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Identifying Common Food Additives: Nutritionists POV

Nutritionists play a crucial role in identifying common food additives and their potential impact on human health. Food additives are substances added to food during processing or preparation to enhance its flavor, appearance, texture, or shelf life. One common food additive is artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame or sucralose, used as low-calorie alternatives to sugar. Nutritionists examine the potential health risks associated with artificial sweeteners, including their impact on blood sugar levels and the development of metabolic disorders. Another common food additive is monosodium glutamate (MSG), used as a flavor enhancer in many processed foods. Nutritionists study the effects of MSG on individuals, including potential allergic reactions and its contribution to the obesity epidemic. Nutritionists also focus on artificial food colorings, such as Red 40 or Yellow 5, and their association with hyperactivity and behavioral issues in children. Trans fats, often found in processed and fried foods, are another concern for nutritionists due to their negative impact on heart health and cholesterol levels.

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M.Sc, RD, CDE Registered Dietitian at Smile Train

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Nutritionists play a crucial role in identifying common food additives and their potential impact on human health. Food additives are substances added to food during processing or preparation to enhance its flavor, appearance, texture, or shelf life. One common food additive is artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame or sucralose, used as low-calorie alternatives to sugar. Nutritionists examine the potential health risks associated with artificial sweeteners, including their impact on blood sugar levels and the development of metabolic disorders. Another common food additive is monosodium glutamate (MSG), used as a flavor enhancer in many processed foods. Nutritionists study the effects of MSG on individuals, including potential allergic reactions and its contribution to the obesity epidemic. Nutritionists also focus on artificial food colorings, such as Red 40 or Yellow 5, and their association with hyperactivity and behavioral issues in children. Trans fats, often found in processed and fried foods, are another concern for nutritionists due to their negative impact on heart health and cholesterol levels.