A guide to the safety of food additives

The problem is that for every article or posting offered on the internet that says something is unsafe and should be avoided, there is another that can be easily found that says the identical substance could be consumed in large quantities. Now I know this will amaze you, but over the years I have found that the positive reviews are sometimes written by doctors (MDs or PhDs) that work for the company making or selling the additive. Articles waving consumers off have often been authored by scientists with competing financial interests.

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Occupational Mortality Database

We don’t know of any popcorn plants in Washington State that use the chemical butter flavoring diacetyl, but the state’s Occupational Mortality Database show that over the past 50 years, cooks, chefs and candy makers, who often use the flavoring agent, have died of respiratory disease at a rate significantly higher than expected.

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Removing additives could be harmful

Numerous studies have documented the negative effects of food additives. Most recently a study linked some coloring agents to hyperactivity in children. But the British Nutrition Foundation’s Nutrition Bulletin said the effects of removing additives altogether could be much worse.

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