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Reduce and Avoid Consumption of Packaged Foods If They Contain These 5 Harmful Substances!

Do you often consume packaged foods? If yes, then it’s important to be aware of five harmful substances that are often found in packaged foods. Based on explanations from the Indonesian National Agency of Drug and Food Control (Badan POM Indonesia), the official government institution responsible for supervising drugs and food, along with information reviewed by Dr. Rizal Fadli, a graduate doctor from the University of North Sumatra, here’s an explanation about these substances:

Rhodamine B


    Although Rhodamine B has been banned for use in food by the Indonesian National Agency of Drug and Food Control (Badan POM Indonesia), the potential for misuse still exists. Rhodamine B is a synthetic dye often used in packaged foods to give a bright red color. However, Rhodamine B has been associated with serious health risks, including liver damage and even liver cancer. Research indicates that long-term exposure to Rhodamine B can lead to its accumulation in body fat tissues, potentially causing serious negative effects on health.

    Artificial Sweeteners


      Aspartame, saccharin, and sucralose are examples of artificial sweeteners commonly added to packaged foods as sugar substitutes. Although they provide sweetness without calories, artificial sweeteners have been linked to several health issues, including metabolic disorders, weight gain, and increased risk of heart disease. These substances can also disrupt the nervous system and alter eating behavior by stimulating appetite.



        Although Borax has been banned for use in food by the Indonesian National Agency of Drug and Food Control (Badan POM Indonesia), the potential for misuse still exists. Borax, or sodium borate, is a preservative often used in packaged foods, especially in processed fish products. However, Borax has been banned as a food additive in many countries due to its toxic properties to the human body. Exposure to Borax can cause damage to vital organs such as kidneys, liver, and the central nervous system. In extreme cases, consuming Borax can be fatal.

        Food Coloring


          Artificial food colorings are often used in packaged foods to enhance the visual appeal of products. However, some food colorings have been associated with several health problems, including cancer risk and hormonal disturbances. For example, Blue 1 and 2, Green 3, Red 3, and Yellow 6 have shown associations with various types of cancers as well as thyroid and adrenal issues.

          Artificial Preservatives


            Artificial preservatives such as sodium benzoate and potassium benzoate are often added to packaged foods to extend their shelf life. However, these preservatives can interact with ascorbic acid (vitamin C) in food and form harmful compounds like benzene. Benzene is a carcinogenic compound that can potentially cause cancer and other health problems, especially when consumed in large amounts or continuously.

            Choose Healthy Foods

            Therefore, it is crucial to reduce or even avoid consuming packaged foods that contain these harmful substances. Instead, encourage your family to consume fresh, healthy, and nutrient-rich foods. One practical alternative is tilapia fillet from Regal Springs Indonesia, which is guaranteed to be genuine, free from harmful chemicals, and high in nutritional content such as protein.

            By understanding the dangers contained in packaged foods and changing our consumption patterns, we can maintain our health and well-being as well as that of our families. So, let’s take steps together to live healthier lives by reducing the consumption of packaged foods containing harmful substances!