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Because the food industry is profit led, nutrition is not important to the food producers. Costs are cut, cheap synthetic ingredients used and important nutrients stripped from foods to make managing, packaging and transportation easier, shelf life longer and profits higher. Refined processed poor quality food is causing more illness and malnutrition in humans than any other factor and is responsible for the steep rise in many conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, bone, skin and blood disorders, obesity, reduced immunity to bacteria, virus and fungal infections and cancer.

The food industry exploded just 50 years ago which means the long term affects of human consumption of these additives has not yet been assessed. Many are just coming to light now as more reports of adverse conditions are linked to additives in foods. The artificial sweetener Aspartame is one example.  See Aspartame dangers

The food industry denies any responsibility for the adverse affects of this additive yet a 60 day abstinence has improved and even cured many people's health problems. Because it takes so long for conditions to arise from ingesting additives as they slowly build up in the system many other factors can be blamed. This is why the food industry is allowed to continue adding substances that can cause ill health.

When synthetic supplements are added to food to make it more sellable the cofactor minerals and other nutrients required for absorption are ignored. Natural food contains a balance of nutrients that man has not yet been able to comprehend entirely. The purpose of hundreds of phytonutrients and minerals in the body processes in food is not yet fully understood. Stripping nutrients or adding them during processing is pointless and possibly even hazardous to health until these processes are fully understood.

Added supplements

This ignorance about human bodily micro processes is why stripping the necessary nutrients from foods such as grains and sea salt before selling it to humans for consumption is a practice that should be ceased. Adding a cheaper version of those stripped out nutrients afterwards or adding other nutrients that don't even belong in that food to beguile the consumer into purchasing the product is underhand and cheating people out of real healthy naturally balanced foods. The type of vitamin D that humans can absorb is D3 but often they are sold the version that is useless to the body D2.

Some industries even sell the important compounds they strip from human food products on to other industries to make bigger profits rather than leave them in the food for human consumption such as sea salt. Cheap nutrient free refined table salt and addictive sugar is added to everything so that the consumer will repeatedly buy and eat it, as are many other artificial chemicals to add colour, taste, shelf life and to hide impurities.

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Genetically modified food

Foods are being genetically modified to withstand more powerful pesticides, herbicides and fungicides and last far longer without naturally decaying. This means the natural balance in food is being altered and humans are ingesting traces of ever increasing powerful chemicals that are poisonous.

The balanced food of nature has the right amounts of chemicals already present. Altering this by artificial means is dangerous because it is not yet known what all these chemicals functions in the body are. Interfering with the natural evolution of plants and animals means that the protection these organisms have developed over thousands of years against bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses suddenly becomes distorted. The results could be mutations that creates 'superbugs' that there is no natural protection from. Crossing species is upsetting the natural balance in the food chain which man does not yet fully comprehend.

Dangers for children

Unfortunately, bright synthetic colours make food attractive to children and it is these colours that can adversely affect children's health the most. This is at a critical time when a child needs to be healthy and able to learn and develop. The effects of additives could have repercussions on the education and personality of a child for the rest of his or her life.

Signs that a child is being affected by E numbers in foods

  • Anxiety and/or depression.

  • Concentration issues.

  • Hyperactivity.

  • Irritability.

  • Oppositional defiance.

  • Restlessness or difficulty falling asleep.

  • Temper tantrums.

List of artificial additives in food

Avoidance of the E numbers listed below in red by carefully checking ingredients is best. Those in red have been proven to cause adverse health conditions especially in children.

NOTE: Government approvals, restrictions and other regulatory details are subject to change.


E100 Curcumin Although curcumin is a natural yellow/orange food colouring derived from the turmeric (Curcuma longa) rhizome, excessive consumption can cause hives, migraines, nausea, skin rashes and an increased risk of bleeding to those taking anticoagulants and miscarriage in women who are pregnant.

Products that may contain E100

  • Biscuits

  • Butter

  • Carbonated drinks

  • Cheese

  • Fish fingers

  • Margarine

E101 (i) Riboflavin (ii) Riboflavin-5'-phosphate

E102 Tartrazine is a bright yellow/orange colouring that is banned in Norway and Austria. It can cause asthma, anxiety, behavioural issues, blurred vision, depression, hyperactivity, migraines, skin rashes, chromosomal damage to the foetus, thyroid cancer and can adversely affect those that are allergic to aspirin.

Products that may contain E102

  • Alcoholic mixers

  • Beer

  • Breakfast cereals

  • Butter and margarine

  • Cheeses (orange coloured)

  • Chicken broth (cubed or powered)

  • Confectionary and sweets

  • Cosmetics, body washes, conditioners, moisturisers, shampoos, shaving creams.

  • Crackers and crisps

  • Fizzy drinks

  • Frosting

  • Ice cream and ice lollies

  • Jelly

  • Macaroni cheese

  • Milk (flavoured)

  • Pancake mix

  • Pasta

  • Pickles

  • Ready meals with cheese flavourings

  • Vitamin supplements (chewable)

  • Yoghurt

E103 Alkanet, Alkannin Alkanet is a yellow/orange colour that is forbidden in some parts of the western world. It can increase hyperactivity in affected children and asthmatics sometimes react badly. It can also adversely affect those that are sensitive to aspirin.

