Beware Of Dangerous Food Chemicals When Feeding Children

By August 01, 2018

American Academy of Pediatrics reported a statement that a growing body of scientific evidence shows that children being harmed by chemical foods they are eating.

AAP says the chemicals used in the packaging and in processed meats, along with others can lead to obesity, puberty issues and other health problems.

The chemicals that are causing concern include the following:

1. Bisphenols, - like BPA , which is used for the lining of metal can .the chemical acts as estrogen in body.this can affect the onset of puberty, body fat decreased fertility and affect the nervous system and immune system.

2. Phthalates - the chemical found in plastic which can affect the male genital development, childhood obesity and heart disease.

3. Perfluoroalkyl - chemicals (PFCs), which is used for grease-proof food packaging, could reduce our immunity, birth weight and fertility.

4. Percholate -  which is added for dry food packaging to control static electricity which can disrupt our thyroid function and can affect early brain development.

5. Nitrates - which are used to preserve food and found in processed meats can interfere With thyroid hormone secretion.

6. Aspartame - which is used for frozen desserts, diet soda .animal research has found links to leukaemia, lymphoma and breast cancer.

7. Saccharin - which is used for sugar-free foods, prolonged use saccharin can leads to cancers of the bladder, reproductive organs and in skin .it may increase the strength of carcinogens.

8. Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) & Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) -  which is used to preserve cereals, gum,oil, potato chips, oil .they have potential carcinogens.

The group is calling for "urgently needed reforms" from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In a policy statement, the AAP, which represents 67,000 children's doctors, argued for more rigorous testing and regulation of food additives.

Parents should cut down on processed foods and reduce the exposure of chemicals for children by:

  • Eating fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables when possible.
  • Use glass or stainless steel containers.
  • Avoid using plastics in microwave ovens or dishwasher
  • Eat fewer processed meats
  • Wash hands thoroughly before and after handling foods ,and clean all vegetables and fruits that cant be peeled.

Reference:
Haller, Sonja "Look Out For These 5 Potentially Dangerous Food Chemicals When Feeding Your Kids", USA Today. 23 July 2018

Last modified on Wednesday, 01 August 2018 19:53