EE or mysterious Eck in food

In the most recent purchase, I stalked the aisles of major grocery stores and read a composition of different products that I wanted to save to your basket. In many containers are literally teeming number of mysterious substances called either directly in the name of a chemical compound, or hidden under the E + number, foods or spices but definitely not resemble. Buy? Not to buy?

Probably not possible ... for a mere mortal to know what is behind each of the most mysterious substances, it is harmful to health, and how .. So I made my footsteps kid stuff ...


Es, so-called additive or food additives are added to the dishes for two reasons .. to be attractive to the customer, so that the food lasted longer and were not subject to deterioration effects of mold, rancidity, fermentation, etc., make us smell better, tasted better to us, so we liked to look at .. simply that the customer most satisfied with the product that you bring home .. and the benefit of the manufacturer, that the manufacturer had also the lowest cost with the production of the food. Thus far, I fully understand the situation .. But the question is, what the actual price paid by the customer for a light blue ice cream flavored with mango, papaya and figs, for yogurt, which will last 2 months in the refrigerator or canned pork sausages with a 2-year shelf life on the packaging tells us that containing 12 % pork. How we pay for durability, color, taste and smell?

There is no doubt that the topic of food additives is a matter of perspective. There are many of their supporters, even a lot of doctors will tell you that more or less is nothing to worry if you're not allergic. Personally, I do not share this view fully, as I said my plain common sense, I see no reason why I should be showering her body chemical compounds of unknown origin and uncertain effect on my body.
But the problem is that when you take your hand almost any product in the normal grocery store and read a composition, it is difficult to come across food purely natural origin and processing. It would not be possible from things crack down on those mysterious substances Exxx to be better skilled in jungle admixture our daily diet.

How to share food additives?
Additives are divided into categories according to the function they perform in foods. The list is quite long and contains 26 different types of additives, eg antioxidants, acids, dyes, preservatives, raising agents, acidity regulators, melting salts, sweeteners, flavor enhancer or flavoring, gelling agents, thickeners, modified starch, stabilizers, emulsifiers, anti-caking agents, anti-foaming agents, polishing agents ..
Further divided into natural substances, natural and synthetic.

Natural additives
.. is not necessary to discuss at length, they are substances of natural origin, so for our body generally harmless, sometimes even beneficial.

Nature-identical substances
.. such as aroma and flavor enhancers, there is already the situation is somewhat different. nature-identical does not mean natural. It is a synthetically produced substance which, in molecular, chemical, therefore, the composition should correspond to the desired natural substance. The main reason why these nature-identical substances artificially produced and do not get out of natural resources, is cost. For example, production of nature identical vanilla aroma I would like to quote from his article published by Readers Digest in January 2006: "Get kilogram of vanillin from vanilla pods is almost seven thousand euros. At the lab is produced from by-products of paper and petrochemical industries and the production of the same amount is Only nine euros. In both cases, while the resulting compound 4-hydroxy-3-metoxybenzaldehyd. '.. Next time be sure to look if my vanilla ice cream contains natural aroma as a byproduct of petroleum refining, or real vanilla ..

Synthetics
.. Thus non-natural food additives origin formed by simple chemical synthesis. They are substances that occur in nature and are produced artificially. Although some have been tested on animals and food industry uses it for years, we can be sure that we do not cause long-term health problems?
Some of these pure synthetic substances are considered to be potentially harmful, respectively. their effect on the human organimus not always clear. For such additives is limited - the boundaries of permissible levels in food by producers from the law in force in a country that must not be exceeded. But what if you eat during the day, 4 different products containing E252 for example potassium nitrate, for example, are often added to sausages, a substance that in higher doses is harmful to the vascular system? The individual producer is probably permissible limits respected, but the sum of the four foods that may already be ... Despite the fact that I do not know what makes me even that "the limit" that ..

Sensitive people may have some Euros allergic reactions, manifested in a wide range of health problems, such as eczema, hives, asthma, migraine headaches, visual disturbances, hyperactivity, digestive problems, etc., while the man nor his doctor might not have a clue about the origin those health problems.
Sometimes it maybe worth spending a little more money for food "organic," that food produced from organic agriculture, which further processing is applied only natural ways, and should not contain added chemical additives. Another option is to consciously eliminate foods containing a listed "suspicious" substance, that is, to take to purchase a list of them in the store and spend three hours studying the composition of the products .. little slavery, but maybe you remember the most drijaky quickly and we want to find itself in a while. : O)

I would hate for someone or perhaps aroused panic started phobia of food purchased in our mini-, super-, hyper-and mega-supermarkets .. However, with the realization shop and see what kind of substances that send your body can sometimes have a major impact health, many of us ..

Useful links:
1 / International list of substances with the number E - This list shows the additives that are in the Czech Republic and the EU permitted as food additives (Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority)
2 / overview by type additives (Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority)
3 / List of food additives, which are usually allergic reactions may occur (Institute of Agricultural and Food Information)


[2006-10-25]
The author EE or mysterious Eck in food: Michaela Vorlová