Poisons in Your Unborn Baby's Food
by Dr. Christine H.
Many additives in the food you eat may be very
to your health. And since what you eat, you feed to your unborn baby,
the chemicals that are harmful to you are going to harm your baby.
Take, for example, the artificial sweetener
also known as Nutrasweet. Aspartame can cause birth defects, central
nervous system disturbances, menstrual difficulties, brain damage in
phenylketonurics, seizures, death and a long list of other reactions
too numerous to mention. It may cause irreversible health damage over
the long term. Aspartame was approved and claimed safe by a specially
appointed FDA Commissioner after his own Board of Inquiry that
investigated aspartame claimed it unsafe. This FDA Commissioner later
left the FDA to work for the drug company that produces aspartame.
Brominated vegetable oil (BVO), BHA and BHT also
birth defects. BVO is found in a very popular sports drink. Besides
birth defects, it is linked to major organ system damage and growth
problems. It is considered unsafe by the FDA, but still has not been
banned. BHA and BHT are commonly found in crackers and cereals. In
addition to birth defects, they can also cause liver and kidney damage,
behavioral problems, infertility, weakened immune system and cancer.
Infants, young children, pregnant women and those sensitive to aspirin
are especially susceptible to harm from these additives. BHT has been
banned in England, but it is still in use in the United States.
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) and free glutamate are
enhancers considered safe by the FDA. MSG may cause a variety of
symptoms, including headaches, itching, high blood pressure and
allergic reactions. Free glutamate, the active ingredient in MSG, may
cause dizziness, shortness of breath, headaches, drowsiness and even
brain damage, especially in children. Because of bad publicity, food
manufacturers found ways to hide MSG in foods they produce. They list
the ingredients that contain MSG but not the MSG itself. Or they use
free glutamates instead of MSG. For example, broth may be listed as an
ingredient on a label. Broth may contain MSG, but the ingredients in
the broth are not required to be listed on the label. Hydrolyzed soy
protein, a common ingredient in tuna, is high in free glutamates, but
does not contain MSG. The label can legally say no MSG.
Even if the label says "all natural ingredients"
preservatives," the product could contain harmful additives. Almost all
packaged foods ─ even so called "health foods" ─ have additives in
them, and many are harmful or inadequately tested. The manufacturer
hopes you'll think these are healthy natural products, but if you read
the list of ingredients, you'll find ingredients that are not common
food items. If you learn to interpret food labels, you'll find that
many of these ingredients are harmful or of questionable safety.
So, how do you know which foods are safe to eat?
Dr. Christine Farlow, in her handy pocket-sized book, FOOD ADDITIVES: A Shopper's Guide To What's
Safe & What's Not,
now in its 2004 revised edition, makes it easy to identify which
additives are harmful and which are not. She classifies 800 commonly
used food additives according to safety, whether they may cause
allergic reactions and if they are Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS)
by the FDA. In just seconds, the average person can find out if an
additive in the food they're buying is harmful to their health. It's
clear, concise and easy to use. Make this book your constant grocery
shopping companion and you'll never again wonder about the safety of
the ingredients listed on the package. You'll know.
Dr. Christine H.
Farlow, D.C. is a
chiropractor, nutritionist and author. She has helped thousands improve
their health through nutrition. For more information on food additives
and healthy eating, visit http://www.healthyeatingadvisor.com
or contact Dr. Farlow.
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