This Common Additive May Be Linked To Obesity & Diabetes

This Common Additive May Be Linked To Obesity & Diabetes


when it comes to maintaining a healthy
diet what you eat can be an equally important factor when compared to how
much with so many different variables to keep in mind when designing your ideal
diet it’s essential to keep an eye on the ingredients list on your foods
packaging in order to determine exactly what’s going on to your plate
case in point researchers have recently discovered that propionate a common
additive found in many processed and manufactured foods may potentially be
associated with obesity as well as an increased risk of diabetes but just how
well-founded are these claims today besties going to unpack the research
currently being conducted on propionate to determine just how much of a health
risk this additive really is before we start be sure to subscribe to besties
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videos and content propionate is a naturally occurring fatty acid often
added to certain foods in order to preserve freshness extend the food shelf
life and prevent the outbreak of mold propionate can commonly be found in
foods such as baked goods dairy products processed meats vinegar sports drinks
and beer this to name a few according to researchers at Harvard University in
Boston the reason that this additive may pose a threat to one’s health is because
it could potentially disrupt the body’s endocrine system in a statement released
regarding research into the additive study author and Harvard professor of
genetics and metabolism gokhan s Hatem is lakeil had this to say
understanding how ingredients in food affect the body’s metabolism at the
molecular and cellular level could help us develop simple but effective measures
to tackle the dual epidemics of obesity and diabetes in the first initial phase
in the study on the effects of the additive propionate researchers began
using mice as test subjects right away it was discovered that the additive
appeared to have an immediate effect on the subject sympathetic nervous system
this system plays an important role in a number of the body’s automatic functions
such as heart rate specifically propionate was noted as causing the test
subject sympathetic nervous to suddenly become much more active this
in turn led to a surge of increased hormone production which caused the
animals blood sugar levels to spike dramatically it’s worth mentioning that
these kinds of blood sugar spikes are commonly associated with an increased
risk of diabetes when the mice used as test subjects were subjected to regular
doses of the additive that were proportionally comparable to the doses
of propionate a human might consume on a regular basis the mice began to develop
an increase in insulin resistance otherwise known as pre-diabetes
additionally the mice began to gain weight as well resulting in evidence
that there might be an association between the additive propionate in the
onset of chronic diabetes according to the researchers in this study these
findings would seem to suggest that this particular additive is indeed an
endocrine disruptor what does that mean you may ask in an interview with health
and nutrition website health line endocrinologist dr. Minh sireesha Mally
explained the situation thusly endocrine disruptors are chemicals that are
usually produced for commercial purposes that accidentally interfere with the
normal functions of hormones this can contribute to a wide array of health
conditions because hormones play such an important role in the body after
developing an inkling of understanding on the effects of this additive in
animal-based studies the next logical step was to determine whether or not the
additive propionate regularly demonstrated the same effects in human
beings for the second phase of this study on propionate effect on our health
the researchers designed a double-blind study with a placebo control and 14
willing participants half of the studies human participants regularly ate food
containing a full gram of propionate additive while the other half were
unknowingly given a placebo instead sure enough
the people who were given the additive with their food began to demonstrate
hormone surges just like the ones researchers had observed when testing on
mice as a result the researchers in the study were therefore able to draw the
conclusion that the propionate additive was indeed
equally hazardous to humans as it was to animals in terms of increasing the risk
of developing obesity or diabetes in the affirmation health line study dr. Somali
weighed in on the results of these human subjects by saying obesity and diabetes
are complicated conditions that are due to genetic environmental and behavioral
factors the incidence of obesity and diabetes has grown dramatically over the
past two decades since the human gene pool has not changed during that time
researchers are looking for environmental factors however while
you’re I might take a look at these results and deduce that the writing’s
already firmly on the wall not all experts remain convinced that we can
draw any concrete conclusions from the results of this particular study
one such skeptic is dr. Charles dinner Stan MBA FAC s and senior medical fellow
at the American Council of science and health according to dr. dinner Steen
it’s such a small sample size that you can’t really draw any meaningful
conclusions propionate likely does alter human metabolism but it’s not a
disrupter it’s like anything else we ingest it just changes our metabolic
profile so we’ve taken a look at the research gathered the results and draw
our conclusions based on the findings with all that out of the way the
question remains where do we go from here
well at this point it’s probably worth mentioning that this isn’t the first
endocrine disrupting chemicals found in our products and in many cases these
ingredients are often banned after the negative impact they have on our overall
health is brought to light for example bisphenol A is a chemical used for
plastics and food packaging that was discovered to have endocrine disrupting
properties much like propionate the plastic was commonly used in things such
as baby bottles and sippy cups but after this discovery was made the chemical was
banned shortly after another hazardous chemical his diocese still bester all
otherwise known by the much easier to pronounce moniker of des
des was originally used to treat women with high-risk pregnancies until being
banned in the 1970s in addition to causing endocrine disruptions linked to
high blood sugar obesity and diabetes the des girag was found to also increase
the risk of certain types of cancer in the women who took the drug
unfortunately banning a substance were additive in the United States isn’t
always as easy as a simple striking of its name on a list due to a loophole in
the FDA’s Food Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1958 additives that were commonly used
prior to the Act being put into full effect are allowed to remain in
circulation due to a grandfather clause if you have any concerns regarding the
presence of this additive in your food a more viable short-term solution may
simply be to pay closer attention to what your food contains on its
ingredients list in order to make a more informed opinion when purchasing so
where do you stand on the whole propionate debate do you agree with dr.
Somalian that the effects of this additive are a cause for concern or do
you side with dr. dinner scene in the belief that the response to the additive
in its side effects are a mere overreaction either way we are always
interested in hearing what our viewers have to say in regards to our topic so
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8 thoughts on “This Common Additive May Be Linked To Obesity & Diabetes

  1. Where do you stand on this whole propionate debate? Do you agree with Dr. Shomali in that the effects of this additive are a cause for concern, or do you side with Dr. Dinerstein in the belief that the response to the additive and its effects are mere overreaction? If you enjoyed this video, please give it a like and share it with your friends! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. This is why I try my best to purchase only organic products and stay away from processed foods. Almost impossible to do this 100% of the time but can at least be close to 90%. Thanks for the video, very informative!

  3. Almost nothing to eat anymore. Organics are contaminated with GMOs and now this. I spend so much time reading labels. I just want to give up, Appreciate your video. Thanks.

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