Food additives are used to improve the taste, texture, and shelf life of food. However, some food additives have been linked to health problems, such as cancer, obesity, and hyperactivity. As a result, many countries have banned certain food additives.
Here is a list of some of the most common banned food additives around the world, along with the foods in which they are typically used.
Banned Food Additives Around the World
|Additive||E Number||Foods in Which It Is Typically Used||Countries Where It Is Banned||Reason for Ban|
|Red 2G||E128||Sausages, salami, canned meats||United States||Carcinogen|
|Potassium Bromate||E924||Flour, bread, and other baked goods||China, India, and the European Union||Carcinogen|
|Azodicarbonamide||E927a||Bread, baked goods, and other processed foods||European Union||Respiratory irritant, possible carcinogen|
|Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)||E320||Cereals, chewing gum, and other processed foods||European Union, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand||Possible carcinogen|
|Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT)||E321||Cereals, chewing gum, and other processed foods||Japan, Australia, and New Zealand||Possible carcinogen|
|Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO)||E443||Soft drinks, sports drinks, and other processed foods||United States, Japan, and the European Union||Reproductive and developmental toxicity|
|Ractopamine||–||Meat products||China, Taiwan, the European Union, Russia, and many other countries||Cardiovascular problems, growth problems|
|Titanium Dioxide (TiO2)||E171||Candy, baked goods, and other processed foods||China, Norway, France, and many other countries||Possible carcinogen|
|Cyclamate||E952||Soft drinks, sweeteners, and other processed foods||Japan, United States, and many other countries||Cancer risk|
|Saccharin||E954||Soft drinks, sweeteners, and other processed foods||Canada, Japan, and many other countries||Cancer risk|
|Olestra||E424||Snack foods, such as chips and crackers||United States, Canada, and many other countries||Gastrointestinal problems|
|Genipin||E942||Soft drinks, sweeteners, and other processed foods||Japan||Cancer risk|
|Brilliant Blue FCF||E133||Candy, drinks, and other processed foods||Australia, New Zealand, and many other countries||Hyperactivity in children|
|Sunset Yellow FCF||E110||Candy, drinks, and other processed foods||Norway, Finland, Austria, and many other countries||Hyperactivity in children|
|Tartrazine||E102||Candy, drinks, and other processed foods||Norway, Finland, Austria, and many other countries||Hyperactivity in children|
|Benzoic Acid||E210||Soft drinks, fruit juices, pickles||European Union||Forms potentially harmful benzene in the presence of ascorbic acid (vitamin C)|
|Parabens||E214, E215, E216, E217, E218, E219||Processed meats, desserts, confectionery + beauty products and cosmetics||European Union||Endocrine-disrupting properties, potential impact on hormonal balance|
It is important to note that this list is not exhaustive and may change over time as new research is conducted and new regulations are implemented. It is also important to note that some of these additives may be allowed in certain countries in limited quantities.
If you are concerned about the food additives that you are consuming, it is important to read food labels carefully. You can also talk to your doctor or a registered dietitian for more information.
Tips for Reducing Your Exposure to Banned Food Additives
- Eat a whole-foods diet that is low in processed foods.
- Read food labels carefully and avoid products that contain banned food additives.
- Choose fresh fruits and vegetables instead of canned or frozen fruits and vegetables.
- Choose whole-grain breads and pastas instead of processed breads and pastas.
- Choose lean protein sources such as chicken, fish, beans, or lentils.
By following these tips, you can reduce your exposure to banned food additives and improve your overall health.
Post updated on 25 November 2023.