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Chewing gum additive linked to colorectal cancer

IANS  |  Sydney 

A additive which is commonly used as a agent in products such as and mayonnaise could lead to and colorectal cancer, warns a study.

The study conducted in mice investigated impacts of additive E171 (titanium dioxide nanoparticles) which is commonly used in high quantities in foods and some medicines as a agent.

Found in more than 900 products, E171 is consumed in high proportion everyday by the general population.

Consumption of food containing E171 has an impact on the gut microbiota - defined by the trillions of bacteria that inhabit the gut - which could trigger such as and colorectal cancer, said the study published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition.

"It is well established that dietary composition has an impact on physiology and health, yet the role of is poorly understood," said Wojciech Chrzanowski, at

"This study presents pivotal evidence that consumption of food containing E171 affects gut microbiota as well as in the gut, which could lead to diseases such as and colorectal cancer," he said.



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First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 14:08 IST