Read the list of ingredients on your food package. If you can’t pronounce something, chances are good it is a food additive. Here are some common additives found in many processed foods, please note that some of the additives are “good” to have in foods and some are not. (Please read comments next to additive.)
- Benzoates (used to kill microorganisms)
- Potassium Sorbate (used for killing mold)
- Carrageenan (used to create a smooth texture and thicken foods)
- Propylene Glycol (thickener and texturizer, also used as antifreeze for cars and airplanes)
- Aspartame ( bad – sweetener)
- Disodium Guanylate (flavor enhancer)
- Cochineal (Red coloring)
- Titanium Dioxide (white coloring)
- Calcium Pantothenate (calcium supplement)
- Thiamine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B supplement)
- Folic Acid, Folate (Vitamin supplement)
- When reading a label, if the first ingredient is sugar, don’t buy it.
- When reading a label, if it has any kind of bleached or process sugar, don’t buy it.
- When reading a label if it has the word “sugar” in any part of the label without saying “raw”, “unbleached”, or “Turbinado sugar”* don’t buy it.
- Beware of the word “Natural”; many poisons are “NATURAL”. Natural does not mean healthy or good for your system.
- When reading a label if it has any kind of sweetener such as aspartame, saccharin, artificial flavors or fillers, and High Fructose corn syrup, don’t buy it.
- If you can’t understand what you read in the ingredients, don’t buy it.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) currently has approved more than 3,000 food additives for use in the United States. 2 However, while approved for human consumption, food additives may still threaten our health.
Americans spend about ninety percent of their food budget on processed foods, which, unlike whole foods, have been treated in some way after being harvested or butchered. Almost all of these processed foods contain additives, substances intended to change the food in some way before it is sold to consumers. Additives include: flavorings that change a food’s taste, preservatives that extend its shelf life, colorings that change the way food looks, and dietary additives, such as vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and other supplements. Packaging is considered an indirect food additive, and in fact, many kinds of packaging actually add substances to the food they enclose.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) currently has approved more than 3,000 food additives for use in the United States. However, while approved for human consumption, food additives may still threaten our health. This is one of many reasons why it is better to purchase whole foods, or those that have been minimally processed and treated.
According to an article written for the FDA, “it’s almost impossible to eat food without preservatives added by manufacturers,” unless you eat exclusively fresh food that you cook yourself.
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