Food additives

Additives to particularly avoid

Food preservatives

Food additives are substances added to food to preserve flavour or enhance its taste and appearance. As more processed foods have been included to our diet, so more additives have also been introduced – some natural and some artificial

The attempt to remove trans fats from foods has ironically led to an increase in food additives to maintain the quality, taste or shelf-life of the foods we buy.

Food additives & IBD

As a person with IBD (i.e. diagnosed with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis), we advise that you avoid particular food additives that have been associated with digestive problems, intestinal inflammation and gastro-intestinal cancer. 


© Jonathan Wade 2014