Additive in Processed Foods Promotes Colon Cancer

We have heard about the risks in eating processed foods, but it is not always clear exactly how and why they cause problems in the body. A new study published in the journal Cancer Research has identified one of the mechanisms: dietary emulsifiers. These additives are designed to improve texture and shelf-life, but in the process they can alter intestinal bacteria “that cause low-grade gut inflammation [and] can promote colon carcinogenesis.” The study was conducted on mice, but researchers see the link in human health as well. Specifically, the emulsifiers found as culprits in this study are polysorbate 80 and carboxymethylcellulose. The lesson in all this is obviously to avoid emulsifiers, but more generally, relying on natural, unprocessed foods is always the best way to go!

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