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These 2 Food Additives Can Prevent Weight Loss, According to Science

If you have ever looked at the nutrition label of a processed food item and have been met with confusion, then you are not alone. Many processed foods today contain a multitude of additives, which can be anything from emulsifiers and preservatives to artificial colors and flavoring, under the guise of unfamiliar words. Potassium metabisulfite, anyone?

Although many additives, such as preservatives, help to ensure the safety and shelf stability of foods and aid in inhibiting the increase of bacteria, they do also have their downside. According to The Internation Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research, artificial additives have been linked to everything from asthma to cancer. A number of additives can even cause weight gain over time.

1 Propionate

As explained by Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, FAND, award-winning nutrition expert and Wall Street Journal best-selling author of The Family Immunity Cookbook, propionate is a preservative used to inhibit mold from growing in foods such as baked goods, breads, and cheeses. According to a study in Science, conducted using humans and rodents, it was found that mice's chronic exposure to a dose of propionate caused gradual weight gain.

"However, when it comes to food, demonizing food additives that help minimize foodborne illness is questionable and makes us become afraid of food," Amidor advised, "Certainly more research is needed to see what happens to humans who consume foods with this additive chronically, as most people do not." Because of this, Amidor suggests consuming a variety of different types of foods and to know the importance of moderating portions.

2 Sodium Benzoate

Laura Gilstrap RD, LD/N, Owner of LG Nutrition LLC, shares that sodium benzoate, the sodium salt of benzoic acid, is a highly studied additive that may have adverse reactions to our health. "It works by suppressing a hormone called leptin, the body's natural satiety hormone," said Gilstrap. This commonly used preservative is often found in foods such as soda, salad dressing, and fruit juices, and is additionally used as a pickling agent.

Originally published: Eat This Not That

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