A new study has revealed that one common additive in many processed foods, including breads, candy, mayonnaise, and ice cream can cause inflammatory bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. The culprit here is the emulsifiers that food manufacturers add to nearly every kind of processed food on the market.
According to HNGN, the function of emulsifiers in foods is to enhance the texture and help preserve shelf life. However, this simple additive could have detrimental effects on gut bacteria, resulting in ailments like Crohn’s disease and colitis.
The report has come out of Georgia State University, and it claims that emulsifiers cause changes within the digestive tract, leading to intestinal inflammation and, eventually, full blown Crohn’s disease. There has been an alarming spike in cases of type-2 diabetes, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis lately, especially in the developed world, and the researchers believe the rise of processed foods are to blame.
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are painful and often debilitating conditions that can keep those diagnosed confined to a bed, a toilet, or even a hospital room. Medication is available to treat Crohn’s disease and colitis, but there are currently no cures.