Today, it is sometimes used in grapes, dried raisins, and pre-cut French fries and an antimicrobial agent in wine to prevent microbe development In Canada, there was only 1 case of death in sulphite (most susceptible are those that suffer with asthma)Person had prepared some raisin bread – added dried raisin, that was prepared with sulphiteBHA and BHTprevent oxidation of fat/rancidity (found in cereals to preserve freshness of packaging) These prevent free radicals from occurring Free radicals promote the oxidation of fat Oxidation will slow down with BHT Free radical containing single electron will pick hydrogen in BHT, and leave behind oxygen free radical, but it is much more stable (bulky group as represented by the “t”)BHA and BHT are antioxidants and through a chemical interaction they help prevent free radicals from promoting the oxidation of fat in the bread thus preserving the freshness of the product.
Some studies showed that rats fed large amounts of BHT had liver abnormalities but lived 25% longer Aging process is partly due to an oxidation process Theory – processed food would contain BHT to prevent bodily oxidation, and then we live longerSliced breadcontains the preservative calcium propionateIt was used for rye bread to prevent the development of Ergot, that can lead to Ergot poisoning (Saint Anthony’s Fire)Contains same chemicals as LSD Lead to hallucinations Swiss cheesehas holes!In cheese, you have Propionibacterium shermaniibacteria naturally present and these bacteria act on lactic acid and CO2 is produced, which produces the holes (lactic acid gets converted to propionic acid)Swiss cheese contains its own preservative naturally in 20X the amount that is in bread (proprionic acid)Note: calcium propionate is converted to propionic acidIn France, you buy your bread every day so no preservatives are needed Black tower white wine – from the European communityIce creamcontains milk solid, lots of liquid sugar, NO CREAM, so a lot of gums added for the texture (guar gum, carob bean gum, carrageenan, gum Arabic, Carboxymethylcellulose) Carboxymethylcellulose is added to prevent the formation of ice crystals by absorbing the moisture Radishescontain goitrogensthat may lead to the development of goiterCheesenaturally contains Tyraminethat causes high blood pressureOrangescontain Tangeritinthat has been shown to be embryotoxic(may potentially cause birth defects) Celerycontains goitrogensas well Carrottscontain Myristicin(a hallucinogen)
Bananascontain serotoninwhich in high levels lowers sex driveApplecontains phlorizinthat can cause problems with glucose reading in the urine MESSAGE: All these chemicals are present in small amounts just like food additives! Colours are not really important but preservatives do play an important role. Foods high in food additives are often foods that are not nutritious!
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