E104 Quinoline yellow Side effects include hyperactivity (ADHD) in children, eye damage, blindness, tumours and cancer. When used in cosmetics it can cause dermatitis. It is banned in Australia, USA, Japan and Norway. 

E105 Fast Yellow AB, Fast Yellow, Acid Yellow, C.I. 13015, C.I. 14270 or Food Yellow 2 Banned in Europe and the USA due to harmful toxic properties.

E107 Yellow 2G, Acid yellow 17, CI Food yellow 5. Coal tar dye. Used in soft drinks and commercially in printing inks. Banned in Australia (1992), Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and USA. It can cause asthma, rashes and hyperactivity. People sensitive to aspirin and asthma sufferers should avoid it.

E110 Sunset Yellow FCF, Orange Yellow S This artificial yellow colour has been known to cause abdominal pain, allergic reactions, bronchial constriction, chromosomal damage, distaste for food, eye damage and blindness, hyperactivity, indigestion and gastric upset, kidney tumours, nasal congestion, nausea and vomiting, rhinitis (runny nose), swelling of the blood vessels and urticaria (hives). It is potentially dangerous to asthmatics and is known to upset some of the digestive enzymes. It has also been linked to growth retardation and severe weight loss in animal tests and increased incidence of tumours in animals. It is banned in Finland, Norway and the UK.

Products that may contain E110

  • Baked goods

  • Cakes

  • Cereals

  • Confectionary and sweets

  • Desert mixes

  • Ice cream and ice lollies

  • Medications, nutrient supplements and cough syrups

  • Soft drinks and squashes

  • Sauces

  • Snacks

  • Soups

  • Jams and jellies

  • Tinned fish

  • Yoghurt

E120 Cochineal, Carminic acid, Carmines This is a natural red colour obtained by crushing of the female Dactilopius coccus, a cactus-dwelling insect indigenous to Central America. The dye is expensive due to the sheer quantity of shells required to produce a small amount. Alcoholic drinks may contain the water-soluble form (ammonium carmine), but the insoluble calcium carmine is found in a many more products. Other commercial uses include as an anti-neoplastic agent. It can cause hyperactivity in children and urticaria (hives) and should be avoided by asthmatics, rhinitis sufferers and anyone sensitive to aspirin. It is banned in the USA.

Products that may contain E120

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Cakes

  • Confectionary and sweets

  • Dyed cheeses

  • Fizzy drinks

  • Icings

  • Pie fillings

  • Puddings

  • Sauces

  • Soups

E122 Azorubine, Carmoisine Carmoisine or azorubine is a synthetic red food dye from the azo dye group. Azorubine is commonly used in the UK. A study commissioned by the UK's Food Standards Agency found that when used in a mixture of other preservatives, increased levels of hyperactivity in children were observed. The process of making synthetic dyes is via treatment of sulphuric acid or nitric acid that is often contaminated by arsenic or other heavy metals that are toxic. Consuming foods that contain excessive carmoisine will cause allergic skin reactions and can lead to cancer and it can adversely affect those that are sensitive to aspirin. It is banned in Austria, Japan, Norway, Sweden and the United States.

Products that may contain E122

  • Blancmange

  • Breadcrumbs

  • Cheesecake mixes

  • Desserts

  • Drinks (red coloured)

  • Jams and preserves

  • Jellies

  • Marzipan

  • Red mouthwashes

  • Swiss roll

  • Yoghurts

E123 Amaranth E123 should not to be confused with palatable amaranth, a small, highly nutritious, protein-rich seed typically used as an alternative to grains, Amaranth E123 is a purple-red synthetic coal tar or azo dye used for colouring in food. In its physical form, amaranth is introduced as either a powder, in granules or as aluminium lakes. It is added to processed foods to make them appear more appetising and aperitif wine drinks. Because amaranth is an azo dye, it has been proven to provoke asthma, eczema and hyperactivity as well as allergic reactions, similar to nettle rash, among asthmatics and individuals who are sensitive to aspirin. Amaranth is considered very dangerous as it increases hyperactivity in affected children.The FDA in the United States has banned amaranth and it is also banned in Austria, Japan, Norway, Russia and Sweden. Accept for use in caviar, this synthetic colourant is also restricted in France and Italy.

E124 Ponceau 4R, Cochineal Red A This is an artificial synthetic coal tar and azo red dye that can increase hyperactivity in affected children and asthmatics sometimes react badly. It can also adversely affect those that are sensitive to aspirin and has shown to be a carcinogen in animals. It is estimated that one in 10,000 people are allergic to E124. It is banned in Canada, Norway, USA (in 1976 for cancer causing agents) and restricted in Sweden.

Products that may contain E124

  • Desert mixes

  • Salami

  • Soups

  • Tinned fruit

  • Toppings

E127 Erythrosine This is a coal tar red dye, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, that can cause sensitivity to light and learning difficulties. It can also increase thyroid hormone levels and lead to hyperthyroidism and was shown to cause thyroid cancer in rats in a study in 1990. It may increase hyperactivity in affected children, asthmatics sometimes react badly and it can adversely affect those that are sensitive to aspirin. It is used as a biological stain and serves as an adsorption and fluorescent indicator, a dental plaque disclosing agent and a radiopaque medium. It has been suggested that erythrosine may affect thyroid activity due the presence of iodine in the molecule which may be released upon degradation and that erythrosine may be carcinogenic. It is also used as an ingredient to kill maggot lava and flies. It is banned in Norway and was banned in the USA in January 1990, but not recalled by the United States FDA.

