Top 10 Food Ingredients Which Become Dangerous in Large Quantities

9:00 am 17 May, 2013

“Excess of anything is bad”: This proverb truly co-relates with the kind of food we eat. Food is the main source of our living. What if you are told that the food you believe is healthy has preservatives which are dangerous chemicals and their names are concealed with unidentified names? If we check the statistics of the past 100 years, the food industry has grown by leaps and bounds but there are around 3000 chemicals purposefully added to the food we consume which is actually harmful to our bodies if taken in large quantities. The names of those ingredients are often camouflaged thus making it difficult to identify them. This list of top 10 food ingredients which are dangerous to our bodies might be of great help to you the next time you visit the grocery.

10. Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT):

Never heard of this, right? This particular food ingredient is a very common preservative which prevents oxidation in ample amount of foods such as butter, chips, beer, meat etc. But its use is not restricted to food items alone and extends to rubber petroleum products, jet fuels and transformer oils. BHT is a disputed additive because it causes stress, weight loss, damage of liver, growth decrease and foetus abnormalities, a very common problem now a days.

Butylated Hydroxytoluene - Top 10 Food Ingredients Which Become Dangerous in Large Quantities

9. High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS):

This is also referred to as maize syrup, corn sugar or fructose. Maize syrup is made from the glucose syrup derived from corn. This extremely high calorie sweetener is used in foods such as ketchup, jams, bread, salad-dressing, ice-cream and soft drinks, too. Besides acting as a sweetening agent it is the reason for imbalance in the insulin levels in the blood, abnormal weight gain, increasing risk of heart diseases.

High Fructose Corn Syrup

8. Propylene Glycol Alginate (E405):

This is a food thickener, emulsifier and stabiliser derived from alginic acid and propylene glycol. Even though it is a food ingredient, it is used as automotive antifreezes and airport runaway de-icers and, thus, could be extremely hazardous for human health.

Propylene Glycol Alginate - Top 10 Food Ingredients Which Become Dangerous in Large Quantities

7. Excitotoxins:

They are amino acids that help in functioning of the brain as neurotransmitters. Excitotoxins are used as a flavouring agent in canned soup, diet soda and processed vegetarian and non-vegetarian foods. But, if infused in a huge quantity, it can destroy the nerve cells. Even the smallest amount of it is dangerous to a pregnant women and young children. So, be careful before grabbing a diet soda next time.


6. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG):

A form of excitotoxin, MSG is one of the most common food ingredients used in a disguised form in many food products. It causes obesity and could damage a child’s brain. The effect is long term as it increases the learning and emotional difficulties in children in the later years of their lives.

Monosodium Glutamate - Top 10 Food Ingredients Which Become Dangerous in Large Quantities

5. Aspartate:

This is another form of excitotoxin and is an artificial sweetener in soft drinks, cereals and so on. It is not only a sweetener but a reason to various neuropsychiatric disorders such as panic attacks, dizziness, mood swings, blackouts and visual hallucination in humans. So, avoiding it can probably help in a healthy life.


4. Sodium Nitrate:

Last time we heard this name was in the chemistry laboratory but it is a preservative present in salami, pepperoni and other forms of processed meats. It basically helps in keeping the meat fresh and also prevents botulism. Although the large amount of it is the cause of migraine pain and lung diseases. Chicken and tuna are better option as compare to red meat as it does not contain sodium nitrate.

Sodium Nitrate - Top 10 Food Ingredients Which Become Dangerous in Large Quantities

3. Soybean oil:

The soybean oil comes in a genetically modified form these days and is, therefore, not healthy for the body. The changes due to the consumption of soybean oil have an unexpected and adverse effect on our health which we are unable to realise until it is quite late. So, using olive oil with lemon juice which is a natural food ingredient is a healthy option instead of soybean oil.

Soybean oil

2. Gluten:

According to recent studies, gluten has been found to be one of those food ingredients which are harmful to human health. It is mostly found in wheat, barley and rye. Gluten is an insoluble protein that causes allergic reactions to some people. The mucus lining is affected in the small intestine and other common problems that gluten pesters are diabetes, arthritis and osteoporosis.

Gluten - Top 10 Food Ingredients Which Become Dangerous in Large Quantities

1. Enriched flour:

It is used in high processed foods containing only toxic ingredient and no nutrients. In the enriched flour only the refined starch is used after the segregation of wheat germs and bran. It is used in snacks which when consumed may give bone problems. Whole wheat flour and brown rice flour are healthy replacements to enriched flour.

Enriched flour

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