When was the last time you tasted food that did not contain any artificial additives or preservatives? While some additives might not have caused any tangible concerns; others are definitely not items you want to catch in your food!
Food additives are commonly used to enhance the appearance with attractive colours or hasten the manufacturing process. While preservatives ensure the longevity and ‘freshness’ of the product. We’ve collated a list of food additives and preservatives and their effects on the body.
GLOSSARY OF FOOD ADDITIVES / PRESERVATIVES
What is it?
Arsenic is a natural component of the earth’s crust and is widely distributed throughout the environment in the air, water and land. It is highly toxic in its inorganic form.
Where is it used?
Although found naturally, arsenic is also used in pesticides, which is further taken up by plants as they grow, and therefore present in fruits, vegetables and grains.
What harm can it cause?
Long-term exposure to arsenic could play a role in the development of cancer, diabetes, lung and vascular disease.