6 Additives You Should Keep Away From Your Baby

As a parent, the most important thing to you is your baby. You draw a satisfaction from seeing your baby healthy and happy at all times. Food influences the health and sometimes even the mood your baby has. Our professionals have taken the time to help you identify the dangerous food additives that you should avoid feeding your child with to ensure they are healthy now, and in the future.

1. Artificial Colors

Always look out for the labels which denote the type of artificial colors included in the food. In Canada and the US, the colors are denoted using names such as “Yellow 5” and“Red 40” and are therefore easy to identify.

Such colors are usually found available foods which are unnaturally bright such as fizzy drinks and ice cream.

A possible harmful effect of such artificial colors (according to a study carried out in 2007 by The Lancet) is hyperactivity in children (commonly referred to as sugar high). Other smaller studies also back up this notion that there is a link between artificial food coloring and hyperactivity.

2. Sodium benzoate

This chemical is usually listed by its name on food packaging and is usually found in most fizzy drinks and acidic foods such as salad dressings.

Sodium benzoate is available naturally and usually increases hyperactivity concerns in children and can create a carcinogen referred to as benzene if combined with vitamin C. Considering the fact that most foods consumed by children contain vitamin C, it is, therefore, a good idea to keep away from sodium benzoate altogether.

3. Artificial Sweeteners

The main artificial sweeteners to avoid include sodium cyclamate, aspartame, saccharin, and acesulfame-K (acesulfame potassium). These artificial sweeteners are available in numerous sugar-free candies and low-cal beverages. Although most these have dangerous artificial sweeteners, not all of them do. Low-cal sodas are sweetened using sucralose which is commonly judged to be safe.

Jacobson notes that all of the sweeteners mentioned above have been related to cancer in various animal studies. The validity of these studies have been challenged by different researchers, with Canada Health declaring the artificial sweeteners as good for human consumption. However, since the world of science is still undecided about the friendliness of such sweeteners, that’s enough reason to avoid exposing your children to any possible risks.

4. Nitrite

This salt is usually listed as sodium nitrite or simply nitrite in the ingredients. It is present in most processed meats and in some rare cases such as fermented soy products where it is also used to provide a red color to meat products and to prevent bacterial growth.

Nitrite in itself is not harmful, but the digestive and cooking processes may turn it into nitro samine which is a common carcinogen. A review done in 2007 found that there is a strong link between lifestyle and bowel cancer in people who consume a high amount of processed meat products. Before you go into a panic considering the numerous hot dogs you usually consume, remember that cutting out the nitrite your children usually consume can greatly reduce the risk of them developing cancer later in life.

5. MSG

It is usually labeled as MSG (Monosodium glutamate) on the ingredients part of packaged food. MSG is usually used in some restaurants serving Asian foods so it is a good idea to look out for restaurants which market themselves as “MSG free”.

In some individuals, this additive can cause a short-term adverse reaction known as MSG symptom complex which may include headaches, heart palpitations, nausea, and breathing difficulty. It has also been reported to be very addictive and that it may induce obesity.

6. Carboxymethylcellulose (CMC)

CMC is a cellulose gum which functions to stabilize food products. It is mostly found in ice cream, baked goods, frozen desserts, salad dressings, cheese spreads, and even in infant and baby formulas.

Since it is not absorbed by the human gastrointestinal system, some recent studies have shown that it can affect the human system microbiome. It has also been suggested to be associated with the development of obesity and metabolic syndromes, a predecessor to diabetes and development of overt colitis.

So there you have it. If you ensure to check that these additives are not present in what you feed your child with, then you can be rest assured that they have a better chance of being healthy and at a lower risk of developing cancer later in their lives.

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