands for). The number following this letter is referring to a chemical, for instance the code E301 stands for the antioxidant sodium ascorbate. So, you might want to take a look at these codes, especially if you know that you may be allergic to one of them. This way, you will be able to select only the products containing harmless food additives.
This is quite a serious matter, so even if you feel like checking the labels every time you are going grocery shopping is tedious, you should make the effort, because it could be what’s best for you. Your body will appreciate the gesture.