Food emulsifiers linked to metabolic syndrome and colitis!

The food additives has to be carefully selected. The additives themselves are toxic and even induces a probability of disease progression in future.


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Ever wondered about why the mayonnaise you bought at the market is so smooth and creamy, rather than a mixture of water and oily globules as it should be? How about ice cream or say, milk- Nature’s own product which consists of a complex mixture of fat droplets suspended in a solution. Yes, you are right! The consistency we see in most foods, is due to the presence of emulsifiers which mixes oil and water and makes stable emulsions. Nature uses proteins and phospholipids to cause emulsions, hence food industry contains a variety of emulsifiers modelled on these natural substances.

In a recent study published in the prestigious journal Nature, a group of researchers from Georgia State University Institute for Biomedical Sciences have shown that these emulsifiers can alter the gut microbiota composition and localization, thereby inducing intestinal inflammation which in turn promotes the development of inflammatory bowel disease like Crohn’s…

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