25 Kilograms Of Food Additives Per Person
Japan has recently been forced to permit some 70 new food additives that are used in the US and Europe, or face the usual trade related wrath of food exporting countries. That means 423 food additives are now allowed in Japan as of December 27, 2011. Some 350 food additives have been used for a long time, with very few ones approved since the late 1960s.
Over 3 million tons of food additives are now used annually in Japan. That means each Japanese consumer on average eats about 25 kilograms of food additives each year.
The largest share is artificial flavouring and synthetic seasoning products, that amount to over 2.5 million tons. This includes the controversial class of additives that are loosely labelled as アミノ酸 など (amino acids etc.) in Japan.
107,000 tons of synthetic preservatives are used while colouring products add up to about 23,000 tons.
Many are genetically engineered including Vitamin B2 and Aspartame, the controversial artificial sweetener in Diet Coke and Nutrasweet.
25 kg - And that is just from the food you will eat that is produced here in Japan.
This country imports some 60% of its foods, so with the same amount of food additives, thus your total intake could be in the range of 50-60 kilograms per year. Or more, depending on your habits. If you eat organic foods, and locally produced veggies, you are in the lower range.
Which means, others are consuming a lot more chemicals. No wonder some of the people we meet and try to talk to just don't make much sense. I get this feeling all the time. As if there is no "there" there...
Avoid foods with chemical additives and you will notice how things start change.
Consumers Union of Japan: Food Additives: You Think You Know But Really You Don’t