The inevitable result of a diet high in refined starches is a decrease in the consumption of fiber. lack of fiber in the diet is responsible for sluggish bowels, constipation, in worst cases it can also lead to colon cancer. A whole diet with plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits provide sufficient fiber.
Excess saturated fat leads to obesity, cardiac disease and a host of other disorders. Too much refined food leads to increase in high cholesterol levels. Bland food which has less oil and spices is not that palatable. The result is an increased intake of fats. Consumption of more dairy products and fatty meats are major culprits.
FOOD PRESERVATIVES AND ADDITIVES: Manufacturers add preservatives mostly to prevent spoilage during the time of transportation. Food additives help maintain the freshness and shelf life of such food products because without them they would spoil quickly due to exposure to air, moisture, bacteria. Either natural or synthetic substances may be added to avoid or delay these problems.
Food additives are used to maintain consistency and protect from spoilage.
Due to more intake of refined and processed food people also face problems like constipation, indigestion, sometimes loose stools too, etc.
WHICH ADDITIVES RESULT IN SIDE EFFECTS ?
Sulphur dioxide and sodium benzoate cause tightness in chest in individuals who have asthma. Many people also complain of scratchy feeling at the back of their throats.
FOODS THAT CONTAIN SULPHUR DIOXIDE AND SODIUM BENZOATE:
- Some fruit juices
- Concentrated soft drinks
- Dried fruits
- Some sauces
- Hamburger patties
- Foods with fruit.
COLORANTS: Colorants may be natural or synthetic. Some foods that contain colorants:
- Fruit juices
- Soft drinks
SWEETENERS: The artificial sweetener aspartame may cause rashes or hives in sensitive individuals. This sweetner is added to many "low calorie" foods.
POINTS TO REMEMBER:
- Read all the food labels carefully.
- Keep a diary of what you eat and when reactions occur, to look for a pattern..
- Preservatives and additives cause chemical reactions and due to this allergy take place.
- There are no reliable tests to confirm sensitivity to these chemicals.