E-numbers are code numbers one finds under food ingredients lists to identify additives. The letter ‘E’ stands for ‘Europe’ which means that the additives have been tested and approved for use in Europe.
These E-numbers which are essentially chemicals, are added to enhance the flavor or color of food, and also to prolong its shelf life. These additives are numbered according to their use. For example E100 numbers are colors, E200 numbers are preservatives, E300 numbers are antioxidants, E400 are thickeners and so on.
All added preservatives have been tested and most are safe in small amounts. In fact some of these additives have actually helped to remove the threat of serious food poisoning. However, some studies have discovered links between additives and an increased incidence of eczema, asthma, allergies and other negative side effects. particularly with children.
In this respect, the following E-numbers are the ones to avoid with the potential side effects noted in brackets:
E151 – black PN (allergic reactions)
E133 – brilliant blue FCF (allergic reactions)
E211 – sodium benzoate (hyperactivity)
E213 – calcium benzoate (side effects in people with allergic conditions)
E250 – sodium nitrate (hyperactivity)
E621 – monosodium glutamate (nausea, dizziness, pain)
E951 – aspartame (headaches)
We would suggest copying the above identified E-numbers and pasting them in a handy note on your mobile for ease of reference while doing your shopping.
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