Products that may contain E127

  • Bakery and snack foods

  • Biscuits

  • Cakes

  • Canned fruits

  • Cherry, strawberry and rhubarb packet deserts

  • Custard mixes

  • Printing inks

  • Processed cooked meat

  • Spreads and pâté

  • Sweets and candies

E128 Red 2G A synthetic red coal tar and azo dye, which is used particularly in meat products. The latter may contain sulphur dioxide and metabisulfite which normally have a bleaching effect, but Red 2G is relatively unaffected. There is evidence that Red 2G can be converted to aniline in the gut and laboratory tests have shown that aniline causes anaemia in rats, as it affects haemoglobin in red blood cells and it may cause damage to genes and a skin rash. E128 should be avoided by hyperactive chidren, asthmatics and aspirin sensitive people and is thought to be carcinogenic when added to foods. Banned in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, New Zealand, USA, and many other places except the UK.

Products that may contain E128

  • Jams

  • Processed meats

  • Soft drinks

E129 Allura Red AC Allura red is an orange-red synthetic azo dye believed to produce a slightly less severe reaction by asthmatics and individuals who are intolerant to aspirin, however, allura red has also been linked to cancer in laboratory animals and the substance has been banned in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. Individuals with skin sensitivities are advised to avoid allura red.

Products that may contain E129

  • Biscuits

  • Cake mixes

  • Condiments

  • Confectionary and sweets

  • Cosmetics

  • Dairy products

  • Drugs

  • Fruit flavoured fillings

  • Gelatine

  • Puddings

E131 Patent Blue V This is a synthetic blue-violet coal tar dye used only moderately in the food industry in Scotch eggs. It is mainly used to colour the lymph vessels and as a cardiovascular investigative dye. It is also used as an acid base indicator. Hypersensitivity reactions have been reported include itching and nettle rash, nausea, low blood pressure and, in rare cases, anaphylactic shock. Asthmatics sometimes react badly and it can adversely affect those that are sensitive to aspirin. Anyone with allergies or intolerances should be cautious. It is banned in Australia, Norway, Japan, New Zealand and USA.

E132 lndigotine, Indigo Carmine This is a synthetic coal tar blue dye that is normally produced by a synthesis of indoxyl by fusion of sodium phenylglycinate in a mixture of caustic soda and sodamide. The chemical structure of indigo was determined by Prussian chemist J. F. W. Adolf von Baeyer in 1883.  It is often used as a diagnostic aid (e.g. in kidney function tests). It can increase hyperactivity in affected children, asthmatics sometimes react badly to it and it can adversely affect those that are sensitive to aspirin. Be cautious if suffering from any kind of allergies or intolerances. It can cause brain tumours, breathing problems, high blood pressure, nausea and vomiting and skin rashes and other allergic reactions. Indigo carmine is also used as a photometric detector, and a biological stain. It is banned in Norway.

Products that may contain E132

  • Baked goods

  • Biscuits

  • Confectionary and sweets

  • Ice cream

  • Medications (tablets and capsules)

  • Milk deserts

E133 Brilliant Blue FCF This is a synthetic polycyclic  aromatic hydrocarbon, triphenylmethane blue dye usually occurring as an aluminium lake (solution) or ammonium salt. It may increase hyperactivity in affected children and can cause chromosomal damage, bronchial constriction (combined with E127 and E132) and skin rashes. It was banned in British Commonwealth 1972-1980 and is now banned in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Norway Switzerland and Sweden.

Products that may contain E133

  • Confectionary and sweets

  • Dairy products

  • Drinks

  • Inks

  • Fabric and wood dye

  • Protein stain

E140 Chlorophylls and chlorophyllins

E141 Copper complexes of chlorophyll and chlorophyllins

E142 Green S This is a synthetic coal tar derivative used as a green dye. It can cause and worsen asthma and hyperactivity and has caused skin rashes and cancer in animal tests. It is banned in Canada, Japan, Norway, Sweden and the USA.

Products that may contain E142

  • Cake mixes

  • Mint jelly and sauce

  • Packaged breadcrumbs

  • Tinned peas

E150a to d are are dark brown colours made from sucrose in the presence of ammonia, ammonium sulphate, sulphur dioxide or sodium hydroxide. The types of caramel colour available include plain (spirit) caramel (prepared by controlled heat treatment of carbohydrates with or without an acid or base), caustic sulphite caramel (produced by heat treatment of carbohydrates with sulphur containing compounds), ammonia caramel (heat treatment in the presence of ammonia) and sulphite ammonia caramel. These should be avoided as they can cause hyperactivity. Some caramels may also damage genes, slow down growth, cause enlargement of the intestines and kidneys and may destroy vitamin B. It can be manufactured without ammonia.

