Years ago, a new mother (I’ll call her Beth) sent us a list of what she ate while trying to see whether food was causing her baby’s constant crying and inability to sleep. The problem turned out to be “cultured dextrose” in their daily bread. “But I thought cultured dextrose was a type of yoghurt!” Beth explained. Like most consumers, she had no idea it was another name for propionate preservatives such as 282 that she was trying to avoid.

This year, Beth contacted us again. Her daughter - now 9 years old - had just been diagnosed with autism. In the meantime, Florida researchers (Abdelli et al, 2019) had warned that propionate preservatives in early pregnancy could be linked to ASD - Sue Dengate.  

More info in our blogs: Harm from bread preservative confirmed and Caution cultured dextrose