Are you lazy? It could be food additives’ fault

Researchers showed that a diet rich in food additives, such as phosphates, increases inactivity.

A lot of foods contain additives in the form of colorants, thickeners, sweeteners, preservatives and much more. Among the most famous ones there is phosphate, which is phosphorus ion.

The food industry widely uses this substance, which some foods contain naturally. What are the risks related to a high phosphate intake? A study proved these additives are responsible for excess lazyness.

Food additives: all the risks

As we mentioned above, these substances are commonly used to prepare and preserve foods. In particular, phospates preserve meat and cold cuts. They are also useful for the chemical leavening of bakery products.

What are the risks related to phospates? In the past, researchers proved a high intake is dangerous for people suffering from chronic kidney problems. When they work properly, these organs expell excess phospates.

Phospates and inactivity

Recently, further studied found out that an increase in people inactivity might be due to food additives. Wanpen Vongpatanasin, of the UT Southwestern Medical Center of Dallas, studied the effects of phospates abuse.

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The first analysis involved test animals. Some of them followed a diet particularly rich in additives. After 12 weeks, these rats showed reduced muscle energy. Moreover, the group which took more phospates also burned less fat.

Later, researcher involved human beings. 1603 healthy people showed the same results as the test animals ones. Those with higher blood phosphates had also were also more inactive.

Where to find phosphates

These studies showe how important is to monitor our phosphate intake. The ones the food industry uses are particularly dangerous. Prepackaged food (ready-to-make frozen foods, bakery products, ice creams), processed meats (hotdogs, sausages), cold cuts, cheese and soft drinks all contain food additives.

Our daily need of phospates is not above 700 milligrams. However, most people take 3 or 4 times that amount.

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ultimo aggiornamento: 10-03-2019

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