E150a Plain caramel
E150b Caustic sulphite caramel
Ammonia caramel
Sulphite ammonia caramel

Products that may contain E150a, E150b, E150c and E150d

  • Beer

  • Biscuits

  • Bread

  • Cakes

  • Chocolate

  • Confectionary and sweets

  • Crisps

  • Doughnuts

  • Fizzy drinks

  • Flour products

  • Fruit sauces

  • Ice cream

  • Oyster sauce

  • Pâté

  • Pickles

  • Preserves

  • Sauces

  • Soya sauce

  • Whiskey

  • Wine

  • Vegetable protein and similar meat substitutes

E151 Brilliant Black BN, Black PN This is a synthetic brown/black coal tar derivative that can be carcinogenic. It can increase hyperactivity in affected children, asthmatics sometimes react badly and it can adversely affect those that are sensitive to aspirin. Be cautious if suffering from allergies or intolerances andit  may cause urticaria and problem to rhinitis sufferers. Also known to interfere with some digestive enzymes. It is banned in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, and the USA and greatly restricted Sweden.


Products that may contain E151

  • Blackcurrant cake mixes

  • Brown sauces

E152 Black 7984, Food Black 2, or C.I. 27755 A brown-to-black synthetic diazo dye. It usually comes as a tetrasodium salt. It is also used in cosmetics. Its use is discontinued in USA and EU since 1984. It is currently delisted and not used anymore both in European Union and USA. It is also not permitted in Australia and Japan. It appears to cause allergic or intolerance reactions, particularly amongst those with an aspirin intolerance. It is a histamine liberator, and may worsen the symptoms of asthma. It is one of the colourants that the Hyperactive Children's Support Group recommends be eliminated from the diet of children.

E153 Vegetable carbon May increase hyperactivity in affected children. Be cautious if suffering from allergies or intolerances. Black colour, charcoal pigment; used in jams, jelly crystals, liquorice; only the vegetable derived variety permitted in Australia. Banned in the United States.


E154 Brown FK Kipper or Food Brown. Made from 6 azo dyes and sodium chloride and/or sodium sulphate. It is mainly used to give fish flesh a healthy pigment which will not leach or fade during cooking. Typical products include smoked and cured fish, crisps, cooked meats. Banned in Austria, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, USA and all EEC countries except the UK.


E155 Brown HT May increase hyperactivity in affected children. Asthmatics sometimes react badly. Can adversely affect those that are sensitive to aspirin. Be cautious if suffering from allergies or intolerances. It is a brown colour, coal tar and azo dye; used in chocolate cake mixes; can produce bad reactions in asthmatics and people allergic to aspirin; also known to induce skin sensitivity; thought to be a carcinogenic in food, ADD children can have an adverse reaction to this dye. Typical products include foods where a chocolate colour is required, e.g. cakes and biscuits. Banned in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden and USA


E160a Carotenes Available as both synthetic and natural, companies do not have to specify which one they use.
NATURAL beta carotene has been shown to be a powerful cancer preventive substance when ingested with natural vitamin E, vitamin C, selenium and zinc. Note: Do not take zinc sulphate as it has been shown to cause cancer. (“Cancer-Causing Agents” by Ruth Winter.) It has also been proven to reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and strengthen the immune system.
SYNTHETIC beta carotene has been shown to increase the risk of cancer risk and to increase the death rates among smokers.
Note: Only purchase capsule and tablet supplements that list beta-carotene as natural and that list the source of the beta-carotene- which is usually Dunaliella salina algae or red palm-on the label. The word “natural” means nothing legally. Almost all beta -carotene supplements do not specify the source of the beta-carotene.

Do not buy natural beta-carotene extracted from carrots or carrot oil. It is extracted with the extremely dangerous solvent hexane, and hexane residue will always remain in the product. Hexane has been proven to cause birth defects, DNA damage and cancer.
Ideally, natural beta-carotene (with the source given) should always contain natural Vitamin E, which is a safe preservative.
In cosmetics it is declared as C.I.75130

Note: Cooked carrots are a rich source of beta-carotene. Try to buy only organic carrots as carrots are heavily sprayed with pesticides. Fat or oil from fish, avacado, coconut, nuts or seeds must be eaten at the same time for the body to be able to absorb the beta-carotene and to process it into Vitamin A. Natural beta -carotene cannot be converted into Vitamin A in the body by diabetics, infants and people with gall bladder disorders or thyroid disorders.


E160b Annatto; Bixin; Norbixin Red colour; derived from a tree (bixa orellana); Water soluble annatto contains bixin, a carotenoid and the main colourant which may be interconverted by hydrolysis to norbixin. Water soluble annatto contains sodium or potassium salts of norbixin as the major colourant. Annatto, bixin and norbixin can be used in a great variety of foods due to being either oil or water soluble. Typical products include soft drinks, fruit fillings, cheese, spreads, sauces, oil, cakes, butter, margarine, pastry, crisps, ice cream, ice lollies and smoked fish. Used as a body paint, fabric dye, antibacterial, antioxidant, digestive aid and expectorant; used to dye cereals, snack foods, soaps, textiles and varnishes; known to cause urticaria (nettle rash) and flare-ups of angioneurotic oedema. It is implicated in asthma (containing salicylic acid) and hyperactivity. See Annatto for more information.

