Harmful Health Effects of Preservatives in Fruit Juices

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by Ann Harrison

Many people love to drink artificial fruit juices that can be purchased in grocery stores and super markets. Did you know that these juices, although they have a great taste, have some unhealthy chemicals in them? It’s true! Here are just a few of the bad preservatives found in fruit juices and other foods that can endanger your health.

Phosphoric Acid

Phosphoric acid is the preservative that gives fruit juices their sharp tangy taste. It also prevents growth of bad bacteria in the juices themselves. You’re probably asking yourself, “That’s good, right?” Wait a minute, let’s back up for a second. This is good for the juices themselves, but it’s not so good for our health. Phosphoric acid will eat your teeth up like battery acid. This preservative can also cause a reduction in your bone density and it is also linked to kidney disease. Although these juices are sweet tasting, they can take a serious toll on your health.

Sodium Benzoate

Sodium benzoate, also known as E211, is yet another preservative that is added to fruit juices and other food items. However, this preservative is very unsafe for consumption, because it can cause asthma attacks, high blood pressure, and can also cause a person to develop kidney disease. A study published in Archives of Disease in Childhood in 2004, showed that Sodium benzoate cause children to become hyperactive. Sodium benzoate can also cause severe, life threatening allergic reactions.

Monosodium Glutamate

Monosodium glutamate (MSG), is one of the preservatives in food that adds flavors such as salt. People should avoid MSG more often, because it overstimulates nerve cells. People who ingest MSG have been known to be affected by seizures, migraines, brain lesions, and suffer from depression. Although the Glutamate industry is aware of the health problems associated with MSG, they refuse to stop using the preservative in their food products.

Aspartame

When it comes to artificial sweeteners in high sugar fruit drinks, Aspartame is the one preservative you should avoid at all costs. The offices of Health and Human Services have found that there are more than 92 symptoms associated with ingesting aspartame, some of which include, but are not limited to: heart problems, anxiety, nausea, muscle spasms, and depression.

What can you do to avoid these ill effects to your health? Find juices and other foods that are free from these and other unhealthy preservatives. Where juices are concerned, you may want to make your own fruit juice at home, or eat the fruit itself, instead of purchasing processed juices. Although foods need some type of preservatives to maintain their shelf life, it’s best to read food labels carefully, and find the juices and other food items that are free from unhealthy preservatives. If you suffer from any of the above symptoms after ingesting foods with these preservatives, be sure to seek medical attention.

About the Author

Ann Harrison is a totally blind author, who grew up in the small town of Rochelle, Georgia, and has moved back to her family home after living in North Georgia for several years. Ann has written many articles of general interest for a number of clients since June of 2010, including the Cordele Dispatch. She has also published a short story entitled “The Big Climb” in Awethology Light. Ann also published a story entitled “The Woods” in December Awethology Light Volume by The #Awethors. She is currently working on several novels, and a self-help book. To read more of Ms. Harrison’s inspirational writings, visit her blog at www.wwannwrites.wordpress.com.

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