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List of Food Additives

Suspect supplements: E125, E141, E150, E171, E172, E173, E240, E 241, E477

Dangerous supplements: E102 (highly noxious), E110, E120, E124 (pink food colorant).

Toxic supplements:
- That have a proved action on the digestive system: E 220, E 221, E 222, E 223, E 224, E 330, E 338, E 339, E 363, E340, E 341, E 407, E 450, E 461, E 463, E 465, E 466
- That produce skin sensitiveness: E230, E231, E232, E233
- That neutralize vitamin B12: E200
- That raise cholesterol level: E320, E321
-nThat produce nervous system damage: E311, E312

Cancerous supplements – forbidden in Europe, USA: E 123, E 131, E 142, E 211 (extremely noxious), E 213, E 214, E 215, E 217, E 239, E 330, E 621 (sodium glutamate).

Some data on food additives
E102 (tartrazine) is a colorant found in sweets, puddings in particular.

E122 (azorubine) is a red colorant, obtained from tar, added to sweets, crystals for jellies or to fruit jelly. Can determine adverse reactions in asthmatic people and in those allergic to aspirin. It is forbidden in Japan, Sweden, USA, Austria and Norway. It is allowed in Romania.

E123 (amaranth) is used in cake mixtures, fruit - flavored fillings, crystals for jellies; it can trigger asthma, eczema and hyperacidity. Animal tests have shown that it produces neonatal malformations and death of the fetus. It is also found in spread cheese and cheese creams. It is forbidden in the USA.

E110 is present in sweets (puddings in particular), coloring them in yellow.

E132 (indigotine) is a colorant added in pills and capsules, ice cream, sweets, patisserie products, biscuits; can cause nausea, vomit, high arterial pressure, nettle rash, breathing problems and allergic reactions.

E155 is used in chocolate and cakes. Can cause adverse reactions to persons allergic to aspirin or suffering of asthma. Can also cause mild skin problems.

E210 (benzoic acid) is added to spirits, bakery products, cheese, spices, sweets, medicine. Can cause asthma crises, especially with people addicted to medication and can cause hyperacidity in children. Following animal tests, it has also been associated with cancer.

E211 (sodium benzoate) is a food preservative, but also used to cover up the taste of low quality food products; citric fruit – flavored soft drinks contain a high percentage of sodium benzoate (up to 25 mg/ 250 ml) ; it is also added to milk and meat products, bakery and sweets, and it is also present in many types of medication. It is known to cause nettle rash and to worsen asthma. The Common European Market Customers’ Association considers it as carcinogenic, but it is admitted in Romania.

E250 (sodium nitrite) is used in stabilizing the red color to the canned meat and gives it a specific flavor. Adding nitrites to food can cause the formation of small quantities of potentially cancer – causing substances (particularly in the case of bacon). The preparation of meat products is known to include ascorbic or izoascorbic acid to inhibit the formation of nitrosamines.

E312 (godecil galat) is used to prevent the fat products from becoming rancid; it can cause epigastralgias or skin irritation; it is not allowed in baby and infant food as it causes hematological disturbances. It is also associated with nervous troubles. It is used in oil, margarine, grease, salad dressings.

E420 (sorbitol and sorbitol syrup) is a synthetic sweetener and moisturizer obtained from glucose or through synthesis. It is used in sweets, dried fruit, low – caloric food, medical syrups and it is among the top seven preservatives used in the cosmetic products. It is not allowed in baby and infant food as it can lead to gastric disturbances.

E555 (aluminum and potassium silicate) is used in salt, milk powder and flour, although aluminum is known to be the cause of several placental disturbances during pregnancy and that it is associated with Alzheimer disease.

E952 (cyclamate) is an artificial sweetener that can produce migraines and other adverse reactions; some testing has shown that it can be carcinogenic. It is prohibited in the USA (since 1970) and in England because of its carcinogenic potential.

Cancer – suffering patients and chronically ill patients must take greater precautions, as their bodies have lost most of their self – regulating abilities.
They may eat aliments that contain the following:

E100 – turmeric (Indian Saffron) that has anti – carcinogenic properties.
E140 – chlorophyll and chlorophyllin – the green pigment in leaves.
E160 (a) – carotene, antioxidant substance, that helps – among other things – the reduction of the carcinogenic effect of some food toxins.
E160 (d) – licopen, found in tomatoes and in red grapefruit.
E161 (b), E161 (g) –xanthophylls of vegetable and animal origin.
E162 – the red pigment in beet root.
E170 – calcium carbonate.
E181 – tannic acid, usually present in tea and nut shells.
E260 – acetic acid, vinegar.
E300 – ascorbic acid or vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant. It can be consumed even when it is synthesis – produced (vitamin C pills).
E306 up to E309 – tocopherols or vitamin E, powerful antioxidants.
E410 – “locust bean”, an exotic vegetal extract that can be found even in some processed foods, that produces the reduction of cholesterol.
E504 – magnesium carbonate; it can be consumed even as a synthesis – obtained product (the laxative powder).
E509 – calcium chloride.
E511 – magnesium chloride.
E516 – calcium sulphate.
E542 – phosphates extracted from bone.
E552 – calcium silicate.
E636 – maltol, found in malt.

Professor Paula Drosescu, MD. PhD
Faculty of Physical Education and Sports
“Al. I. Cuza” University Iasi
December 2, 2009
Medical Cabinet Alternative Iasi
Associate Certified Coach ICF

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