Preservatives are used to help to preserve the ingredients and enhance the quality of food throughout the centuries. Without the addition of certain additives some of the processed food would have been unsuitable for eating. These preservatives are useful for adding color to the food, prevent the food from becoming spoilt, prevent the oxidation deterioration of the food and also help to, improve the flavor.Here are some common facts about food preservatives.

The Ugly Truth about Preservatives

Asthama suffers tend to display a significant amount of intolerance towards certain preservatives. Certain preservatives like the Sulphites, more specifically, sodium bisulphite, sodium metabisulphite and potassium bisulphite are usually found in dried fruits, beer and wine. They are notorious for their ability to trigger episodes of severe asthama attacks and induce migraines in sensitive prone people.

Sodium Nitrite and Nitrate

Sodium Nitrite and Nitrate are some popular preservatives which are mixed with canned food products and also processed food products, especially in the case of processed meat products the likes of corned beef, bacon, hot dogs, ham, sausages and lunch meats. The International Agency for Research of Cancer has declared them to be dangerous and they are often classified as 'probably carcinogenic to humans'.

Sodium Benzoate

Sodium Benzoate is generally used in processed food products and drinks. This artificial preservative if taken in huge quantities can result in hyperactivity in children. Also if sodium benzoate present in soft drinks reacts with the vitamin C, it might result in the emergence of benzene which causes cancer.

Facts About Flavor Enhancer

Monosodium Glutamate is a flavor enhancer, which is often employed by the Asians for their cuisines. This flavor enhancer has often been associated with the Chinese Restaurant Syndrome. This syndrome displays a number of symptoms, the likes of which are numbness, chronic headaches and tingling experienced after the consumption of food. This flavor enhancer is not harmful if taken in small quantities, but it can dangerous if it is taken on large amounts.

Brominated Vegetable oil is used for keeping the flavor oils in soft drinks in suspension. The main ingredient of BVO (Brominated Vegetable oil) is Bromate, which is essentially a poison. A child can be severely poisoned with the intake of mere 2 ounces of a 2% solution of BVO. This is toxic and can minimize immune defenses and depleted histamine, thereby make the body vulnerable to allergies.

Tartazine, Ponceau 4R, Indigotine, Erythrosine and allura red are some of the food colors which are used while cooking. Excessive quantities of intake of these food colors could result in hyperactivity amongst children aged between three to eight years old.

The Truth About Artificial Sweeteners

Aspertame is generally used for sweetening diet soft drinks. Studies have revealed that intake of Aspertame in large quantities could result in rumors and cancer.

High fructose corn syrup is made from corn. This sweetener is often used in processed foods and is cheaper than sucrose. Unfortunately it is known for heightening the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes.