Do food additives contribute to obesity?
Whilst research is yet to establish a causal link between obesity and food additives, common sense tells us that there is a link between the two.
Most of the calorie-dense, high fat foods that contribute to obesity in individuals are also high in chemical additives, preservatives and artificial everything else.
There is also a school of thought that considers the vital role of the liver in processing and eliminating fat in our bodies. If our livers are overwhelmed with the task of processing chemicals and additives each day, then there is little time or energy left for the liver to process fats, which are then stored in the body and around organs instead.
Whatever you believe, there is little doubt that diets high in fresh, home prepared, healthy and, if possible, organic food go a long way towards health and weight management.
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Lindy Schneider is a writer and researcher with a keen interest in health, wellbeing and natural childcare. She is an advocator of a chemical-free lifestyle in the best interests of her family, the community and a sustainable world. She lives in the Yarra Valley with her partner and two young children.