Top 10 Food Additives To Avoid

Top 10 Food Additives To Avoid

Eating a diet that focuses on whole, unprocessed foods is the best way to avoid your exposure to harmful food additives. However, most people do eat some processed foods from time-to-time. It’s important to know which ones are terrible choices, and which ones are okay. Read the labels on your food, and keep an eye out for these 10 food additives. They’re not the only ones out there, but they’re the ugliest of them all.

1.       Brominated Vegetable Oil. Often used as a flavor booster in soft drinks and sodas, brominated vegetable oil keeps flavors in suspension. Unfortunately, it has also been linked to kidney damage, birth defects and poor thyroid function.

2.       Artificial Sweeteners. There are many artificial sweeteners, but the most common are aspartame, saccharin and sucralose. These highly processed chemicals have been linked to neurological conditions including brain tumors, Parkinson’s Disease, and Alzheimer’s. Some are also thought to contribute to depression, anxiety attacks and dizziness.

3.       Hydrogenated and Partially-Hydrogenated Oils. Used in many processed cakes, cookies and snacks, these ingredients contain harmful trans fats that have been linked to high cholesterol levels and heart disease. They’re also associated with an increased risk of colon and breast cancer.

4.       Potassium Bromate. Although the state of California lists potassium bromate as a chemical known to cause cancer, it is still widely used. Look for potassium bromate in flour, breads, and crackers. It’s used as a bleaching agent to whiten flour.

5.       Olestra. Appearing in many “low-fat” products, Olestra is an indigestible fat substitute. Unfortunately, its side effects are far worse than the consequences of eating natural fat. Olestra causes anal leakage, gas, cramps, inadequate vitamin absorption and, when eaten regularly, an increased risk of prostate cancer and blindness.

Kathy Wachsman says:

Where are the other 5?

Mikki Mousse says:

I stick to only three food groups.
Deep fried

Wonder about splenda sugar …..

I am always looking for ways to improve my health. If anyone has any good articles, please post them on facebook.

I know, Eric. I love hot dogs too, but try to stick to Hebrew National. Bologna – I can take it or leave it. I feel. better when I eat very plain, simple food. I try to eat the tasty junk less often .

Jim Rowe says:

Click the #2 at bottom of page

Eric Alberts says:

havin hot dogs for din din.. next to bologna, they are one of the most natural foods around… monsanto, inc…

Jennifer Jenne says:

this is so true and more people need to take notice

Supposed to be 10 additives to avoid . I only got 5.

Anonymous says:

One should not consume anything that is not of a natural, organic food, produced (manufactured) solely by nature.