DANGEROUS
LIST OF BAD NUMBERS

DANGEROUS ADDITIVES & PRESERVATIVES

Food Additives are found in most the food and drinks we consume regularly, yet most of do not realize the dangerous consequences of consuming these additives and flavour enhancers. Whether they are synthetic or from natural sources, the detrimental effects on our bodies can be severe and long term.

We must learn to automatically look at the ingredient lists of our everyday products and understand all the elements that make up this list. In most countries food preservatives are still coded (E-number) and people have no clue of what they are eating. In the United States alone, there is more than 3,000 substances that can be added to food products.

Eating mostly fresh, whole foods is the best way to stay away from nasty additives. Assuming you do include some processed foods in your diet, the following additives are ones you surely want to stay away from. Look for them on ingredient labels and if one turns up, try find an alternate product. The rewards are well worth the effort.

List of Nasty Food Additives

Code Additive Names and Functions Potential Ill Health Effects
120,
E120

COLOURING (Yellow):

Tartrazine
FD & C Yellow No.5

Coal tar dye & azo dye; banned from foods in Norway & Finland and heavily restricted in Austria, Sweden and Germany

USE: Confectionary; sweet corn; soft drink; marzipan; canned peas; cheese crackers; mint sauce; fruit juice cordial; jam; pickles; cereal; packaged soup; lollies; snack food.

DANGERS: Hyperactivity; thyroid tumors; aggression; headache; migraine; nettle rash; hay fever; asthma; tingling of the mouth; insomnia; confusion; itching; blurred vision; swelling of the lips. 

120,
E120

COLOURING  (Red):

Cochineal, Carminic Acid, Carmines
Cochineal is banned in the USA; of animal origin

USE: Some alcoholic drinks; baked goods; red apple sauce; confections.

DANGERS: Asthma; hyperactivity; hay fever; allergic reactions - possibly life threatening

133,
E133

COLOURING  (Blue):

Brilliant Blue FCF
FD & C Blue No. 1

Coal tar dye; banned in Austria, Belgium, France, Switzerland and others

USE: Soft drink; canned processed peas; dairy products; gelatine; desserts; cereal; sweets

DANGERS: Cancer; malignant tumors; allergic reactions in chemically sensitive people; asthma; hyperactivity

200,
201,
202,
203

PRESERVATIVES

Calcium sorbate 203
Potassium sorbate 202
Sodium sorbate 201
Sorbic acid 200

USED IN processed fruit and vegetable products, drinks, wine.

DANGERS: small percentage of people show slight pseudo-allergic reactions to sodium sorbate, some people are allergic to potassium sorbate and it causes heart palpitations and chest pains. Sorbic acid may cause rashes, asthma and hyperactivity.

210,
211,
212,
213

BENZOATES

Benzoic acid 210
Calcium benzoate 213
Potassium benzoate 212
Sodium benzoate 211

Benzoic acid is also used in the manufacture of plasticisers, resin coatings and caprolactam. It is an antiseptic, antifungal, and a antipyretic agent. Also used in cosmetics, as an antiseptic in many cough medications and an antifungal in ointments

USED IN most soft drinks, diet drinks, cordials, juice drinks.

DANGERS: Benzioc acid can cause asthma, especially in those dependant on steroid asthma medications. Is also reputed to cause neurological disorders and to react with sulphur bisulphite (222), and shown to provoke hyperactivity in children. Sodium benzoate is known to cause nettle rash and aggravate asthma.

220,
E220,
221,
222,
223,
224,
225,
226,
227,
228

PRESERVATIVE,
ANTIOXIDANT
:

Calcium hydrogen sulphite 227
Calcium sulphite 226
Potassium bisulphite 228
Potassium metabisulphite 224
Potassium sulphite 225
Sodium bisulphite 222
Sodium metabisulphite 223
Sodium sulphite 221

220 & E220 Sodium Dioxide. A gas formed from the burning of Sulphur or gypsum

USE: Dried fruit; beer; fruit juice; gelatine; wine; soft drink; cordial, jam, dairy products; potato products; soup and vegetable products, like drinks.

DANGERS: Asthma; hyperactivity; headache; backache; gastric irritation; liver toxicity; destroys vitamin A in foods; bronchitis; nausea; teratogen (developmental abnormalities in a fetus) and much more.