E160c Paprika extract; Capsanthian; Capsorubin

E160d Lycopene Lycopene is a natural red colour derived from tomatoes. Banned in some countries.

E160e Beta-apo-8'-carotenal (C30)
E160f Ethyl ester of beta-apo-8'-carotenoic acid (C30)
E161a Flavoxanthin
E161b Lutein
E161c Cryptoaxanthin
E161d Rubixanthin
E161e Violaxanthin
E161f Rhodoxanthin
E161g Canthaxanthin
E162 Beetroot Red; Betanin
E163 Anthocyanins
E170 Calcium carbonate
E171 Titanium dioxide
E172 Iron oxides and hydroxides


E173 Aluminium, as a food additive, is used solely for external decoration where it can be found in the covering of dragées (a bite-sized form of confectionery with a hard outer shell) and the decoration of sugar-coated flour confectionery, in cake decorations and to give a silvery finish to pills and tablets. It is also added to the tap water drinking supply in some areas to remove discoloration and is widely available in antacid treatments. It can also be ingested from soft drinks in aluminium cans used past their sell-by dates, when the aluminium content of the drink has been found to exceed the limits laid down by the EC for drinking water, and by the use of aluminium pots and pans and cooking utensils.

There is an increasing body of evidence to suggest that an accumulation of aluminium in the cells of the nervous system can be toxic as it is found in very high levels in the brain cells of individuals with Alzheimer's disease, accumulated in the neurofibrillary tangles and neuritic plaques, but it is not yet known whether it is a cause or result of the disease. Several studies have also shown that excessive aluminium intake may have adverse effects on the metabolism of phosphorous and calcium in the human body and may induce or intensify skeletal abnormalities such as osteoporosis. Increased urinary excretion of magnesium and calcium has been reported following regular antacid use.

E174 Silver
E175 Gold
E180 Litholrubine BK


E181 Tannic acid, Tannins



Sorbates are added to margarine, dips, cakes, fruit products

E200 Sorbic acid
Can cause headaches and intestine upset.

E202 Potassium sorbate
Can cause headaches and intestine upset.

E203 Calcium sorbate
Can cause headaches and intestine upset.

Benzoates are added to juices, soft drinks, cordials, syrups, medications etc. All the following benzoates can cause headaches, intestine upset. May increase hyperactivity in affected children. Asthmatics sometimes react badly. Be cautious if suffering from any allergies or intolerances. May cause cancer.

E210 Benzoic acid
Sodium benzoate
Potassium benzoate
Calcium benzoate
E214 Ethyl p-hydroxybenzoate
Sodium ethyl p-hydroxybenzoate
Propyl p-hydroxybenzoate
Sodium propyl p-hydroxybenzoate
Methyl p-hydroxybenzoate
Sodium methyl p-hydroxybenzoate

Sulphites are added to dried fruit, fruit drinks, sausages and many other foods. The following sulphites in red can cause headaches, intestine upset, skin disorders and destroys Vitamin B12

E220 Sulphur dioxide
E221 Sodium sulphite
Sodium hydrogen sulphite
Sodium metabisulphite
Potassium metabisulphite
Potassium sulphite
Calcium sulphite
Calcium hydrogen sulphite
E228 Potassium hydrogen sulphite

E230 - E262 can cause headaches, skin disorders and intestinal upsets.

E230 Biphenyl; diphenyl
Orthophenyl phenol
Sodium orthophenyl phenol
Thiabendazole,2-(Thiazol-4-yl) benzimidazole
Formic acid
Sodium formate
Calcium formate

Hexamethylene tetramine May cause cancer
Dimethyl dicarbonate

Nitrites are added to processed meats like bacon, sausages, ham, frozen meals, frozen pizzas, pepperoni, hot dogs, canned soups with meat, ravioli meat dishes etc. Vitamin C naturally found in fresh fruits and vegetables has been shown to help prevent the formation of cancer-causing nitrosamines.

E249 Potassium nitrite Upsets the blood pressure.

E250 Sodium nitrite Sodium nitrate has been strongly linked to the formation of cancer-causing nitrasamines in the human body, leading to a sharp increase in the risk of cancer for those consuming them. A 2005 Hawaii University study found that eating processed meats increased the risk of pancreatic cancer by 67%, whilst another study found that it increased the risk of colorectal cancer by 50%. These are scary numbers for those consuming processed meats on a regular basis. Upsets the blood pressure.

E251 Sodium nitrate Upsets the blood pressure.

E252 Potassium nitrate Upsets the blood pressure.

E260 Acetic acid
E261 Potassium acetate
E262 Sodium acetate

E263 Calcium acetate
E264 Ammonium acetate
E270 Lactic acid

Propionates are added to bread, crumpets, bakery products etc and can cause many adverse effects.

E280 Propionic acid can cause abdominal pain, diarrhoea, headache, nausea and vomiting and stomach ulcers. Contact can cause skin irritation and severely affect the eyes and inhalation can cause nose, throat and lung irritation leading to coughing wheezing and shortness of breath.

E281 Sodium propionate can cause abdominal discomfort, flatulence and nausea

E282 Calcium propionate chronic exposure, especially in children, might induce behavioural changes/

E283 Potassium propionate Very high levels of propionic acid are neurotoxic, due to their effects in children with propionic acidemia. This is a metabolic disease in which propionates cannot be broken down in the body due to an inborn enzyme deficiency, resulting in an accumulation of propionate in the blood. Complications can include arrhythmia, gastrointestinal symptoms, learning disabilities, seizures and recurrent infections and many other health issues.

