List Of Approved But Maybe Harmful Food Additives And Their Numbers

Some Food Additives , such as Riboflavin and Ascorbid acid, can have a beneficial effect on the health. These things are food components.

However, many chemicals added to our food, such as preservatives, colourings and flavourings,  are extremely harmful.  Some are proven carcinogens, while some are suspected of causing things like high blood pressure, migraines, alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, diabetes, and even obesity.

I made sure that I never gave my children commercial products which had any chemical additives in them when they were young.  I think that this is very important in bringing up children today – there is an even greater use of preservatives in food nowadays than there was when I had my children at home.  These poisons are extremely deleterious to the health, and especially to the growing child.

At the very least, some of the  food additives  listed below can have an immediate negative effect on your emotional and mental function.  They can so easily upset the balance of bacteria in the bowel, leading to the proliferation of the ‘bad’ organisms, such as candida albicans which causes yeast infectins.  They can lower your immunity to disease.

Nowadays, as I have just discovered,  I find I cannot eat quantities of cottage cheese because of the preservatives and thickeners which are added to most brands.  Even a well-known Aussie ‘naturally brewed’ has preservatives added to it, which I have found cause headaches and fluid retention.

Recently, I sampled some ginger beer and cottage cheese at a friend’s picnic party. The result next day was similar to a hang-over, with a massive headache, slow brain function and a slight puffiness of the flesh which warns me that the kidneys have taken some punishment.

I am now fasting on home made lemon and ginger root drinks, with some of my cousin’s beautiful New Zealand bush honey added to them. (Actually – cousins’ – there are two of these lovely people who have a farm down at Waikino, where you will find the proverbial ‘land of milk and honey’)

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So – what was in these two foods which I had yesterday?  I see immediately that the cottage cheese and the ginger beer both have the same preservative added.  So that probably means that I have consumed much more than what would be considered to be a ‘safe’ dose.

The Ginger Beer Contains good things such as root ginger, natural flavours, and Ascorbic acid, or Vitamin C.  But it also contains some harmful things, which would negate the ‘goodness’ of the ginger, etc. – These potentially harmful chemicals are the preservatives  202 and 211.  202 is Potassium sorbate.  211 is Sodium benzoate.

The Cottage Cheese Contains the same preservative –  202,  which is Potassium sorbate, and Thickeners 407 and 1422.  407 is the thickener Carrageenan which is a natural product, but which causes reactions in some people, so I have read.  The thickener 1422 I am unfamiliar with at this stage.

Anyhow – I am reminded of the fact that it is still imp;ortant for me to be vigilant about keeping foods which have harmful preservatives in them out of my diet.  When you are looking after young children, I think it is easier to remain conscious of food additives, and to keep them out.  When you get older and have no dependents any more, then it is easy to become slack and think that a little bit of this or that will not hurt.  But this is a bad attitude, I know.

So – A List of Common Food Additives and Their Numbers, taken from Rosemary Stanton’s ‘ ‘Health & Energy Cookbook’ with added information from other sources.

Colourings – generally, these are the numbers from 100 through to 163.  Many colourings can contribute to hyperactivity in children, attention deficit disorder, and depression in adults.  They are best avoided.

100 – Curcumin

101 – Riboflavin (natural vitamin)

102 – Tartrazine

107 – Yellow 2G

110 – Sunset Yellow FCF

120 – Cochineal, carminic acid  (Cochineal is a colouring which used to be derived from the cochineal beetle, but now it is an artificial form which may have side effects)

122 – Carmoisine

123 – Amaranth  (This used to be from the plant itself, but I think it is now a synthetic form,  which is not good)

124 – Brilliant scarlet 4R

127 – Erythrosine

132 – Indigo carmine

133 – Brilliant blue FCF

140 – Chlorophylls (natural)

142 – Green S

150 – Caramel

151 – Brilliant black BN

153 – Cholcolate brown HT

160 – Carotenoids (natural)

160-a – Carotene, alpha-, beta-, gamma-

160-b – Annato (bixin, norbrixin)

160-e – Beta-apo-8′ carotenal

160-f – Ethyl ester of beta-apo-8′ carotenoic acid

161 – Xanthophylls

161-g – Canthaxanthine

162 – Beetroot red, betanin (I think this one is also synthetically produced now, which may have side effects)

