How food additives compromise your gut health

A new study illustrated just how food additives in packaged foods can lead to CANCER.

Researchers from the University of Georgia fed mice common food additives – the emulsifiers known as polysorbate 80 and carboxymethylcellulose – and found the chemicals caused inflammation and other conditions in their intestines that promoted tumour formation and cancer growth.

Additives and emulsifiers are commonly found in salad dressings, sauces, and spreads so their ingredients – namely, water and oil – don’t separate. This creates not only the smooth appearance but also texture you’re used to experiencing.

Scientists have been studying the effects of additives and emulsifiers on mice for a while now, and we already know that they have a huge disruptive effect on the balance of bacteria in the digestive tract. A big study back in 2015 linked emulsifiers to obesity and inflammatory gut diseases like Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

The vast colony of helpful bacteria that live in your gut – your microbiota, or gut flora – are absolutely essential to keeping you healthy. When the balance is disturbed, it wrecks your immune system and causes inflammation to flare up… making you a prime candidate for just about every chronic and deadly disease imaginable.

Unfortunately, it’s practically impossible to avoid emulsifiers if you’re eating foods out of a box or a bag… a bottle or a jar… a carton or really any other kind of container. They’re used in breads and snack cakes to extend their shelf lives. They can help pasta not to stick and chewing gum stay soft.

They’re also ubiquitous in store-bought ice cream and in processed meats and cheeses.

Fortunately, you can make some of these foods on your own at home. Salad dressing is so quick to make – just throw some lemon juice or vinegar (or some other acidic ingredient) in a jar, add seasonings and olive oil, and shake. It’ll separate in the fridge (which is normal, since oil and water don’t mix), but giving it a good shake should do the trick in mixing it back up again.

As for the bread and snack cakes – it’s time to say goodbye.

If you’re wondering what’s safe and what isn’t when you go grocery shopping, here the trick I use: Stay at the perimeter of the store and avoid the aisles in the centre. That will put you smack dab in the middle of fresh produce, meats, fish, and dairy and will keep you away from anything that’s spent too much time in a laboratory or a factory.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
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