Food additives have been implicated with the onset of a number of mental health problems.  There are over 3,000 food additives approved by the FDA that are in processed foods.  Read food labels and try and stay away from the following 6 food additives:

  • Aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet) – Aspartame is found in diet sodas and low-calorie and diet foods. Animal studies reveal a high incidence of brain tumors.  Aspartame has also been associated with psychiatric disorder such as panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder as well as aggravating memory problems.
  • BHA and BHT – These food additive keeps oils from going rancid and in foods to preserve freshness. Animal studies found BHT caused various disorders such as cancer, reduced body weight, increased blood cholesterol, and birth defects.  BHA was found to cause cancerous tumors in rat’s fore-stomachs.  Some people reported that symptoms of anxiety and depression subsided when BHA and BHT were discontinued.
  • Food Coloring – There are 7 artificial food colorings added to our food supply. Studies show that food coloring aggravates ADHD symptoms.
  • Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil – This if found in margarine, vegetable shortening, crackers, cookies, baked goods, and salad dressings. The process to make hydrogenated vegetable oil creates trans fats that promote heart disease, diabetes and depression.
  • MSG – MSG is used to enhance flavor in packaged foods like soups, salad dressings, sausages, hot dogs, canned tuna and potato chips. MSG causes sensitive neurons to die and has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
  • Sodium Nitrite (Sodium Nitrate) – This additive is used in bacon, ham, hot dogs, luncheon meats, corn beef, smoked fish and other processed and cured meats as a preservative, coloring and for flavoring. It can cause cancer, obstructive pulmonary disease as well as memory loss, depression, anxiety, and fatigue.

It is important to note that not all manufactures used these food additives.  Read food labels and look for a different variety or enjoy certified organic foods since a majority of organic foods do not contain these additives.
Remember to consult with your physician before making any changes to your health regime.
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