Some 70 million Americans suffer with these digestive problems every day of their lives.
The worst part is that many of them don’t know what causes it. So they can’t find lasting relief.
Now, a new study shows that a common food additive may be to blame.
Researchers from Australia’s University of Sydney investigated the food additive E171. It’s a whitener that’s used in more than 900 processed foods. Examples include cake icing, mayonnaise, and chewing gum.
E171 is also used in some medicines. It’s so common that most people consume it on a daily basis. E171 is a nanoparticle form of the mineral titanium dioxide.
In the new study, scientists fed it to mice to find out how it affected digestion. 
The scientists discovered that E171 damaged the animals’ gut microbiota, the “good bacteria” that aid digestion and perform other important health functions.
Professor Wojciech Chrzanowski was a study co-author. He said the research provides strong evidence that consumption of E171 “could lead to diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer.”
France has announced plans to ban E171 next year. There is no indication that the U.S. will take any action.
How to Avoid E171
E171 has become more common in a wide variety of foods. You can check for it on food labels listed as titanium dioxide.
You can largely eliminate it from your diet if you avoid:
- Canned frosting
- Chewing gum
- Big brand toothpastes. (You can find natural toothpastes online and in health food stores.)
Once you cut E171 out of your diet, your gut microbiota can begin to heal. And you may find that your stomach troubles disappear.
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