163 – Anthocyanins

170 – Calcium carbonate

171 – Titanium dioxide

172 – Iron oxides and hydroxides

Preservatives – generally, the numbers from 200 to 250 are the common preservatives:

200 – Sorbic acid

201 – Sodium sorbate

202 – Potassium sorbate

203 – Calcium sorbate

210 – Benzoic acid

211 – Sodium benzoate

212 – Potassium benzoate

213 – Calcium benzoate

220 – Sulphur dioxide

221 – Sodium sulphite

222 – Sodium bisulphate

223 – Sodium metabisulphite22

224 – Potassium metabisulphite

234 – Nisin

249 – Potassium nitrite

250 – Sodium nitrite

251 – Sodium nitrate

252 – Potassium nitrate

260 – Acetic acid

261 – Potassium acetate

262 – Sodium acetates

263 – Calcium acetate

270 – Lactic acid (natural food acid)

280 – Propionic acid

281 – Sodium propionate

282 – Calcium propionate

283 – Potassium propionate

290 – Carbon dioxide

296 – Malic acid

297 – Fumaric acid

300 – Ascorbid acid (a natural food component)

301 – Sodium ascorbate

306 – Tocopherol-rich extracts from natural food sources – a safe additive

307 – Synthetic alpha-tocopherol

308 – Synthetic gamma-tocopherol

309 – Synthetic delta-tocopherol

310 – Propyl gallate

311 – Octyl gallate

312 – Dodecyl gallate

320 – Butylated hydroxy-anisole (BHA)

321 – Butylated hydroxy-toluene (BHT)

322 – Lecithin (from natural food source – usually soy beans – egg yolk are rich in lecithin)

325 – Sodium Lactate

326 – Potassium lactate

327 – Calcium lactate

330 – Citric acid (naturally occurring)

331 – Sodium citrates

334 – Tartaric acid

335 – Sodium tartrates

336 – Potassium tartrates

337 – Sodium potassium tartrate

339 – Sodium orthophosphates

340 – Potassium orthophosphates

341 – Calcium orthophosphates

350 – Sodium malates

351 – Potassium malates

352 – Calcium malates

353 – Metatartaric acid

354 – Calcium tartrate

355 – Adipic acid

363 – Succinic acid

380 – Tri-ammonium citrate

400 – Alginic acid

401 – Sodium alginate

402 – Potassium alginate

403 Ammonium alginate

404 – Calcium alginate

405 – Propylene glycol alginate

406 – Agar (from sea-weed)

407 Carrageenan (naturally occurring in moss)

410 – Locust bean gum (natural)

412 – Guar gum (natural)

413 – Tragacanth (natural)

414 – Acacia

415 – Xanthan gum (natural)

416 – Karay gum (natural)

420 – Sorbitol

421 – Mannitol

422 – Glycerol

433 – Polyoxythylene (20) sorbitan mono-oleate

435 – Polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan-mono-stearat436 – Polyoxythylene (20) sorbitan tristearate

440-1 – Pectin (naturally occurring in apples and in the seeds of pip fruit, and citrus fruit)

442 – Ammonium phosphatides

450 – Sodium and potassium polyphosphates

460 – Microcrystalline cellulose (powdered cellulose)

461 – Methylcellulose

464 – Hydroxypropyl-methylcellulose

465 – Ethylmethylcellulose

466 – Sodium carboxy-methylcellulose

471 – Mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids

472-e – Mono and diacetyltartaric acid esters of mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids

473 – Sucrose esters of fatty acids

475 – Polyglycerol esters of fatty acids

476 – Polyglycerol polyricinoleate

481 – Sodium stearoyl-2-lactylate

492 – Calcium stearoyl-2-lactylate

491 – Sorbitan monostearate

500 – Sodium carbonates

501 – Potassium carbonates

503 – Ammonium carbonates

504 – Magnesium carbonate

508 – Potassium chloride

509 – Calcium chloride

529 – Calcium oxide

536 – Poatassium ferrocyanide

541 – Sodium aluminium phosphate

551 – Silicon dioxide

553-b – Talc

554 – Sodium aluminium silicate

558 – Bentonite

559 – Kaolins

570 – Stearic acid

572 – Magnesium stearate

575 – Glucono deltalactone

621 – Monosodium glutamate

627 – Sodium guanylate

631 – Sodium inosinate

637 – Ethyl maltol

900 – Dimethylpoly-siloxane

901 – Beeswax (safe)

903 – Carnauba wax

904 – Shellac

905 – Paraffins

902 – L-Cysteine and its hydrochlorides

924 – Potassium bromate

925 – Chlorine

926 – Chlorine dioxide

Note:  Since this list was approved by the National Health and Medical Research Council in Australia, some of these items may have been deleted from the ‘safe’ list.




