June 15, 2010-
Food additive allergy is not a new things as there are many kinds of food additive allergies like skin allergy, gastrointestinal food additive allergy, respiratory, musculoskeletal, cardiac and neurologic food additive allergies. People keep reporting the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding different food allergies and food allergies symptoms. Then there is a Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act that requires the FDA to guarantee that all the food additives that are added to food are completely safe for eating. Every thing must go through the proper process of approval so that most of the food additive allergies can be avoided.
What are Food Additives?
Food additives are the additional substances that are added to food to increase the shelf value of food, its taste, flavor and color. In food additives, food color, food dyes, antioxidants, emulsifiers
, preservatives, flavoring agents
Food Additive Allergy
There are many food additive allergies that remain undiagnosed because the severity of the reaction or allergy is not that big. But yet there are many food additive allergies that need quick action otherwise can lead to some bigger problem.
Common Types of Food Allergies by Additives
- atopic dermatitis
- abdominal pain
- asthma symptoms
- muscle aches
- joint aches
- behavior and mood changes
- attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder
- migraine headaches
Source : About.com
Food Allergies and Food Allergies Symptoms
MSG or Monosodium Glutamate
is one of the chief food additives and known for the various food allergies. MSG actually is the flavour enhancer and should be taken as per the recommended. Overdose of MSG can lead to chest pain, headache, sensations of warmth and feeling of detachment in some people. Also in some cases there will be a running nose, watery eyes, sore eyes, itchy eyes, lip swelling, throat swelling, vomiting, itchy mouth etc. The symptom vary from person to person and severity of the problem. Also these symptoms may be associated with other reasons as well.
Sulfite Food Additive Allergy
Sulfite is the food additive that is added to food for crispness and to prevent the growth of molds. The symptom of sulfite food additive allergy is almost similar to that of MSG allergy. To treat the sulfite allergy avoid contact with allergens, change your diet or anti allergic injection can be taken.
Carmine is the food color that is prepared from the Dactylopius coccus Costa, a dried insect. Carmine is used in various foods like popsicles, drinks, red yogurt etc.
Tartrazine Food Additive Allergy
Tartrazine is also called FD&C Yellow #5 and causes many reactions and allergies like asthma, urticaria (hives) and other such allergic reactions. It is found in cake mixes, commercial pies, chocolate chips, ready to eat canned puddings, flavored drink mixes etc.
Antioxidants like BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are reported to cause urticaria and angioedema.
Vegetable Gums Allergies
Vegetable gums like carageenan, acacia (Arabic), guar gum cause and worsen the asthma. Some also causes allergic reactions when used in food.
Annatto Food Additive Allergy
is the food coloring agent that is of yellow color. It causes anaphylaxis and urticaria/angioedema.
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