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Food preservative used during processing; prolong shelf life, improve food taste? Additives, simple substances like salt, sugar, artificial chemicals used as antioxidant, anti-microbial, artificial colors for better eye appeal. Currently there are over 3000 additives used in processing that have a variety of functions. These substances in foods can affect individuals who are sensitive with some type of allergy, asthma, hay fever, etc. Few of these can affect non-allergic people as well. Some substances can cause more reactions than others can. For example, a response to sulfur dioxide and sodium benzoate occurs more commonly in asthmatics than a response to the color tartrazine. Some feel these responses are not true allergies as one sees but more as a chemical response. Reactions depend on the types of food preservatives used or additive ingested. These may include vomiting, rashes, hives, a tight chest, headaches, worsening of eczema, and many other symptoms. Similar reactions may occur with an allergy to a food such as egg, nuts, etc. Some edibles have natural elements that may affect you too. For example, fish that is not fresh may have a high level or histamine, cheese may have tyramine, and you may react to the histamine in wine and not the sulfur dioxide! Antioxidant stop fats and oils from going rancid; for instance, ascorbic acid in butter. BHA and the related compound butylate hydroxy toluene have been used for years, mostly in products that are high in fats and oils and as a preservative for dry types, such as cereals. They slow the development of off-flavors, odors, and color changes caused by oxidation. Some report problems of rashes, hives, and occasionally tight chests. Studies show this to cause tumors in fish, hamsters, mice and rats.