Twelve Dangerous Food Additives

By Caroltoo Latest Reply 2012-02-09 17:21:38 -0600
Started 2012-02-03 21:22:05 -0600

This is the article that Camera Shy referred to about the dangers of food additives. The source is and, if you go to the site and search for food additives, there are a couple other articles also.

Diet soda sweetener is right there on the top 12 list along with others that we are all too familiar with.

29 replies

Caroltoo 2012-02-06 21:13:05 -0600 Report

What put me wise to some of the additive issues was that at age 25 I developed a pulse of 150-180 everytime I went out for Saturday morning breakfast and ordered my usual Saturday breakfast.

I started experimenting with the pieces of my usual "Saturday Out" breakfast at home and eventually narrowed the issue down to prepackaged, prepared hash browns. When I fixed them at home from potatoes, I didn't have a problem. When I fixed packed ones at home, I had a big problem. When I ate restaurant hash browns, I also had a big problem.

This led me to begin to study what I could be reacting to since I really didn't want to be taking digitalis at age 25 (which is what my cardiologist wanted me to do) to keep my pulse down. In the process I discovered dyes, nitrates, nitrites, and eventually came to the realization if it was a chemical and not a food, I'd best not eat it.

Snookie7 2012-02-06 22:29:07 -0600 Report

Grits, eggs toast and turkey bacon or sometimes regular bacon and I feel good for the most part of the day.

Caroltoo 2012-02-07 05:35:58 -0600 Report

Snooky: I'm glad you do, but how does this relate to a discussion of food additives?

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-02-08 20:43:49 -0600 Report

You mentioned hashbrowns causing issues with you at times and your Saturday Out breakfast. Snookie7 is sharing her safe breakfast.

Caroltoo 2012-02-08 21:55:10 -0600 Report

Thanks, Graylin. Eventually, I put that together. I was reading during a bought of insomnia and wasn't the brightest light on street at the time.

JannyT 2012-02-09 17:06:54 -0600 Report

I have had diabetes since March 2010. The first year I really watched my carbs and eating enough protein. I started at 6.0 AC1, a year later was down to 5.3 AC1, and lost 24 lbs. Now that I know how to eat, but am also cheating with my carbs. My AC1 is now 5.6 and am not able to loose any more weight. I need some coaching.

Caroltoo 2012-02-09 17:21:38 -0600 Report

Hi, Janny, A couple of thoughts in response to your post:

1. Do you exercise regularly and, if you do, can you step it up for a while until you're off the plateau?
2. You said you know how to eat and are cheating on your carbs…bet you know what you need to do about that one so is there some underlying reason to keep eating them that is more important to you than loosing the weight?

If you want to do so, for accountability, use the checkin feature on the board as a way to be accountable to all of us for what you did the day before. Another option, would be to do the same type of thing by email. If you want to that, you will need to friend me. I'll do my part right after I finish writing this post. You will just need to follow back for us to become friends.


camerashy 2012-02-06 21:03:45 -0600 Report

An awful thing about this is that a friend of my mom's, (a doctor) said years ago that most of the health problems showing up these days (years ago) were caused by food additives. How was I to know which ones? Uh, close the barn door! All the horses have run away!

GabbyPA 2012-02-04 18:07:52 -0600 Report

I have never seen Acesulfame-K. Are there other names for it?

jayabee52 2012-02-04 19:19:23 -0600 Report

I have seen it in ingredient lists for "sugar free" goods, but never paid much attention to it. Now that I am aware it is potassium I'll need to pay more attention due to my kidney problems

Caroltoo 2012-02-04 18:17:01 -0600 Report

The foods the article says it is usually used in are ones I don't buy, so I can't say that I have seen it either. Here is some additional information that I found when I googled the name.

Information on Aspartame and Other Chemical Sweeteners:

Acesulfame K

Acesulfame Potassium (K) was approved for use by the FDA as a safe artificial sweetener in July, l988. It is a derivative of acetoacetic acid. Unfortunately, several potential problems associated with the use of acesulfame have been raised. They are based largely on animal studies since testing on humans remains limited. The findings showed the following:

Acesulfame K stimulates insulin secretion in a dose dependent fashion thereby possibly aggravating reactive hypoglycemia ("low blood sugar attacks").

Acesulfame K apparently produced lung tumors, breast tumors, rare types of tumors of other organs (such as the thymus gland), several forms of leukemia and chronic respiratory disease in several rodent studies, even when less than maximum doses were given. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, it was petitioned on August 29, l988 for a stay of approval by the FDA because of "significant doubt" about its safety.

Dr. H.J. Roberts, Aspartame (NutraSweet) Is It Safe?, Charles Press, page 283/84.

GabbyPA 2012-02-04 18:38:57 -0600 Report

And people wonder why I don't trust the FDA...really.

mosie100 2012-02-05 06:31:20 -0600 Report

I am very new to this and honestly have not been doing a very good job with finding a lifestyle and food choices that work.I seem to rely on covering myself with lots of insulin.I would appreciate any helpful suggestions and resources thank-you

Caroltoo 2012-02-05 16:48:38 -0600 Report

Hi, Mosie…I just posted to your profile to give you some information about how to start a discussion about his. Your comments will get lost in here in this discussion on additives, but there are lots of folks out there who will see your new discussion and want to add information.

Young1s 2012-02-05 10:18:24 -0600 Report

I have a different sort of suggestion for you. It would be of more help to you to go to the Discussion section and start a new discussion with your questions and concerns. That way it will be out there for the Entire community to see and be able to respond to you. If you just post it here, only the people who are attracted to the above topic, or who are tracking it, will see it.

jayabee52 2012-02-04 15:09:40 -0600 Report

Thanks for bringing this to our attention Carol. I also downloaded the PDF book on Neurotoxins which was offered on the website. Quite interesting and enlightening

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2012-02-04 13:31:02 -0600 Report

Unfortunately one could make a very good argument that with additives and hybrid's the whole food chain is now unhealthy for all.

Caroltoo 2012-02-04 18:40:26 -0600 Report


I just read today that to carry the label "organic" a product can't be the result of gene modification. So stick to the outside walls of an organic market for the safest choices. Admittedly, that is still not a 100% quarantee.

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2012-02-04 19:16:47 -0600 Report

"Organic" leaves a lot of room fer discussion as to what is truly organic, and then when you bring the bee's in that pollinated said organic seed crops where were before, were they in a gene modified garden of hybrids first, now we end up with another hybrid when these "organic seeds" are planted. A bee con forage 4 miles from the hive by wing, then some bee keepers will move their hives to the crops, so the chance for a bee crossed hybrid is very possible.

Young1s 2012-02-04 12:42:03 -0600 Report

Thanks for sharing this Carol. We eat or have eaten these ingredients for years without the slightest clue as to what it's doing to our bodies. It's a scary thought. What's scarier is that their perfectly legal to use at will. Cutting them all out of our diets still may not save us from their long-term effects. Very disturbing to say the least. I had recently read about the different names for MSG but forgot to save the link. That won't be happening with this article. Thanks again.