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7 Dangerous Food Additives to Avoid

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7 Dangerous Food Additives to Avoid

By Sara Novak, Planet Green

A diet with too many processed foods can cause a world of trouble for us on a number of fronts. Processed foods lack nutrient density, meaning that many of the vitamins and minerals have been lost in processing or they weren’t there in the first place. Second, we tend to overeat foods like chips, cookies, boxed meals, dips, etc. because we don’t feel satiated. We don’t feel as full as with whole foods loaded with fibrous fruits and vegetables, so we keep on eating. But the most scary aspect of processed foods can often be what we didn’t even realize was added in the first place.

Food additives serve a world of purposes, most of which we weren’t even aware of, but they can also do us harm. You may be seriously surprised at not only what you’ve been ingesting, but what it could be doing to you and the planet.

1. Food Dyes

If you have kids, this is a big one. NPR reported that the FDA is meeting this week to decide whether some foods with added dyes should either be banned or at least carry a warning label to let parents know ahead of time. Michael Jacobson, director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest is most concerned about Red No. 40, Yellow No. 5 and Yellow No. 6, which make up 90 percent of the food dyes on the market. Food dyes are known to cause child hyperactivity and even ADHD. Though we’ve been using food dyes for years, use has gone up fivefold in the past 50 years, according to the article. Food dyes are found in processed foods especially fruit snacks, candy, cookies, icing, sausage, and cereal. Read labels and stick to whole foods to avoid them.

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3:51PM PDT on Jul 1, 2013

good to be aware of.

3:48PM PDT on Jul 1, 2013


There are two exceptions to FALCPA that are specific to soy: manufacturers do not have to label a product "contains soy" if it only contains refined soy oil, or if it contains soy lecithin that has been used as a release agent.

3:47PM PDT on Jul 1, 2013


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3:42PM PDT on Jul 1, 2013

The 1st 2 things that I look for & AVOID ( unless I zone out & 4get 2 check )

1. High Fructose Corn Syrup ! ! ! GAG it leaves a terrible taste in my mouth !

2. SOY & ALL SOY hidden ingredients ( see below )

___ MSG (monosodium glutamate)
___ SOY (albumin, cheese, fiber, grits, milk, nuts, sprouts, yogurt, ice cream, pasta)
___ SOY PROTEIN (concentrate, hydrolyzed, isolate)
___ Teriyaki sauce

AND here’s a quote from: ABOUT.COM ( … good site for quick info, but not for deep research. )

“Fortunately for people with soy allergies, the Food Allergen Labeling & Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA) requires manufacturers to clearly list soy ingredients on product labels.

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8:21AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Scary stuff, depressing how much junk is in foods these days. I try and grow my own and avoid a lot of the overly processed stuff when possible!

11:56AM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

thank you, will re-post! still eat the occasional canned sardines and tuna but they are cooked with lots of vegetables! :D practically vegetarian and living in Singapore; we are pretty much safe.

5:34AM PDT on May 4, 2012


5:33AM PDT on May 4, 2012


9:26PM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

there is so much garbage in food it's not even funny...

1:45PM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

well, what a topic!
but i really wonder if anyone can avoid these things.
we are all bombarded with these things everyday, and even though we may read labels the question is "what's the alternative?"

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