when it comes to maintaining a healthydiet what you eat can be an equally important factor when compared to howmuch with so many different variables to keep in mind when designing your idealdiet it's essential to keep an eye on the ingredients list on your foodspackaging in order to determine exactly what's going on to your platecase in point researchers have recently discovered that propionate a commonadditive found in many processed and manufactured foods may potentially beassociated with obesity as well as an increased risk of diabetes but just howwell-founded are these claims today besties going to unpack the researchcurrently being conducted on propionate to determine just how much of a healthrisk this additive really is before we start be sure to subscribe to bestiesand ring the notification bell in order to stay up to date on all of our dailyvideos and content propionate is a naturally occurring fatty acid oftenadded to certain foods in order to preserve freshness extend the food shelflife and prevent the outbreak of mold propionate can commonly be found infoods such as baked goods dairy products processed meats vinegar sports drinksand beer this to name a few according to researchers at Harvard University inBoston the reason that this additive may pose a threat to one's health is becauseit could potentially disrupt the body's endocrine system in a statement releasedregarding research into the additive study author and Harvard professor ofgenetics and metabolism gokhan s Hatem is lakeil had this to sayunderstanding how ingredients in food affect the body's metabolism at themolecular and cellular level could help us develop simple but effective measuresto tackle the dual epidemics of obesity and diabetes in the first initial phasein the study on the effects of the additive propionate researchers beganusing mice as test subjects right away it was discovered that the additiveappeared to have an immediate effect on the subject sympathetic nervous systemthis system plays an important role in a number of the body's automatic functionssuch as heart rate specifically propionate was noted as causing the testsubject sympathetic nervous to suddenly become much more active thisin turn led to a surge of increased hormone production which caused theanimals blood sugar levels to spike dramatically it's worth mentioning thatthese kinds of blood sugar spikes are commonly associated with an increasedrisk of diabetes when the mice used as test subjects were subjected to regulardoses of the additive that were proportionally comparable to the dosesof propionate a human might consume on a regular basis the mice began to developan increase in insulin resistance otherwise known as pre-diabetesadditionally the mice began to gain weight as well resulting in evidencethat there might be an association between the additive propionate in theonset of chronic diabetes according to the researchers in this study thesefindings would seem to suggest that this particular additive is indeed anendocrine disruptor what does that mean you may ask in an interview with healthand nutrition website health line endocrinologist dr.
Minh sireesha Mallyexplained the situation thusly endocrine disruptors are chemicals that areusually produced for commercial purposes that accidentally interfere with thenormal functions of hormones this can contribute to a wide array of healthconditions because hormones play such an important role in the body afterdeveloping an inkling of understanding on the effects of this additive inanimal-based studies the next logical step was to determine whether or not theadditive propionate regularly demonstrated the same effects in humanbeings for the second phase of this study on propionate effect on our healththe researchers designed a double-blind study with a placebo control and 14willing participants half of the studies human participants regularly ate foodcontaining a full gram of propionate additive while the other half wereunknowingly given a placebo instead sure enoughthe people who were given the additive with their food began to demonstratehormone surges just like the ones researchers had observed when testing onmice as a result the researchers in the study were therefore able to draw theconclusion that the propionate additive was indeedequally hazardous to humans as it was to animals in terms of increasing the riskof developing obesity or diabetes in the affirmation health line study dr.
Somaliweighed in on the results of these human subjects by saying obesity and diabetesare complicated conditions that are due to genetic environmental and behavioralfactors the incidence of obesity and diabetes has grown dramatically over thepast two decades since the human gene pool has not changed during that timeresearchers are looking for environmental factors however whileyou're I might take a look at these results and deduce that the writing'salready firmly on the wall not all experts remain convinced that we candraw any concrete conclusions from the results of this particular studyone such skeptic is dr.
Charles dinner Stan MBA FAC s and senior medical fellowat the American Council of science and health according to dr.
dinner Steenit's such a small sample size that you can't really draw any meaningfulconclusions propionate likely does alter human metabolism but it's not adisrupter it's like anything else we ingest it just changes our metabolicprofile so we've taken a look at the research gathered the results and drawour conclusions based on the findings with all that out of the way thequestion remains where do we go from herewell at this point it's probably worth mentioning that this isn't the firstendocrine disrupting chemicals found in our products and in many cases theseingredients are often banned after the negative impact they have on our overallhealth is brought to light for example bisphenol A is a chemical used forplastics and food packaging that was discovered to have endocrine disruptingproperties much like propionate the plastic was commonly used in things suchas baby bottles and sippy cups but after this discovery was made the chemical wasbanned shortly after another hazardous chemical his diocese still bester allotherwise known by the much easier to pronounce moniker of desdes was originally used to treat women with high-risk pregnancies until beingbanned in the 1970s in addition to causing endocrine disruptions linked tohigh blood sugar obesity and diabetes the des girag was found to also increasethe risk of certain types of cancer in the women who took the drugunfortunately banning a substance were additive in the United States isn'talways as easy as a simple striking of its name on a list due to a loophole inthe FDA's Food Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1958 additives that were commonly usedprior to the Act being put into full effect are allowed to remain incirculation due to a grandfather clause if you have any concerns regarding thepresence of this additive in your food a more viable short-term solution maysimply be to pay closer attention to what your food contains on itsingredients list in order to make a more informed opinion when purchasing sowhere 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 doyou side with dr.
dinner scene in the belief that the response to the additivein its side effects are a mere overreaction either way we are alwaysinterested in hearing what our viewers have to say in regards to our topic sobe sure to let us know in the comments section below in order to help us keepthe conversation going enjoyed this video hit the like buttonand share with your friends also subscribe to our channel for more videoslike this thanks for watching.