It would be nice to think that the food we have access to on the supermarket shelves was safe but the truth is there are hundreds of additives added to the everyday foods we eat! These additives have been deemed safe by regulatory bodies in Australia but some of them are banned overseas, proving we cannot be assured of their safety.
Food additives include preservatives, colours and flavours and are often listed as numbers on food labels. The can cause obvious side effects such as asthma and hyperactivity in some children and no obvious effects in others.
As parents it is our job to be aware of the foods our children are eating and minimize their intake of additives. Making more food from scratch is the best thing you can do to reduce your familys intake of these potentially harmful chemicals. Here is a list of the top 10 additives to avoid in kids, keep a look out for these numbers and avoid them all together.
102 Tartrazine– yellow- orange food colouring,
Found in – lollies, soft drinks, confectionary, yoghurt, jam, chewing gum, iceceam and jelly.
Can cause – aggressive behaviour, learning and concentration difficulties, behavioral problems, depression, headaches, insomnia, asthma, suspected musco-skeletal and neuro toxicity.
110 Sunset Yellow, food colouring
Found in – icecream, jam, sweets, beverages and soups.
Can cause – behavioral problems, hyperactivity, asthma, rhinitis, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea,
122 Red food colouring
Found in – jam, jelly, lollies and processed foods.
Can cause – tantrums, hyperactivity, asthma, can cause allergic reactions.
123 bluish red food colouring
Found in – jam, fruit juice, icecream, lollies, confectionary and beverages
Can cause – hyperactivity, skin rash, GI problems, asthma, liver and kidney problems.
127 Cherry pink to red food colouring
Found in – canned fruit, biscuits, glace cherries, toothpaste
Can cause – learning difficulties, hyperactivity, asthma, may affect thyroid activity and a known xenooestrogen (disturbs hormone balance)
320 Butylated hydroxyanisole (antioxidant)
Found in – butter/ oil blends, edible oils (may not be listed on packaging), milk powder, dried instant mashed potato.
Can cause – Suspected respiratory, endocrine, skin, liver, immune and neuro toxicity, headaches, asthma, insomnia, fatigue, depression.
321 Butylated hydroxytoluene (antioxidant)
Found in – edible oils (may not be listed on packaging), chewing gum, bubble gum.
Can cause – dermatitis, fatigue, aggressive behaviour, asthma, Suspected respiratory, liver, skin, kidney, immune and neuro toxicity, migraine, learning difficulties
951 & 962 – Aspartame (sweetener)
Found in – chewing gum, sugar free foods, soft drink, diet foods and drinks, confectionary.
Can cause – Over 90 effects reported including asthma, seizures, memory loss, mood changes, weight gain, dizziness, headaches, multiple sclerosis, breathing difficulties, aggression, depression, .
954 Saccharin (sweetener)
Found in – sauces and toppings, chutneys, jams, soft drinks, jelly, table top sweeteners, fruit and vegetable juices, soups.
Can cause – allergic reactions, developmental toxicity, reproductive toxicity, insomnia,
Please remember these are the worst of the worst additives found in our foods, there are many others so avoid as many packaged foods with numbers as you can. I have an entire module dedicated to protecting our little people from the chemicals in our foods and environment in my Natural Super Kids ecourse, which is launching very soon! To be the first to find out the details, hop on the waiting list here!