Causes Of Dizziness Can Be Environmental and Lazy Bowels

Drugs Or Detox:

Dizzy Spells Can Be Caused By Chemical Poisoning

There is an advertisement which has been running for several weeks now on New Zealand television.  This is an ad put on by ‘Sovereign’ NZ doctors, which encourages people to go and see their doctor or one of their many specialists.

That is all very well – we all need to see a doctor sometimes for emergency situations, such as an injury, and sometimes for genuine long-standing health complaints. Sometimes people really do need to take long term medication.

However, I dislike this advertisement particularly because it gives the impression that medications are the answer for very common complaints – blurred vision with  dizzy spells and dropping things.  These three are all suffered by the fit-looking young man in the ad.

Blurred vision, with dizzy spells and dropping things could mean that you have  a middle ear infection, or some terrible disease like a brain tumour, or diabetes,  or even multiple sclerosis or cancer.  In these cases, you would need a doctor or a health professional,  however, this is not the most likely scenario for most people.

The youngish man pictured in the ad, who says he had blurred vision with dizzy spells and  who was dropping things eight months ago,  probably does not have these things at all.  For a start, he is an actor, but seriously, his said complaints would most  likely be caused by factors which could be avoided or reversed. A simple detox diet, might be the answer.  Or avoidance of exposure to elcetro-magnetic waves – transformers, cell-phones –  keeping a distance from cell-phone towers and high tension wires – things like that.

This really is the crux of my argument:  That more doctors should be looking towards life-style and  environmental factors in treating disease.  Chemicals in the environment, as well as radiation from cell phones, towers and electricity transformers, are responsible for most conditions of disease.  Disease is not a random thing which ‘strikes’ people down.  Disease is something which can be cured by cleansing the system as in a detox diet, adopting a healthy diet, and avoiding  the use  of harmful chemicals and anything else which harms the body.

Prevention is Better Than Cure: At the first sign of blurred vision, dizzy spells and dropping things, remedial  health measures should be taken which will eliminate them.

Taking a medication to mask the situation so that you can carry on poisoning yourself will give you a worse condition in the end. Cancer or other degenerative disease is likely to set in.

The cause of the problem will be allowed to carry on doing its destruction to your body if you take prescription medicine.  Drugs will simply compound the toxic problem, and give you the illusion that all is well.

Chemical Poisoning: Most otherwise healthy people should first consider the possibility that some sort of chemical poisoning, or auto intoxication through bad bowel elimination, not enough exercise, inadequate sleep, or deficiencies in the diet, might be causing dizzy spells.   Any one, or a combination of these things, can lead to your body and brain becoming fatigued, and this could be the reason for those dizzy spells with blurred vision, and dropping things.

Poisons in the intestines, and contact with toxic chemicals, do affect our health profoundly: Contact with insecticides can cause blurred vision and dizzy spells. Autointoxication, as in stored toxins in the liver and bowel, can cause blurred vision, dizzy spells and dropping things.

Chemical Poisoning in New Zealand:  Here is an example of how some chemicals cause a common complaint:  Many people in New Zealand are given medications for sinus and hayfever during spring and summer, as if this is an inherent condition which they HAVE to take medicine for. ‘Pollen’ is blamed in every case.

But the fact is that the period when the pollen is flying is exactly the time when, in New Zealand, anyway, spray is being poured on our soil in a big way.  City councils spray roadside verges and pavement areas, and park grounds, to kill weeds.  Farmers and fruit-growers are beginning their spraying programmes at this time. Householders will often get out their spray guns and spread poison around the garden. People fumigate their houses with carcenogenic toxic insecticides to get rid of spiders, ants and cockroaches.

So the pollen in the air is contaminated by many, many sources, and by many different chemicals which are harmful to insects and to ourselves, our children, and our pets.