E284 Boric acid
E285 Sodium tetraborate; borax

E290 Carbon dioxide Can cause stomach upsets.

E296 Malic acid
E297 Fumaric acid
E1105 Lysozyme


E300 Ascorbic acid
E301 Sodium ascorbate
E302 Calcium ascorbate
E303 Potassium ascorbate
E304 Fatty acid esters of ascorbic acid
E306 Tocopherols
E307 Alpha-tocopherol
E308 Gamma-tocopherol
E309 Delta-tocopherol

Synthetic antioxidants are added to margarines, vegetable oils, fried foods, snacks, biscuits etc and can cause eczema.

E310 Propyl gallate

E311 Octyl gallate

E312 Dodecyl gallate

E315 Erythorbic acid
E316 Sodium erythorbate

E319 to E321 may increase hyperactivity in affected children. Asthmatics sometimes react badly. Be cautious if suffering from any allergies or intolerances. Not be suitable for babies. Can affect cholesterol levels.

E319 Tert-ButylHydroQuinone

E320 Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA)

E321 Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)


E420 (i) Sorbitol (ii) Sorbitol syrup

E421 Mannitol may have a laxative effect

E950 Acesulfame K

E951 Aspartame Products that contain aspartame are: Coca Cola and Pepsi drinks, Children’s Tylenol Chewable Tablets, Flintstones Complete Children’s Chewable Vitamins, Metamucil Sugarfree, Breath Savers, Wrigley’s Extra Sugar Free Gum, Kellogg’s All Bran, Chewable Vitamin D supplements, Twin Labs Endurance Quick fix Powder, Calcilyte. There are over 92 health side affects associated with aspartame consumption. Because aspartame can dissolve into solution it can travel throughout the body and deposit in any tissue. Aspartame brings on clinical diabetes and causes convulsions. See the Aspartame Dangers page for more information

E952 Cyclamic acid and its Na and Ca salts
E953 lsomalt
E954 Saccharin and its Na, K and Ca salts
E957 Thaumatin
E959 Neohesperidine DC
E965 (i) Maltitol (ii) Maltitol syrup
E966 Lactitol

Xylitol, often found in chewing gum and breath mints is toxic to dogs. See Nature Cutes For Pets


E322 Lecithins
E400 Alginic acid
E401 Sodium alginate
E402 Potassium alginate
E403 Ammonium alginate
E404 Calcium alginate
E405 Propane-1,2-diol alginate
E406 Agar

E407 Carrageenan Can cause peptic disorder

E407a Processed eucheuma seaweed
E410 Locust bean gum; carob gum

E412 Guar gum is a fibre extracted from the seed of the Guar plant which is a leguminous shrub Cyamopsis tetragonoloba. It contains about 80% of galactomannan, 10% moisture, 10% protein and trace amounts of heavy metals and ash. The amount of these impurities depends on the species, sources and purification process. Some manufacturers promote guar gum as a agent for weight loss because it decreases appetite by providing a "feeling of fullness. Guar gum can swell as much as 20 fold. If an user takes an excessive amount of guar gum powder it may cause obstruction at the oesophagus.

The use of guar gum as an ingredient in non-prescription diet aids was officially banned in the early 1990s by the FDA. It would bind with liquids in the stomach and swell, causing a feeling of satisfying fullness. This swollen mass could also cause dangerous intestinal and duodenal blockages, however. Guar gum was declared unsafe and ineffective for use as a non-prescription diet aid, although it is still used in processed products such as beverages, soups, cottage cheese and some frozen desserts like ice cream and sauces as a food thickener and binder.

Guar gum is used as a laxative. It is also used for treating the following healthj issues:



Irritable bowel syndrome


It is also used for reducing cholesteroland preventing hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis).

In processed foods and beverages, guar gum is used as a thickening, stabilizing, suspending and binding agent. In manufacturing, guar gum is used as a binding agent in tablets and as a thickening agent in lotions and creams.

Guar gum can reduce chemical absorption which means it may also reduce glucose absorption and cause glucose fluctuations. During the fermentation of guar gum in the large intestine, carbon dioxide, fatty acid and hydrogen are produced and they will lower the pH of the medium. Prolonged ingestion of guar gum increased the odds for colorectal cancer in the studies of rats. One group explained that the soluble fibre did not raise distal butyrate concentration high enough to protect the colon from cancer, as butyrate demonstrated to slow the growth of cancer cells cultured in vitro. However, two other studies suggested that guar gum was non-carcinogenic. It has also been found that dietary fibre supplementation with 10% pectin or with 10% guar gum (fed during the promotional stage of carcinogenesis suppressed colon cancer incidence in study of rats. So it is unclear if guar gum promotes cancers or suppresses cancers.

E413 Tragacanth Be cautious if suffering from allergies or intolerances.

