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8 Scary Hidden Ingredients in Processed Foods

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8 Scary Hidden Ingredients in Processed Foods


If you haven’t brushed up on your high school chemistry lately, chances are, you have a hard time figuring out the ingredients list on processed food labels. What the heck is butylated hydroxyanisole? Any clue what ammonium sulfate is, and what else it’s used for? Well, the answers might alarm you. Click through to read about some of the scariest, and some of the strangest,  ingredients in processed foods.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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3:38PM PDT on May 6, 2013

Truly scary- and who is out there protecting us- the consumers? If these issues are out there for all to read- where are the powers that be who should be vigilant about protecting health and safety of all?

10:24PM PDT on May 3, 2013

Some really scarey additives for our food! Cook your own to avoid this!
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1:27AM PDT on Mar 17, 2013

I like your article. It is very informative. Thank you so much for sharing such priceless information. Hats-off to the writer. Keep on posting such nice articles. Love to read you. Thank you so much.

5:08PM PST on Feb 24, 2013

No more eating of processed foods?

12:43PM PST on Feb 21, 2013

In the early 1970's my mother noticed she was developing a lot of little red spots [small benign capillary tumors] and severe, frequent headaches. She went to an allergist who tested her extensively and diagnosed her with a sensitivity to the new- fad preservatives BHA and BHT. My family soon learned all about these compounds and avoided purchasing anything containing them. Her red spots went away quickly. She still gets a severe headache if she unknowingly eats a food with one of these nasty concoctions in it. She has had to give up so many things she liked...especially her favorite brands of breakfast cereal. Manufacturers use these because they're cheap. These preservatives are common in many things, even pet food. The allergist told my mom that these chemicals are poison, so we've all been avoiding them for years.

2:11AM PST on Feb 14, 2013

I wonder why BPA was not mentioned in that list?

5:42PM PST on Feb 13, 2013

Thank you

11:25AM PST on Feb 13, 2013

Great information, thanks.

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