There are multiple ways of how chemicals can get into processed foods. First are those chemicals that are intentionally added to food products and automatically become food additives. Most of the food additives are added in food products that are packed in containers or cans to prevent alterations or to maintain or enhance appearance. Another form of chemical contamination can occur from unsafe various plastics, boxes, metals that are used in food processing. As a buyer, you cannot control those chemicals in those products and most have to do with FDA approval. (all additives intentional added to any food product has to be disclosed on their labels).
The most concerns you should have are the “silent additives” which are pesticides, hormones/ medications that are added to animal diets, and transferred to foods, industrial chemical pollutants found in the air, antibiotics, and other heavy metals found in the water.
FDA regulations change often and chemicals once approved before now can be found unsafe like some food coloring additives, they can also approve new chemicals for use. Its a continued process of based experiments and results approved or discontinue. The same is true as there are so many additives on the market to be believed safe and may be found unsafe in the future. There are currently approximative 3000 artificial food additives in numerous foods and drinks products plus those that are waiting approval and the ones that are raising questions and are waiting to be withheld. Some of the chemicals used in processed foods are to improve flavor other for texture and colors. Here are just a few: Amyl alcohol, Amyl salts, Benzaldehyde, Benzyl acetate, Benzyl alcohol, Butyl acetate and salts, Diacetyl, Ethyl acetate, Ethyl butyrate, Ethyl formate, Formic acid, Geraniol Geranyl acids, Isoamyl alcohol and acid, Linalol, Linalyl salts, Nonyl alcohol and salts, Octyl alcohol and salts Phenethyl alcohol and salts, Pinenes, Propyl alcohol and salts, Propylene glycol, Rhodinol, Red No.2, Red No.3, Red No.40. Blue No.1, Blue No.2, Green No.3, Yellow No.5, and so on. (many of those can be found naturally in food but in processed foods, a synthetic form is used)
Many of those artificial ingredients weaken our immune system, create allergies and many are considerate carcinogens as well.
How will you eliminate all those from your diet? Simple, by not purchase any processed food, instead purchase organic wholefood that isn’t processed or is minimally processed.
We can tell you all about how to eat conventional food and how to eliminate as many artificial chemicals from your diet but in today’s food market Organic food is getting to be affordable. Use natural spices, herbs to enhance food flavors and buy-in special fruits, vegetables, herbs that are in season.
Another concern that you should be aware of is the use of household chemicals when preparing your foods. Cleaning products are everywhere cause COVID-19 and most people use harsh chemicals in their homes.
Here are some of the natural ingredients that can enhance flavor in any foods: Anise, Cassia, Clove, Cocoa. Fennel, Fenugreek, Garlic, Ginger, Lemon oil, Licorice, Mustard, Orange oil, Peppermint, Vanilla, all dry natural herbs or fresh herbs, salts, white, or black peppers, etc.
Be safe, stay healthy