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.
Generally Safe to Use
Beta-carotene or carotene
Herbs and spices
Natural oils and extracts (e.g. almond oil, vanilla extract)
Natural sweeteners (follow this link for more information)
Natural rock salt
Sodium bicarbonate (a.k.a. baking soda)
Ones to Avoid
Artificial sweeteners (follow this link for more information)
Hydrogenated oils (follow this link for more information)
"Natural smoke flavor"
Processed and refined sweeteners (follow this link for more information)
Sodium nitrate or sodium nitrite
Avoiding dangerous and artificial food additives is The Natural Path to good health.