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Common Food Additive Causes Adverse Health Effects in Mice

A common food additive, recently banned in France but allowed in the U.S. and many other countries, was found to significantly alter gut microbiota in mice, causing inflammation in the colon and changes in protein expression in the liver, according to research led by a University of Massachusetts Amherst food scientist.

“I think our results have a lot of implications in the food industry and on human health and nutrition,” says lead author Hang Xiao (CBD), professor and Clydesdale Scholar of Food Science. “The study confirmed a strong linkage between foodborne titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs) and adverse health effects.”

Along with colleagues at UMass Amherst and in China, Xiao published the research in Small, a weekly, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal that covers nanotechnology.

Hang Xiao