6 Food Additives That Can Impair Mental Health


Food additives have been implicated with the onset of a number of mental health problems.  There are over 3,000 food additives approved by the FDA that are in processed foods.  Read food labels and try and stay away from the following 6 food additives:

  • Aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet) – Aspartame is found in diet sodas and low-calorie and diet foods. Animal studies reveal a high incidence of brain tumors.  Aspartame has also been associated with psychiatric disorder such as panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder as well as aggravating memory problems.
  • BHA and BHT – These food additive keeps oils from going rancid and in foods to preserve freshness. Animal studies found BHT caused various disorders such as cancer, reduced body weight, increased blood cholesterol, and birth defects.  BHA was found to cause cancerous tumors in rat’s fore-stomachs.  Some people reported that symptoms of anxiety and depression subsided when BHA and BHT were discontinued.
  • Food Coloring – There are 7 artificial food colorings added to our food supply. Studies show that food coloring aggravates ADHD symptoms.
  • Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil – This if found in margarine, vegetable shortening, crackers, cookies, baked goods, and salad dressings. The process to make hydrogenated vegetable oil creates trans fats that promote heart disease, diabetes and depression.
  • MSG – MSG is used to enhance flavor in packaged foods like soups, salad dressings, sausages, hot dogs, canned tuna and potato chips. MSG causes sensitive neurons to die and has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
  • Sodium Nitrite (Sodium Nitrate) – This additive is used in bacon, ham, hot dogs, luncheon meats, corn beef, smoked fish and other processed and cured meats as a preservative, coloring and for flavoring. It can cause cancer, obstructive pulmonary disease as well as memory loss, depression, anxiety, and fatigue.

It is important to note that not all manufactures used these food additives.  Read food labels and look for a different variety or enjoy certified organic foods since a majority of organic foods do not contain these additives.

Remember to consult with your physician before making any changes to your health regime.

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Published by AskDrCris

Hi, I'm Dr. Crystal Green Brown, Ph.D. (aka Dr. Cris). I'm the owner of Ask Dr. Cris, the Spiritual Life Coach & Speaker LLC, which is a full-service Career, Education, Health, Wellness & Nutrition Consulting firm that assists businesses, educational institutions, organizations, individual clients, and students who are in need of transitioning your career, identifying your purpose in life or desiring to live a healthier more spiritual-enriched life. Through my website AskDrCris.com, you can learn more about my #1 best selling book Visual Prayer: How to Create a Spiritual Vision Board or my other popular dietary book How to be Schoolgirl Skinny. You can also SHOP AskDrCris for other books and spiritual gifts. Through my AskDrCris Blog, you will receive weekly updates on career tips, learn details on manifesting your vision through the spiritual vision board process, in addition to education, health, wellness, and nutrition tips. My intention is to provide spiritual guidance and suggestions that will guide followers with insight on living and maintaining a more prosperous, healthy, and blessed life.

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