Increasing Incidence of Diabetes and Obesity could be due to Food Additives, Clinical Research Supports Hypothesis

Published By : 18 Feb 2016 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Food additives are common constituents of processed foods such as ice creams and soft drinks. What are these food additives that impart texture, flavor, and shelf-life as well to these foods? Stabilizers, acidifiers, acidity regulators are some of the food additives that are used for these purposes as per the requirement.

Acidity regulators, as the name suggests are used to either change or maintain the acidity or alkalinity of foods. Other than this, these food additives also impart flavor and help increase the shelf-life of foods due to their antibacterial properties. Due to these advantages, acidity regulators have become important part of the food and beverages industry.

In current times, increasing demand for packaged ready to eat foods is primarily driving the acidity regulators market. As these foods are meant for later use, acidity regulators need to be included in these products to prevent bacterial growth and also to maintain the pH and to keep flavor of the food intact.

The use of acidity regulators in cosmetics and skincare products will gain prominence in the coming years. This is because, acidity regulators added in these products balance acidity/ alkalinity of the product to match with the skin pH, which prevents adverse reaction on the skin. This is proving to be massively beneficial to negate the alkalinity of cosmetic ingredients, which can otherwise have serious health implications related to the skin.

Nevertheless, the ill-effects of food additives such as acidity regulators are being linked to diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and inflammatory bowel disorders. For instance, emulsifiers are used in ice cream to impart texture to food and prevent the mixture from separating. As per a study carried out by a researcher at the Georgia State University recently, experiment was performed to show the effect on the health of mice that drank emulsifier contained water. The mice that drank emulsifier contained water showed changes in gut bacteria and also showed inflammation of the gut, which later resulted in diabetes and obesity in these animals.

On the contrary, mice that were raised in a sterile environment and didn’t have any gut bacteria did not show signs of illness when fed the same additives, which is suggestive of the emulsifiers’ effect on the microbiome causing the condition.

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