Preservatives and colourings are used in most of our food.
AVOID THESE ADDITIVES
The chemicals below are only a small part of the many different chemicals that are found in every day food and produce we eat.
If you and your Family want to stay healthy,
READ the lables carefully before you buy anything.
Number, Type, Chemical Name, Origin, Possible Human side effects, Food Types
102 Colouring, Tartrazine Synthetic, azo dye. People can be very intolerant to
Salicylates (aspirin, berries, fruits). In combination with benzoates
(E210-213), tartrazine is implicated in a large percentage of cases of
ADHD syndrome (hyperactivity) in children. Asthmatics may also experience
symptoms following consumption of tartrazine, as it is a known
histamine-liberating agent. Confectionery, fruit juice cordials, soft drinks, canned fruit, canned peas, brown sauces, pickles and flavoured pie fillings.
110 Colouring, Sunset Yellow FCF Synthetic coal tar & azo dye.
Hypersensitivity in aspirin-sensitive people, producing urticaria (nettle
rash), swelling of skin, gastric upset, vomiting. Fruit juice cordials,
packet rifle mix, hot chocolate mix, packet soup and confectionery.
122 Colouring, Azorubine (Carmoisine) Synthetic, azo dye. Can produce
adverse reactions in sensitive people - aspirin allergy or asthmatics.
Reactions include nettle rash and oedema. Jelly crystals, confectionery,
pre-packaged sponge fillings, pre-packages Swiss roll, marzipan, brown
123 Colouring, Amaranth Synthetic coal tar & azo dye. Possible connection to
malignant tumours. Package cake, trifle mix, jelly crystals,
124 Colouring, Ponceau 4R Synthetic coal tar & azo dye. Azo dye to be
avoided by asthmatics & aspirin-sensitive people. Desert toppings, canned
strawberries, packet cheesecake, cake mix, trifle mix, jelly crystals.
127 Colouring, Erythrosine Synthetic iodine-containing red dye. Increased
hyperactivity has been reported in a few cases, as well as a possible
connection with mutative activity. Erythrosine causes an increased
photosensitivity in people with sensitivity to sunlight. In high
concentrations erythrosine interferes with iodine metabolism. Thyroid
gland. Glace cherries, scotch eggs, biscuits, custard mix, canned
cherries, rhubarb, strawberries.
132 Colouring, Indigotine Synthetic coal tar dye. Avoid if history of
allergy. May cause vomiting or nausea, high blood pressure. Biscuits,
200 Preservative, Sorbic acid. Synthetically manufactured for commercial use
from ketene. Possible skin irritant. Almost every food
product. Sausages, yoghurt , confectionery , lemonade, cheese, rye bread,
cakes , pizza, shellfish, lemon juice, wine, cider and soups.
210 Preservative, Benzoic acid Chemical synthesis. Asthmatics & nettle-rash
sensitive people should avoid. Reported to be responsible for neurological
disorders. Cordial, chilli paste, brewed soft drinks, fruit juice,
non-dairy dips & non-canned tomato juice.
211 Preservative, Sodium benzoate. Sodium salt of benzoic acid. Combined with
102 can exacerbate allergic reactions in asthmatics or people with
sensitive skin. as above.
212 Preservative, Potassium benzoate, Potassium salt of benzoic acid.
Inadvisable for asthmatics or those allergic to aspirin, As above.
213 Preservative, Calcium benzoate, Calcium salt of benzoic acid. Can cause
adverse reactions in asthmatics & aspirin-sensitive people. Fruit juice
cordials, flavoured cordials, soft drinks, fish marinades.
220 Preservative, Sulphur dioxide. Produced by combustion of sulphur. May
cause gastric irritation and Headaches. Can precipitate an asthma attack. Fruit juices,
cider, low-kilojoule jam, mixed dried fruit, dehydrated peas, cordials,
syrups, flavoured toppings, pickles.
221 Preservative, Sodium sulphite, Sodium salt of sulphurous acid - stops
browning of potatoes, etc. To be avoided by those with impaired kidneys or
liver. Can cause skin & gastric irritations, diarrhoea. As above &
uncooked prawns & shrimps, bread enhancer.
222 Preservative, Sodium bisulphite, Sodium salt of sulphurous acid -
preservative for alcoholic beverages. To be avoided by asthmatics & those
with impaired organs. reduces thiamine content. As above.
223 Preservative, Sodium metabisulphite, Commercially manufactured. Known to
cause allergic skin reactions. Bread & flour products
224 Preservative, Potassium metabisulphite, Commercially manufactured. May
cause allergic skin reactions and gastric irritation. Fruit juices, cider,
low-kilojoule jam, mixed dried fruit, dehydrated peas, cordials, syrups,
flavoured toppings, pickles.
249 Preservative, Potassium nitrite, Curing agent - potassium salt of
nitrous acid. Nitrites can affect the blood's ability to transport oxygen,
causing breathing difficulties, headaches. Not permitted in foods for
children. Corned, cured, pickled, manufactured & pressed salt meats.
250 Preservative, Sodium nitrite, Manufactured from sodium nitrate. May
cause breathing difficulties & headaches. Canned, manufactured, cured &
251 Preservative, Sodium nitrate, Natural mineral. As above. Forms small
amounts of nitrosamines. Hazardous poison; possible carcinogenic.
Slow-dried meat, prosciutto ham & manufactured meat.
252 Preservative, Potassium nitrate, Manufactured from waste - animal or
vegetable material. Anaemia, kidney inflammation, vomiting, muscular
weakness. As above.
282 Preservative, Calcium propionate. Occurs naturally in Swiss cheese.
Irritability, restlessness, inattention and sleep disturbance Bread &
283 Preservative, Potassium propionate. Occurs naturally in fermented foods.
None recorded to date. Bread & flour products.
311 Anti-Oxidant, Octyl gallate. Obtained by acid or alkaline hydrolysis.
Not permitted in foods intended for infants. May cause adverse reactions
in asthmatics & aspirin-sensitive people. Edible fats, spreads, lard,
dripping & margarine.
312 Anti-Oxidant, Dodecyl gallate. Obtained by acid or alkaline hydrolysis.
May cause problems in asthmatics & aspirin-sensitive people. Edible fats,
margarine, salad oils & essential oils.
321 Anti-Oxidant, Butylated hydroxytoluene. Synthetic preparation for use
with petroleum & rubber products. Has been linked to reproductive failures
(high doses in experimental animals ) Food by absorption from food
wrapping. Also Pecan & walnut kernels.
620 Glutamates (inc. MSG) Flavour enhancer L-Glutamic acid. Commercially
produced from carbohydrates solution of bacterium. Inadvisable for
children. See MSG below. Contains gluten Low-sodium salt substitutes.
621 Glutamates (inc. MSG) Flavour enhancer Monosodium glutamate. Commonly
found in plant & animal tissue, Sodium salt of glutamic acid known as
glutamates. In susceptible adults it causes vomiting, dizziness,
headaches. Animal experiments show brain damage. Not permitted in foods
manufactured for children & infants. Occurs in sauces, packet soups, quick
soups, flavoured noodles, condiments.
622 Glutamates (inc. MSG) Flavour enhancer, Monopotassium L-glutamate
Synthetic. May cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea & abdominal cramps.
Low-sodium & salt substitutes