1. Why are flavour enhancers used in our foods?
Put in the simplest way possible, the flavour enhancer’s job is to make stale, flavourless and poor quality “foods” taste nice.
It is a colourless, odourless powder that is very cheap and easy for chefs, cooks and food manufacturers to replace real ingredients with.
Doesn’t that seem gross? How about putting FOOD in our food?
2. Flawed research
100% of the research used by FSANZ and the FDA has been funded by industry.
This means that every single “study” undertaken to prove the safety of these manufactured chemicals has been paid for by the people who make it!
Don’t you think they may have a vested interest in keeping people eating it?
There are numerous articles and studies that show how the results of these “studies” have been manipulated in the favour of the manufacturers. Independent studies have proven time and time again that these food additives are highly toxic and have no place in our food.
3. Banned in infant foods
Flavour enhancers are banned in infant foods in Australia, New Zealand and America because they are known to cause severe damage to the brain and nervous system.
Although it is wonderful that this protection is being offered for babies under the age of 12 months, it simply doesn’t go far enough!
Many infant foods have still been found to contain processed free glutamates (the chemical that is MSG and other flavour enhancers) and there are no labeling systems in place to help women during pregnancy or our growing, developing children to avoid these.
This massive flaw in the labeling system means that it is up to us to learn exactly which ingredients will contain these processed free glutamates and keep our families safe from it.
4. Addiction and obesity
It is a proven fact that MSG and other flavour enhancers are highly addictive.
After eating this toxic chemical your taste buds are left craving more and more.
As you crave more of the foods containing flavour enhancers all other food begins to taste bland by comparison and you lose the joy of real food.
Not only is it highly addictive, it is also known to cause obesity.
Numerous researchers around the world are using MSG as a tool to create obese rats and mice to carry out research on. That’s right!
MSG is injected into these poor animals simply to make them obese for research purposes.
There is no way that flavour enhancers are not a massive contributing factor in the current “obesity epidemic” and the industry knows this.
5. Harmful side effects
We have already discussed obesity; brain damage and nervous system damage.
Here are just some of the other harmful symptoms that are caused by flavour enhancers:
heart palpitations and
Sadly, many people carry out their lives dealing with symptoms like this every day and believing that it is just a normal part of life, but it really doesn’t need to be like that!
Something as simple as beginning to eliminate nasty food additives, especially flavour enhancers can have such a huge, positive effect on your health.
6. Its prevalence in our foods
With there being so many names and numbers that are or contain processed free glutamates it can seem like an impossible task to avoid it!
This is why many people who choose to avoid MSG and other flavour enhancers are still consuming this toxic chemical without realising it.
Here are many of the numbers and ingredients that are or contain processed free glutamates or flavour enhancers: 621, 622, 623, 624, 625, (627, 631, 635 all work with MSG, if these are in your food, it will be too), yeast extract, any hydrolysed oils or proteins, calcium caseinate, sodium caseinate, yeast food, yeast nutrient, autolyzed yeast, gelatine and textured protein.
There are also many other ingredients that often contain processed free glutamates, some of these are: carrageenan, bouillon and broth, stock, “flavours” or “flavouring,” maltodextrin, citric acid, citrate, “ultra-pasteurized,”Barley malt, pectin, protease, anything “enzyme modified,” malt extract, soy sauce, soy sauce extract, anything “protein fortified” and seasonings.
The fact that these toxic flavour enhancers are still found in our food and the food that is fed to our children really makes my blood boil, I feel like I could write all day long about flavour enhancers and why it is so important to avoid them but I have chosen to just give you a very quick and easy article today to keep it nice and simple.
Tips for you
As you can see by all of the ingredients that contain and are likely to contain processed free glutamates, it can seem like an overwhelming task to avoid them all together.
My advice is to avoid 621, 622, 623, 624, 625, 627, 631, 635 yeast extract, any hydrolysed oils or proteins, calcium caseinate, sodium caseinate, yeast food, yeast nutrient, autolyzed yeast, gelatine and textured protein to begin with, when you have the hang of this, move on to cutting down the rest.
I truly believe that even just eliminating these additives and ingredients can have a massive, positive impact on your health and your children’s health.
You can help us get this message to food manufacturers in 2 very easy ways!
1. Share this article with all of your friends and family to help spread the message.
2. Avoid MSG and other flavour enhancers as much as you possibly can. By not giving your money to the companies who choose to put these highly toxic additives in foods you are sending a strong message and hurting them where they care the most, their profit!
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Frankie Bell is the Managing Director of Additive Free Kids and the founder of the Additive Free Marketplace. Frankie is a food coach, mentor and is one of Australia’s leading activists against additives in food.
Frankie is a Mum to 5 boys and has personal experience working through the damaging effects of additives to resolve multiple health issues and behavioural problems in her own children. It became Frankie’s purpose to help other families achieve the same improvement in their families.
These changes can be overwhelming, especially for time poor parents. Frankie has done all the hard work for families to ensure they have access to additive free food anytime, anywhere.