The average person, and most doctors, blame pollen every time.  Insecticide and herbicide use is conveniently ignored.  This is great news for the chemcial manufacturers, and the drug companies:  One feeds off the damage of the other.  The chemical companies carry on  making their chemicals and making their profit, while  the drug companies  make their money out of people getting sick after the use of chemicals.

To suggest that a young person who has dizzy spells and drops things needs medication, most probably long term,  prescribed by one of ‘sovereign’s ‘specialists’ is irresponsible.  We need Jamie Oliver here to show these doctors a thing or two, I reckon.

Detox Diets:  There are sensible things which you can do to eliminate poisons from the body and get the digestive system and intestines functioning properly again.  A colon cleanse can do wonders for your health, because accumulated poisons are elminated quickly via this method.

Avoid Harmful Chemcials:  This is one way that you can improve your health dramatically, and help to avoid disease like cancer, multiple sclerosis, arthritis and the like.

Get Yourself Well: People need to be educated into doing the right thing for their health.  Taking a medicine is usually NOT the answer, as this does not address the root cause of the problem, or problems.  Any one of the ‘natural medicine’  practitioners will take a good look at why you are unwell, and try to fix the problem, rather than mask it with a drug.

Taking more drugs to add to those toxic chemicals already stored in the body will only invite  cancer and other degenerative disease to settle in.

Naturopathy, ayurvedic medicine, chinese medicine, herbal remedies, acupuncture or homeopathy will  all attempt to cure your dizziness or other health complaints without the need to take drugs for the rest of your life. It may be that you still need to see a doctor if detox measures and diet do not work, but there is a good chance that they will.

Practitioners of alternative therapies look to the cause of the complaint and go from there.

Detoxifying the body,  and getting the digestive system and intestines functioning properly again is usually the start of the getting well process.  An appropriate diet is given.  Suitable exercises, enough rest, and an adjustment to the life style, avoiding anything harmful, are all advocated.

Prevention is Better Than Cure

Avoid Taking Medication For The Rest Of Your Life:  Get Yourself Well. Some people might really have some serious disease which needs a doctor’s or a specialist’s attention.  But for most people, this scenario of having to take a medication indefinitely can be avoided.  The answer is to take action early enough:  Address the causes of the complaints right away, rather than take a medicine to mask the symptoms.

Possible Causes Of Those Dizzy Spells

  • Chemical Poisoning:  Chemcials  in our environment are number one.  Herbicides, pesticides and all toxic chemcials cause ill health.  Often dizziness is an early sign of toxicity or a reaction to a chemcial.  You should look at your work environment as well as your home environment and try to eliminate contact with any toxic chemicals. Petrol, brake fluid, engine oil, oven cleaners, strong disinfectants, are all capable of producing dizzy spells and making you sick.  Brake fluid and products with formaldehyde in them will very quckly give you dizzy spells and cause you to drop things.  These chemicals are very weakening to the body, the brain, and the immune system.
  • Inadequate fiber in the diet, and not enough alkaline greens, not enough fresh fruit and vegetables, can cause dizzy spells.  This is because toxins gather in the bowel if they are not eliminated properly.  From there, they get reabsorbed back into the blood stream via the walls of the colon.
  • Not enough water or liquid such as herbal teas.
  • Too much coffee can dehydrate the body, which leaves the intestines with inadequate water to process the food and eliminate waste.  Excessive coffee drinking also depletes your body of minerals and vitamins and kills off the beneficial bacteria in the bowel.
  • Chemicals and preservatives in your food can cause many disturbances of the body and brain:   sluggish digestion and dizziness and headaches are some of the first symptoms.
  • Inadequate iron and inadequate Vitamin B, especially Vitamin B6 and 12, can cause dizziness and weakness.
  • Antioxidants can help you detoxify:  Extra Vitamin C can help reduce toxins in the body,  and help you to eliminate toxins quickly through the intestines.  Large doses of Calcium ascorbate, Vitamin C, has been found to be effective in treating cancer and in cancer prevention.  It is recommended by many therapists and many doctors, for treating serious disease.

The trouble with modern medicine is that it works hand in glove with the drug companies who make medicines, and these people want you to believe that you simply need one of their expensive drugs.  If you are on it for the rest of your life, then this benefits the drug companies, the specialists and doctors to whom you have given your trust.

There ARE many good doctors out there:  But the impression given by the sovereign ad is that taking a medication is all that is needed, rather than fixing the cause.