Food additives in Maggi: A matter of contention

Food additives in Maggi: A matter of contention

After reading this article, you’ll think twice before giving in to your little one’s craving for this comfort food!


MSG may damage nerve cells, lead to obesity and type 2 diabetes!

Maggi has come under the scanner on account of having excessive monosodium glutamate (MSG) and lead more than the permissible limit. After performing some tests on Maggi, the Food Safety and Drug Administration (FSDA) confirmed the same. 

As per reports, the Lucknow Food Safety and Drug Administration wrote to FSDA asking them to cancel Maggi’s license. The final stand by FSDA remains to be revealed. 

Speaking of harmful food additives that have been under the limelight for all the wrong reasons, we bring to a few, which might still occupy space in your kitchen or on your dining table. Based on research done by WebMD, here are some of the most controversial food additives.

Artificial colouring

Present in: Many types of processed foods, beverages

Suspected of: Causing increased hyperactivity in children, worsen asthma

High fructose corn syrup

Present in: many kinds of processed foods, not just sweets. Most non-edit soft drinks are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup

Suspected of: raising the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes, more than sugar made from sugar cane.


Present in: diet soft drinks

Suspected of: causing cancer, seizures, headaches, mood disturbances, and reduced mental performance

Click on Continue Reading to know more of these additives and how they affect our health!


Trans fat may increase the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

Present in: canned soup, diet beverages, an array of popular fast food, packaged foods

Suspected of: damaging nerve cells, obesity, type 2 diabetes

Sodium benzoate

Present in: a variety of processed food products and drinks

Suspected of: causing hyperactivity in some children

Sodium nitrite

Present in: preserved meat products like sausages and canned meats

Suspected of: causing gastric cancer

Trans fat

Present in: deep fried food, baked goods, margarine, etc.

Suspected of: increasing the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes

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Written by

Divya Nair

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