This is something you may here from time to time, ‘don’t eat anything you can’t pronounce’, or ‘don’t eat anything with chemicals in it’.
The accompanying image gives some examples of certain things you might not be able to pronounce but are needed in the right amounts for health and well-being, so I hope that knocks that one on the head straight away.
Here’s a rundown of some of what they do;
Vitamin D – plays an important role in calcium metabolism which is important for bone health.
Vitamin K – it’s key role in the body is the coagulation of blood to stop bleeding.
Folic Acid – plays a role preventing neural tube defects in new born babies. Deficiency can lead to a form of anemia which leads to reduced red blood cell production.
Fish Oils – potentially beneficial to heart health.
Vitamin C – an important anti-oxidant, meaning it removes oxidative species from the body before they cause damage.
Everything is made up of complex sounding chemicals or collections of hard to pronounce molecules, that includes fresh fruit and vegetables. Foods we think of as non-processed have ingredients like this too.
The E number is a great example, you can seen the chemical name for vitamin C is ascorbic acid but it is also listed as E 300 on the EU food additive list.
Many people assume that if something is an E number it’s bad for you – not always the case. Everything is about context. The E numbers are a list of food additives which must be proven to be safe under EU law.
It definitely doesn’t mean you want to be eating all your food with additives, but just remember context is huge and education on the matter is important.
I hope this helps.