Dangers of Eating Canned Food

Unless careful, you may endanger your health when eating out of metal cans.

Think how convenient it is to have ready canned food ingredients in the fridge. All that you have to do is to toss together some baked beans, ready rice/pasta, diced potatoes, a few cut veggies, all at one go from the fridge, add a few chunks of meat if you wish, and your meal is hot and ready.

Hot and ready, but not healthy.

Harmful additives in canned food

All canned food contain harmful additives such as artificial sweeteners, preservatives, coloring and flavoring to make food last longer, keep fats emulsified, and look and taste better. Some of these additives like monosodium glutamate, aspartame are carcinogenic. Some artificial colors added to the foods to give them an appealing look are erythrosine (red), canthaxanthin (orange), amaranth (Azoic red), tartrazine (Azoic yellow) and annatto bixine (yellow orange). You can find out from this link what’s on the list of preservatives, coloring and flavoring that’s currently on the red alert and why they should be avoided in the interest of good health.

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Some of the other commonly used food additives and preservatives are sodium nitrate, propyl gallate, butylated hydrozyttoluene (BHT), butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), potassium bromate, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, etc. Many of these chemicals are not only hard to pronounce/remember, they are hard on the body as well.

BHA and BHT delay rancidity in foods that contain oils, such as cereals, chewing gum, vegetable oil, and potato chips. Remember the chemicals are carcinogenic.

Benzoates can trigger the allergies such as skin rashes and asthma as well as cause brain damage.

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  1. Useful Post

  2. Eating canned food is not only lack of nutrition but also can affect health. :-)

  3. OMG I have been eating lot of canned food, I will have to be careful. Thanks for the info. It is very useful.

  4. I’m thankful that I love cooking. That’s why I don’t rely on canned foods.

  5. Thanks, such an the eye opener !

  6. Canned food MUST be avoided at all cost. It kills your system. Excellent advice and a wonderful share Uma.

  7. agree with you! A good post.

  8. very helpful post. tnx for the share!

  9. Great post! I strongly agree! I have experienced stomach problems after consuming canned food,

  10. a really good post and i’m really happy that at last an article on the dangers of eating canned food has been released. i stopped long long ago and i can still remember how many times i fell ill after consuming it. this is such an informative and intellectual article. i really love it all and agree with you 100% thanks uma for sharing. :)

  11. Very scaring but indeed true.

  12. Insightful and yea somewhat scary info here. Al in all an excellent post.

  13. Canned food are the main source for cancer and brain damage, according to recent research. Good alarming post Uma.

  14. You are so right, Madam. A very useful article. Thank you.

  15. I agree with you 100%. I never use canned foods. Great job. :_)

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