Experts Reveals Effects of Foods Additives on Children
The safety of processed foods consumed by children, particularly in Africa has become a growing concern among public health experts which called for a review of food additives and their health implications on children in the region.
Researchers noted that, though studies on important food additives such as preservatives, colouring agents, sweeteners, anti-caking agents and their effects on health of children are largely unavailable in Africa, they however stated that unpublished reports suggested their slow harmful.
They also argued that since the purpose of food intake is to provide essential nutrients that would promote and maintain good health, any substance either natural or synthetic that would prevent the attainment of the goal is dangerous not only for the present, but also for the future of the children and as such must be avoided completely in their diet. “Their future is our future and it must not be mortgaged for any present economic gains,” the researchers concluded.