Food Additives

Safe Food Additives and Food Additives to Avoid

Many packaged, canned and prepared foods contain food additives, which help preserve the shelf life of the product. On average, a person consumes over 100 pounds of additives per year.

Many, such as refined sugar, corn syrup, salt and MSG can have detrimental effects to your health. The most harmful are the ones chemically made by man. Your body has difficulty processing and eliminating them from your system. Therefore, some accumulate in your fatty tissues, leading to toxic reactions over time.

However, not all additives are toxic. Those made from wholesome, natural products are the least dangerous, but intake should still be kept to a minimum. Below are lists of commonly used food additives. The first list contains generally safe additives and the second contains those that should be avoided. Both lists contain names of typically found on food labels.

Summary List of Additives

Generally Safe to Use
Annatto
Beet juice
Beet powder
Beta-carotene or carotene
Citric acid
Gelatin
Herbs and spices
Lactic acid
Lecithin
Minerals
Natural oils and extracts (e.g. almond oil, vanilla extract)
Natural sweeteners (follow this link for more information)
Pectin
Sea salt
Natural rock salt
Sodium bicarbonate (a.k.a. baking soda)
Sorbic acid
Vegetable glycerin
Vitamins
Yeast

Ones to Avoid
Aluminum salts
Artificial colors
Artificial flavorings
Artificial sweeteners (follow this link for more information)
Bisulfate
BHA
BHT
BVO
Caffeine
Carrageenan
EDTA
Hydrogenated oils (follow this link for more information)
Metabisulfite
MSG
"Natural smoke flavor"
Olestra
Processed and refined sweeteners (follow this link for more information)
Propylene glycol
Propyl gallate
Sodium benzoate
Sodium nitrate or sodium nitrite
Sorbitol
Sulfur dioxide
THBQ
Xylitol

Avoiding dangerous and artificial food additives is The Natural Path to good health.

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