E414 Acacia gum; gum arabic
E415 Xanthan gum
E416 Karaya gum
E417 Tara gum
E418 Gellan gum
E425 Konjac
E432 Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monolaurate; Polysorbate 20
E433 Polyoxyethylene sorbitan mono-oleate; Polysorbate 80
E434 Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monopalmitate; Polysorbate 40
E435 Polyoxyethylene sorbitan monostearate; Polysorbate 60
E436 Polyoxyethylene sorbitan tristearate; Polysorbate 65
E440 Pectins
E442 Ammonium phosphatides
E444 Sucrose acetate isobutyrate
E445 Glycerol esters of wood rosins
E460 Cellulose

E461 to E466 can cause peptic disorders

E461 Methyl cellulose

E463 Hydroxypropyl cellulose

E464 Hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose

E465 Ethyl methyl cellulose

E466 Carboxy methyl cellulose

E467 Sodium carboxy methyl cellulose
E468 Crosslinked sodium carboxy methyl cellulose
E469 Enzymatically hydrolysed carboxy methyl cellulose
E470a Sodium, potassium and calcium salts of fatty Acids
E470b Magnesium salts of fatty acids
E471 Mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids
E472a Acetic acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids
E472b Lactic acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids
E472c Citric acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids
E472d Tartaric acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids
E472e Mono- and diacetyltartaric acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids
E472f Mixed acetic and tartaric acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids
E473 Sucrose esters of fatty acids
E474 Sucroglycerides
E475 Polyglycerol esters of fatty acids
E476 Polyglycerol polyricinoleate
E477 Propylene glycol esters of fatty acids
E479b Thermally oxidised soya bean oil interacted with mono and diglycerides of fatty acids
E481 Sodium stearoyl-2-lactylate
E482 Calcium stearoyl-2-lactylate
E483 Stearyl tartrate
E491 Sorbitan monostearate
E492 Sorbitan tristearate
E493 Sorbitan monolaurate
E494 Sorbitan monooleate
E495 Sorbitan monopalmitate
E1103 Invertase


E170 Calcium carbonates
E260 Acetic acid
E261 Potassium acetate
E262 Sodium acetate
E263 Calcium acetate
E270 Lactic acid
E290 Carbon dioxide
E296 Malic acid
E297 Fumaric acid
E325 Sodium lactate
E326 Potassium lactate
E327 Calcium lactate

E330 Citric acid can cause intestinal upset and cancer.

E331 Sodium citrates
E332 Potassium citrates
E333 Calcium citrates

E334 Tartaric acid L-(+) can cause intestinal upset

E335 Sodium tartrates
E336 Potassium tartrates
E337 Sodium potassium tartrate

E338 to E341 can cause peptic disorders

E338 Phosphoric acid

E339 Sodium phosphates

E340 Potassium phosphates

E341 Calcium phosphates

E343 Magnesium phosphates
E350 Sodium malates
E351 Potassium malate
E352 Calcium malates
E353 Metatartaric acid
E354 Calcium tartrate
E355 Adipic acid
E356 Sodium adipate
E357 Potassium adipate
E363 Succinic acid
E380 Triammonium citrate

E385 Calcium disodium ethylene diamine tetra-acetate; calcium disodium EDTA is widely used to dissolve lime scale and can cause mineral imbalance. Known enzyme and blood coagulant inhibitor. Gastrointestinal disturbances, blood in urine, kidney damage and muscle cramps are side effects.

E422 Glycerol
E431 Polyoxyethylene (40) stearate

E450 Diphosphates Can cause peptic disorder

E451 Triphosphates
E452 Polyphosphates
E459 Beta-cyclodextrin
E500 Sodium carbonates
E501 Potassium carbonates
E503 Ammonium carbonates
E504 Magnesium carbonates
E507 Hydrochloric acid
E508 Potassium chloride
E509 Calcium chloride
E511 Magnesium chloride
E512 Stannous chloride
E513 Sulphuric acid
E514 Sodium sulphates
E515 Potassium sulphates
E516 Calcium sulphate
E517 Ammonium sulphate
E520 Aluminium sulphate
E521 Aluminium sodium sulphate
E522 Aluminium potassium sulphate
E523 Aluminium ammonium sulphate
E524 Sodium hydroxide
E525 Potassium hydroxide
E526 Calcium hydroxide
E527 Ammonium hydroxide
E528 Magnesium hydroxide
E529 Calcium oxide
E530 Magnesium oxide
E535 Sodium ferrocyanide
E536 Potassium ferrocyanide
E538 Calcium ferrocyanide
E541 Sodium aluminium phosphate
E551 Silicon dioxide
E 552 Calcium silicate
E553a (i) Magnesium silicate (ii) Magnesium trisilicate
E553b Talc
E554 Sodium aluminium silicate
E555 Potassium aluminium silicate
E556 Aluminium calcium silicate
E558 Bentonite
E559 Aluminium silicate; Kaolin
E570 Fatty acids
E574 Gluconic acid
E575 Glucono delta-lactone
E576 Sodium gluconate
E577 Potassium gluconate
E578 Calcium gluconate

E579 Ferrous gluconate
E585 Ferrous lactate
E620 Glutamic acid

E621 Monosodium glutamate Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a dangerous chemical found in virtually all processed meat products. MSG is a dangerous excitotoxin linked to neurological disorders such as migraine headaches, Alzheimer’s disease, loss of appetite control, obesity and many other serious health conditions. Manufacturers use MSG to add an addictive savoury flavour to dead-tasting processed meat products. Added to flavoured crackers, snacks, takeaways, Chinese foods, instant noodles, soups etc. and can cause headaches, dizziness and chest pains.

