Different ingredients are being used on processed foods in hopes to increase sales due to better looks or flavors. One very common use of such ingredients and chemicals is food flavoring which is used to add flavors to processed food. This is commonly noticed and observed with Asian countries especially Thailand.
However, a recent study conducted by a team of researchers from Thailand focused on finding the negative effects that are gained from the use of food flavoring ingredients. This study included the use of almost 1200 participants which were studied thoroughly. According to the results, there is a negative impact on the cardiovascular state of people who frequently intakes food flavorings.
This was resembled in symptoms as hardening arteries or arterial stiffness, which is directly related to heart disease and could be fatal. The study was led by Changwei Li who is an assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at UGA’s College of Public Health. She commented on her results saying, “Metabolomics can accurately measure the amount of exposures entering the body, In this study, we identified many metabolites related to coffee drinking, alcohol drinking, Southern foods, dietary supplements, and even pesticides. We were able to identify some environmental and lifestyle related-metabolites, build metabolite networks to shown how the body reacts to the environmental exposures, and more importantly, tested the effect of those metabolites on arterial stiffness. Our study raised possibility that those additives may cause arterial stiffness. Given the wide usage of those additives, future studies are warranted to investigate their role in arterial stiffness.”