So you think fresh fruits and vegetables are good for your health? Maybe not. There are many food additives that are actually harmful and can lead to insomnia, restlessness, anxiety and many other problems. And some of them are used for fresh fruits and vegetables. But that’s not all. There are a number of food additives that have been isolated and can cause insomnia, anxiety, agitation, depression, wakefulness, irritability, etc.
Australians Sue Dengate and Dr. Howard Dengate has been researching food additives and food technology for many years. The following information and statistics are from their DVD “Fed Up With Children’s Behaviour”.
First, let’s look at Sue Dengate’s term “food intolerance” because it’s not the same as a food allergy. Some of the symptoms are the same as allergic reactions but may include other symptoms like irritable bowel symptoms etc. Many food intolerances have a delayed response time (2-3 days), some are cumulative, and many are very difficult to isolate and identify. Most people have no idea about their food intolerance!
There are no scientifically proven tests for food intolerance. Reactions can sometimes take weeks to overcome. That is why we need professional help on this topic.
In the 1950s 20% of our groceries were controlled by supermarkets, today it is about 80%. It’s becoming increasingly important to know what you eat and how it affects your health, mood, sleep, skin, behavior, headaches, bowel movements, etc.
Migraine sufferers have tripled since the 1970s, with over 20% of households now having at least 1 migraineur.
The prevalence of eczema has increased 2-3 fold since the 1970s. About one in three Australians will be affected at some point in their life.
It is believed that irritable bowel syndrome affects around 20% of people in developed countries today, compared to almost zero in countries with traditional eating habits.
Asthma has increased from about 10% in the 1970s to about 30% today. Asthma is the leading cause of absenteeism from school. Most sufferers react to one of two food additives. 20% of those affected are affected by salicylates. Most can be helped by avoiding food additives. The asthma medication itself also contains additives that are harmful to those affected!
Since the 1990s, antidepressant use has increased dramatically, including among young children, with 3,000 prescriptions for babies under 12 months of age in the US alone! Since 1945, the number of major depressions has increased tenfold.
Since the 1970s, autism rates in the US are believed to have increased tenfold.
Just because a food additive is labeled ‘natural’ doesn’t mean it’s safe!
Here are some examples of nasty food additives to avoid if you are having trouble sleeping, waking up in the middle of the night, waking up too early, feeling anxious, overly tired, depressed, stressed, etc.:
o The usual bread preservative (or mold inhibitor) 282. Symptoms of calcium propionate (282) (from eating large amounts of bread) may include difficulty falling asleep, nocturnal walking, night terrors, unexplained fatigue, depression, irritability, growing pains, bedwetting, nasal congestion, and restlessness;
o Alertness, depression, restlessness, irritability (320 BHA Buylated Hydroxyanisole Antioxidant – banned in Japan and may not be included in products containing less than 5% vegetable oils);
o Salicylates. There is a salicylates fact sheet that provides relevant information on tinnitus, reversible hearing loss, dizziness, symptoms of Meniere’s disease, insomnia and behavioral changes in children. What is particularly interesting here is the information that “good old fruit and vegetables” are not always good. Find out about low-salicylate fruits and veggies vs. high salicylate fruits and veggies and how to control your intake?
o Alertness in young children (102 Tartrazine stain and 110 Sunset Yellow stain);
o 621 Monosodium Glutamate Flavor Enhancer MSG. Restlessness, alertness and irritability? and
o 951 aspartame artificial sweetener – banned for US air pilots. Mood changes (anxiety, restlessness, irritability, depression), insomnia, fatigue.
It’s also very unfortunate that some nasty food additives don’t need to be declared on product labels – so you’ll need to investigate further to find out which breads are exactly the ones that don’t contain the food additive linked to depression. etc. There is also information about hairspray and air fresheners that you should definitely read.
Sue created the Failsafe Diet to help people eliminate the nasty food substances from their systems.
So if you find this article alarming, we have presented something of value. It is your responsibility to do further research to ensure that you, your children and loved ones are not draining their vitality with careless shopping. If you don’t already, read the labels. And if you have a sleep disorder (or other medical issue), you need to look further — because maybe there’s an additive in your food that doesn’t even need to be legally declared to be listed on the label.