E622 Monopotassium glutamate
E623 Calcium diglutamate

E624 Monoammonium glutamate
E625 Magnesium diglutamate
E626 Guanylic acid

E627 Disodium guanylate Added to flavoured crackers, snacks, takeaways, Chinese foods, instant noodles, soups etc. and can cause headaches, dizziness and chest pains.

E628 Dipotassium guanylate
E629 Calcium guanylate
E630 lnosinic acid

E631 Disodium inosinate Added to flavoured crackers, snacks, takeaways, Chinese foods, instant noodles, soups etc. and can cause headaches, dizziness and chest pains.

E632 Dipotassium inosinate
E633 Calcium inosinate
E634 Calcium 5'-ribonucleotides

E635 Disodium 5'-ribonucieotides Added to flavoured crackers, snacks, takeaways, Chinese foods, instant noodles, soups etc. and can cause headaches, dizziness and chest pains.

E640 Glycine and its sodium salt
E650 Zinc acetate
E900 Dimethylpolysiloxane
E901 Beeswax, white and yellow
E902 Candelilla wax
E903 Carnauba wax
E904 Shellac
E905 Microcrystalline wax
E912 Montan acid esters
E914 Oxidised Polyethylene wax
E920 L-Cysteine
E927b Carbamide
E938 Argon
E939 Helium
E941 Nitrogen
E942 Nitrous oxide
E943a Butane
E943b Iso-butane
E944 Propane
E948 Oxygen
E949 Hydrogen
E999 Quillaia extract
E1200 Polydextrose
E1201 Polyvinylpyrrolidone
E1202 Polyvinylpolypyrrolidone

E1223 Methylisothiazolinone (MI or MIT), also known asmethylisothiazoline, is a powerful synthetic biocide and preservative commonly used in a range of consumer personal care products including cosmetics, lotions, moisturisers, mouthwashes, sanitary wipes, shampoos, soaps, sunscreens as well as dish washing-up liquid and paint. It is a cytotoxin that may affect different types of cells and dermatologists have long been concerned about a rise in the number of people having allergic responses to it. It can cause cell and nerve damage and is lethal to mature neurons in the brain due to its ability to liberate zinc from intracellular metal binding sites. The liberated zinc, in turn, triggers a cell death cascade in neurons. Check as other names such as:

Synonyms: MI; 2-Methyl-3(2H)-isothiazolone, 3(2H)-Isothiazolone, 2-methyl-, Caswell No. 572A, 2-Methyl-4-isothiazoline-3-one

Trade Names: KathonCG 243; Kordek 50; Kordek 50C; Kordek MLX; Microcare MT; N-Methylisothiazolin-3-one; N-Methylisothiazolone; Neolone; Neolone 950; NeoloneCapG; Neolone M 10; Neolone M 50; Neolone PE; Optiphen MIT; OriStar MIT; ProClin 150; ProClin 950; SPX; and Zonen MT

E1404 Oxidised starch
E1410 Monostarch phosphate
E1412 Distarch phosphate
E1413 Phosphated distarch phosphate
E1414 Acetylated starch
E1420 Acetylated Starch
E1422 Acetylated distarch adipate
E1440 Hydroxyl propyl starch
E1442 Hydroxy propyl distarch phosphate
E1450 Starch sodium octenyl succinate
E1451 Acetylated oxidised starch
Polyethylene glycol 6000
E1505 Triethyl citrate
E1518 Glyceryl triacetate; triacetin
E1520 Propan-1,2-diol; propylene glycol

Sudan Scarlet Red Food Dye

Red Sudan dyes have been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals and these findings could also be significant for human health. Because Sudan dyes may contribute to the development of cancer in people they are not considered safe to eat.But there is no immediate risk of illness. At the levels found the risk is likely to be very small but an accumulation over a long period of time could prove fatal.

The UK Food Standards Agency is working with local authorities to stop all products containing Sudan dyes (this includes Sudan I, Sudan II, Sudan III and Sudan IV – otherwise known as scarlet red) from being sold in the UK. It is also asking companies that produce and sell these products to make sure they are withdrawn and recalled.

Cargoes of dried and crushed or ground chilli and curry powders coming into any country in the EU must be accompanied by a certificate showing they have been tested and found to be free of Sudan dyes. Random sampling is also being carried out at ports and by local authorities. All consignments found to contain these dyes are destroyed.

The problem is if people order online from abroad the product they buy may not have been through any safety tests so always check any food items you purchase online to make sure it does not contain red food dye.


Through stools, urine, tears and sweat the body rids itself of toxins like synthetic food additives that would otherwise build up and lead to sickness and disease. Fevers and skin eruptions are a natural part of the cleansing process and shouldn't be suppressed. Cleansing allows the body to restore balance and occurs when imbalance is too great and threatens health and life. Ingesting live organic natural plant foods encourages this process. Visit the Cleanse and Detoxify page to find out which natural foods can help the body clean itself inside and out.


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