Which chemicals are used in the production of food?

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Aspartame

The Center for Science in the Public Interest recommends that this compound is that one should be avoided. Aspartame is a combination of methanol and amino acids. This chemical compound can cause cancer and other health-related problems. However, more intensive studies are needed to confirm a connection. As an artificial sweetener, Aspartame is used in diet foods in place of sugar. Primarily it is used in soft drinks and drink mixes, and many low-calorie, processed fresh, and frozen desserts.

Nitrites and Nitrates

Nitrites and nitrates are useful antimicrobials that protect against the botulism bacterium; however, they are a health hazard. When the nitrites react with certain amino acids in the digestive system, causing nitrosamines, substances known to cause cancer. Sodium nitrate that is used as a color stabilizer slowly metabolizes into nitrites. Certain products commonly containing nitrites and nitrates are bacon, cured meats, tobacco products, and hot dogs.

Sulfites and Sulphur Dioxide

Sulfites and sulphur dioxide are both antimicrobials, used primarily as preservatives. Sulfites are found predominately in red wine and dried fruits, and sometimes in certain brands of fruit juices. Sulphur dioxide is used in numerous foods. This compound slows down the oxidation of fats called lipids. When it is sprayed on the freshly harvested vegetables and fruits, it stops the natural ripening process. These two compounds may cause an allergic reaction in specific individuals and is a known allergen for many asthmatics.

Alginate, Propylene Glycol Alginate

Alginate is a naturally obtained compound of kelp or seaweed. It is used as a foam stabilizer and thickening agent. However, propylene glycol alginate is a chemical modify substance. It utilizes algin to thicken foods with a higher acid content, like soft drinks, beer, and salad dressing. Alginate is used in milk products like ice cream, cheese, cottage cheese, and yogurt.


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