Chemical Food Additives and Their Effect on the Human Body

624 WordsFeb 22, 20182 Pages
“Food additives refer to any substances that are added to change food in some way before it is consumed. Additives include preservatives for extending shelf life, flavouring and colouring for improving taste and appearance, and nutritional supplements such as vitamins and minerals” (Jeon) there are two types of food preservation: chemical and natural food additives. Many of our everyday foods nowadays have either been preserved by natural methods or by chemical methods. When looking for preservatives on an ingredients list, they are generally found at the end of the list. To make it easier for us, food companies have also stated the preservative and its purpose. I.e. Preservative, colorant, flavouring etc. (Suzanne Robin) In light of further research into chemical food preservatives and there effect on the human body, recent studies have shown that there may possibly be a risk to the health of people if we continuously intake chemical preservatives. (Jeon) Studies on particular preservatives named BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) have shown possible connections between these preservatives and more severe symptoms in those suffering from ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) also some studies have shown that some people are also battling or having trouble to be able to digest the BHA and BHT preservatives. (Jeon) As well as those with chronic urticarial. (unknown) BHA and BHT are preservatives
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