Article on Food Additives Research
Widely used food additives promotes colitis, obesity and metabolic syndrome, shows study of emulsifiers — ScienceDaily.
Dietary emulsifiers impact the mouse gut microbiota promoting colitis and metabolic syndrome
• Carboxymethylcellulose and polysorbate-80 were found in mice to alter gut microbiota in such a way as to induce inflammatory bowel disease
• “emulsifiers induced low-grade or mild intestinal inflammation and metabolic syndrome, characterized by increased levels of food consumption, obesity, hyperglycemia and insulin resistance”
What foods/products contain carboxymethylcellulose?
Carboxymethylcellulose is a food thickener, binder and stabilizer. It is also known as Cellulose Gum, Sodium Salt, sodium carboxymethyl cellulose, and CMC. According to http://www.befoodsmart.com, this food additive can be found in:
• Food Items: ice cream, dressing, cheese, icing, toppings, gelatinous desserts, infant/baby formula, candy, cottage cheese, cream cheese spread.
• Non-Food Items: K-Y Jelly, toothpaste, laxatives (it’s also considered a type of fiber), hand cream, antacids, diet pills, water-based paints, detergents, various paper products, artificial tears and in laundry detergents.
What foods contain polysorbate-80?
Polysorbate-80 is an emulsifier that thickens food and prevents oil separation. It is also known as Polyoxythylene Sorbitan Mono-Oleate, or Tween 80. It can be found in foods like whipped cream, ice cream, sherbet, mayonnaise, and salad dressing. (Yup, that includes Cold Stone Creamery.)
Alternatives and Treatment
As per usual, our greatest alternative is eating non-processed foods. Take a peek at the ingredient lists of what you’re eating – how many foods do you spot in a day with these ingredients? If you have inflammatory bowel disease and you’re looking to support your gut health, consider working with an herbalist. While studies remain limited and heterogenous, a 2013 systematic review on the efficacy of herbal therapy in inflammatory bowel disease concluded, “herbal therapy for the treatment of IBD show encouraging results.”