10 Dangerous Chemicals You Eat Daily From Fast Food
List of 10 Risky Chemicals Found in Fast Food
- Sodium Nitrate
- Trans Fats
- Propyl Gallate
- Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
- Potassium bromate
- Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)
- Acesulfame potassium
- Sulfur dioxide
Health Hazards And Issues From Fast Food Chemicals
1, Sodium Nitrate
Sodium nitrate is a dangerous chemical compound, a type of salt soluble in water. It is widely used fast food preparation with meat is causing cancers. Research studies proved that it will cause DNA damage and increased cellular degeneration. It also have relation in diseases like Alzheimer’s, diabetes mellitus and Parkinson’s etc. Avoid the use of cured meats containing sodium nitrate. Another health problems from this dangerous chemicals includes gastric cancer, esophageal cancer, colorectal cancer etc. Avoid use of all food item containing processed meat including burgers, sandwich etc. It is giving extra red color to the meat may misunderstand as healthy and fresh meat. Over use of this chemical adversely affect with the functioning of pancreas and liver.
2, Trans Fats
The deadly chemical is rich in hamburger sandwich, biscuit, chips, pop corn etc. It will cause obesity and various heart diseases. Trans-isomer fatty acids, or trans fats are unsaturated type of fat which can be easily created through many artificial methods. Increase intake of trans fats cause coronary heart diseases by raising the level of bad cholesterol (LDL) and lowering our good cholesterol (HDL) in body. In many processed beef and dairy products this is found in excess amounts. Trans fats are used widely in restaurants for shortenings of deep-frying in order to use oils for a long time. Other associated problems with this includes Alzheimer’s, breast cancer, diabetes, increase weight gain and abdominal fat, liver dysfunction, behavioral aggression and irritability, depression, infertility etc.
Olestra or Olean is a fat substitute that was earlier believed god one because that adds no fat, calories, or cholesterol to products. Most commonly found in potato chips. Lay’s, Pringles, Kellogg,s chips contains this harmful chemical. It will cause abdominal cramps, loose stools, inhibit the absorption of good vitamins (vitamin A, D, E, K). The excessive consumption of these things even in a short period of time produce these harmful effects. Olestra is unapproved for sale in most of foreign countries but it is till in India and some others regions. It will not help you to loose weight or aid in your diet rather than it cause weight gain and then permanent obesity.
4, Propyl Gallate
Propyl Gallate is another harmful anti oxidant which is adding so commonly in foods containing oils and fats to prevent oxidation. Studies shows that it having a string estrogen antagonist effect. Most commonly found in many chewing gum, vegetable oils, potato sticks, processed meat contained fast food etc. Please avoid using these items because these are highly carcinogenic specially causing colorectal and gastric cancers. This food additive also found in various cosmetics, hair products, adhesives and lubricants.
5, Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is famous as Chinese salt found most frequently in almost all fast food items to give attractive flavor and odor for food. this deadly flavor enhancer blends and rounds the total perception of other tastes which results in excessive consumption of unhealthy fast food. Avoid fast food items contains this includes mainly meat, fish, poultry, many vegetables, sauces, soups, and marinades. Most commonly Chinese foods rich in this but now a days almost all restaurants use this for benefits of flavor. The serious side effects from this chemical includes hypertension, heart diseases and stroke. Various studies shows that is causes obesity, depression, vision problem etc.
Aspartame a highly dangerous artificial sweetener widely used for substituting with sugar in some foods and many beverages. Never Go for this artificial sweetener in order to loose weight by containing sugar it will offer adverse effects like weight gain and obesity. This chemical is 200 times sweeter than the table sugar or sucrose. In many food items which is labelled as sugar free contains this harmful chemicals. Adverse effects includes neurological or psychiatric symptoms includes seizures, head ache, mood changes etc. Various studies supports it cause cancer and other digestive problems. Aspartame must be avoided by people with genetic condition PKU (Phenylketonuria).
7, Potassium bromate
Potassium bromate appear as white crystals or powder which is used in large scale as flour improver. It cause the flour during food preparation giving more rising and strengthener the dough. Most common component of baking bread and must avoid repetitive use of such items. It also found in malt barley. The harmful effects cause cancers of various organs. Adversely affect your kidney functioning too. Potassium bromate use and contained food items banned in countries like European union, Canada, Brasil, Sri Lanka, China etc.
8, Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)
Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) widely used in many fast food for its anti oxidant properties. This harmful food additive widely seen in the potato chips and chewing gum. Avoid such food items and while purchasing only choose those brands without the use of Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT). Certain studies shows it causing various type of cancers and digestive problems in excessive amounts. It is also found in many cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, oils, fuels etc.
9, Acesulfame potassium
Acesulfame K is a white crystalline powder widely used in beverages and in some sweet flavor rich foods. The chemical is 200 times sweeter than our common table sugar. Adversely affecting the functioning of thyroid gland too. In many baked sweet food and carbonated drink it is adding to increase the shelf life and sweetness. It is highly cancerous and studies proves it affect the pregnant women by adverse effect on the prenatal development. Another health issues from this are neurometabolic function problems, impairment of cognitive function etc. Avoid frequent use of sweet rich beverages and snacks.
10, Sulfur dioxide
Sulfur dioxide is found widely in carbonated drinks, beer, dry fruits, vine, packed potato items-chips, packed fruit juices etc. This is more harmful tot he children than the adults. Adverse effects includes asthma, bronchitis, vitamin deficiency etc. It destroys ad prevents absorption of vitamin E, B1 which will adversely affect the growth and development also. In many dried fruits like apricot, figs sulfur dioxide is a major content as preservatives.