Food additives that are "generally recognized as safe" could be anything but — they present risks that may be as dangerous as any of the added sugar and fat. Americans consume more processed and packaged food than just about anyone else in the world. Processed foods, many of which contain added sugar , preservatives and chemical additives, are hard-wired into our food system, and make up the majority of the American diet.
Anticaking agents in some salt, some spices, and other powdered food can cause health problems. According to Dr. Leonard Coldwell, anti caking agents contain silic dioxide. It can lead to scratches or plaque in your arteries.
Health officials urge families to limit the amount of processed foods. When addittives are added, the product becomes low in critical nutrients and fibors. And high in sodium, fats, and calories.
The most popular chemical additives in the food industry today are benzoates, nitrites, sulphites and sorbates. These additives kill and prevent molds and yeast from growing on food. Sulfur dioxide is the most common man-made preservative; it acts as a bleaching agent in food. There are more than 300 additives used today.