Additives seems to be in everything we eat these days. Many of the foods that we think are healthy contain additives that can actually be extreemly unhealthy, espeically to your gut. Food additives called emulsifiers may keep snacks fresh and looking like their label but they can impact gut health. According to the research, these additives disrupt the intestine’s protection from bacteria and boost inflammation in mice, scientists report online February 25 in Nature.
We are not mice, but if these rodent’s gastrointestinal track can’t handle the food additive it’s pretty clear that ours may be in even worse shape. Emulsifiers help many foods we eat stay fresh, but not our stomach lining. You can find them anywhere from crackers, ice cream, salad dressing, pasta sauce, bread and cookies, essentially products that stay on the shelves in your supermarket. They help foods bind and maintain freshness.
Problems with Food Additives
Researchers tested to see if additives play a role in the disruption of the GI tract and fed emulsifiers to mice for 12 weeks. The mice put on weight and made proteins that signal inflammation.
Tests showed that bacteria had penetrated the layer of mucus that normally protects the cells lining the gut with a diet heavy in emulsifiers. This mucus layer also became thinner. In humans and mice this leads bacteria to penetrate. Diseases associated with inflammation include Crohn’s Disease, IBS, and metabolic syndrome. Here are other side effects with food additives, including emulsifiers by the FDA: Food Additives.
We see poor diet and gut health in many of our clients making it difficult to absorb nutrients from their diets and their supplementation. With the right diet, supplements and gut health, mental and physical health follow suit. You can learn more about testing your brain and body with us at Neurogistics. You can also look for foods that are perishable, and ingredients that you can’t pronounce to help you sear clear of emulsifiers and food additives.
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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant. Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.
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