Health Effects of Additives

So what is the big hype over food additives? If you’re wondering why you should avoid them, look no further.

The following is a list of side effects linked to artificial food additives:

  • headaches
  • attention issues
  • dizziness
  • allergic reactions
  • eczema
  • hyperactivity
  • asthma
  • increased triglycerides
  • increased cholesterol levels
  • stimulated appetite
  • weakness
  • wheezing
  • changes in heart rate
  • difficulty breathing
  • fatigue
  • skin rashes
  • failure to absorb nutrients
  • diarrhea
  • behavioral problems
  • weakened immune system
  • learning and visual disorders
  • menstrual difficulties
  • ulcers
  • allergies
  • nausea
  • gastrointestinal irritation, including cramping and bleeding

Some of the more serious health issues linked to additives are listed below:

  • type-2 diabetes
  • coronary heart disease
  • stroke
  • cancer, including colon and breast
  • liver damage
  • kidney damage
  • gastrointestinal disease
  • infertility
  • birth defects, including brain and growth development
  • major organ system damage
  • growth problems
  • nerve damage
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • nervous system disorders
  • reproductive disorders
  • high blood pressure

Keep an eye out for blog posts on additives for more information and the specific side affects associated with that particular additive.

Sources:
http://www.healthychild.com/child-nutrition/food-additives-and-human-health/
http://fooddemocracy.wordpress.com/2008/06/08/food-additives-and-their-associated-health-risks/
http://www.greendragonsuperfoods.com/downloads/The%20worst%20food%20additives.pdf
http://life.gaiam.com/article/10-worst-food-additives-where-they-lurk