249,
E249,
250,
251,
252

PRESERVATIVE,
COLOUR FIXATIVE
:

Potassium nitrate 252
Potassium nitrite 249, E249
Sodium nitrate 251
Sodium nitrite 250

Potassium nitrate is also used in fireworks as well as fertilisers. May be derived from waste animal or vegetable matter.

USE: Cured meats; meat spread; bacon; sausages, devon.

DANGERS: Can cause asthma; cancer; headache; destroys red blood cells; breathing difficulties and dizziness. Potassium nitrate May cause reproductive disorders. May provoke hyperactivity and other adverse reactions; potentially carcinogenic; restricted in many countries. Potassium nitrite is not permitted in foods for infant and young children. Other names: nitrous acid potassium salt. Sodium nitrate is toxic. May be fatal if swallowed. IT is harmful if swallowed or inhaled. Skin, eye and respiratory irritant.

280,
281,
282,
283,
E924

PROPIONATES,
ANITIFUNGAL

Calcium propionate 282
Potassium propionate 283
Propionic acid 280
Sodium propionate 281
Potassium Bromate E924

Propionates occur naturally in fermented foods, human perspiration and ruminants digestive tract, also can be derived commercially from ethylene and carbon monoxide or propionaldehyde or natural gas or fermented wood pulp.

Sodium propionate is the sodium salt of propionic acid, E280. It is used as an antimicrobial agent in bread to prevent germination of some types of bacteria

USED IN most bread in Australia and USA. Propionates are antimicrobial. Recently permitted in cheese, fruit and vegetable products. Very rare in Europe. Also added as fermented whey powder.

DANGERS: All propionates are thought to be linked with migraine headaches. Propionic acid is corrosive - causes burns. Harmful if swallowed. Liquid may burn eyes. Severe eye and skin irritant. Calcium propionate can cause symptoms similar to a gall bladder attack. Potassium Bromate: California requires a cancer warning on products with this ingredient.

E284,
E285

PRESERVATIVE,
BLEACHING AGENT

Boric acid E284
Sodium tetraborate( Borax ) E285

Boric acid is best known for being an antiseptic, but it is also used in insecticides, leather finishing, paints, soaps, wood preserving, and in ceramics and glass manufacturing. Borax has many industrial uses including as an added ingredient in washing powders, water softeners and soaps.

USED IN foods, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and numerous industrial processes.

DANGERS: Boric acid is suspected to be a neurotoxic hazard. Ingestion is harmful and may be fatal. Harmful by inhalation. Irritant. May cause congenital malformation in the fetus. Laboratory tests with animals suggest this material may cause reproductive disorders. Borax: Possible risk that this may cause reproductive disorders, based on tests with laboratory animals. Eye and skin irritant. Harmful by ingestion

310,
311,
312,
317,
318,
319,
320,
321

ANTIOXIDANTS

Butylated hydoxyanisole (BHA) 320
Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) 321
Dodecyl gallate 312
Erythorbic acid 317
Octyl gallate 311
Propyl gallate 310
Sodium erythorbate 318
Tert-Butylhydroquinone 319

Butylated Hydoxyanisole (BHA) and Butylated Hydozyttoluene (BHT) are used to prevent foods from oxidizing and keeping fats and oils from going rancid.

USED IN oils and margarines to prevent rancidity, chips, fried snack foods, fast foods. Not necessarily listed on labels where vegetable oil is a component, due to the 5% labelling loophole.

DANGERS: Propyl Gallate has been linked to cancer and you should avoid it. BHA and BHT: these additives have been found by some studies to cause cancer in rats.

621,
E621,
622,
623,
624,
625,
627,
635

FLAVOUR ENHANCER,
SALT SUBSTITUTE

Calcium dihydrogen diLglutamate 623
Disodium guanylate 627
Disodium inosinate 631
L-Glutamic acid 620
Magnesium di-L-glutamate 625
Monoammonium L-glutamate 624
Monopotassium glutamate 622
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) 621
Sodium 5' ribonucleotide 635

Monosodium - L Glutamate and derivatives - MSG
Made synthetically, may be GE/GM -genetically engineered/modified

USE: Packet soup; soy sauce; flavoured noodles; meats; low sodium salt substitute; malt extract; quick soup; pickles; sauces; gelatine; maltodextrin;

DANGERS: Problems in people with poor kidney function; headache; asthma; hyperactivity; depression; irritability; mood changes; chest pain; numbness; migraine; infertility; convulsions; abdominal discomfort; nausea; vomiting; allergic reactions in aspirin-sensitive people and asthmatics; allergic reactions in sensitive people; teratogen.