Those pretty cans and boxes of food sitting on your grocer’s shelf can make you sick. Not because they are out-of-date. Not because they are spoiled or contaminated. Marcos Assi says the food actually meets all the quality control standards that are required by the Food and Drug Administration. It’s what’s been added to the food that can make you sick.
Emulsifying agents are used in many foods, like ice cream, to bind together the water and the fat within the product and give it a creamy texture. The emulsifying agents are chemicals and vary among food products. All processed foods that contain both water and fat contain these chemical and they can make you sick and obese.
In a recent study, lab mice were fed the two most common emulsifying agents. Those mice developed intestinal problems, gained weight and had increased levels of blood sugar. The study co-author Benoit Chassaing, a microbiologist at Georgia State University in Atlanta, says the chemicals trigger low-grade inflammation and the metabolic syndrome. Inflammation in the body is the starting point for many chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and cancer.