Top 10 Food Additives to Avoid

Posted on July 23rd, 2010 by admin  |  20 Comments »

Food additives have been used for centuries to enhance the appearance and flavor of food and prolong shelf life. But do these food additives really “add” any value to your food? Dr. Joseph Mercola thinks otherwise. Because Americans spend about 90 percent of their food budget on processed foods, they are exposed to a plethora of artificial food additives, many of which can cause dire consequences to your health.

Some food additives are worse than others. Here’s a list of the top food additives to avoid:

1. High fructose corn syrup
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a highly-refined artificial sweetener which has become the number one source of calories in America. It is found in almost all processed foods. HFCS packs on the pounds faster than any other ingredient, increases your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels, and contributes to the development of diabetes and tissue damage, among other harmful effects.

2. Trans fat
Trans fat is used to enhance and extend the shelf life of food products and is among the most dangerous substances that you can consume. Numerous studies show that trans fat increases LDL cholesterol levels while decreasing HDL (“good”) cholesterol, increases the risk of heart attacks, heart disease and strokes, and contributes to increased inflammation, diabetes and other health problems.

3. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

MSG is an amino acid used as a flavor enhancer in soups, salad dressings, chips, frozen entrees, and many restaurant foods. MSG is known as an excitotoxin, a substance which overexcites cells to the point of damage or death, Dr. Mercola explains. Studies show that regular consumption of MSG may result in adverse side effects which include depression, disorientation, eye damage, fatigue, headaches, and obesity.

4. Artificial Sweeteners
Aspartame, more popularly known as Nutrasweet and Equal, is found in diet or sugar free sodas, gelatins, desserts, and drink mixes. Aspartame is believed to be carcinogenic and accounts for more reports of adverse reactions than all other foods and food additives combined. It produces neurotoxic effects such as dizziness, headaches, mental confusion, migraines, and seizures. Acesulfame-K, a relatively new artificial sweetener found in baking goods, gum and gelatin, has not been thoroughly tested and has been linked to kidney tumors.

5. Common Food Dyes
Studies show that artificial colorings like tartrazine (E102) and sunset yellow (E110), which are found in soda, fruit juices and salad dressings, may contribute to behavioral problems in children and lead to a significant reduction in IQ. Animal studies have linked other food colorings to cancer.

6. Salt (Sodium chloride)

According to the CDC, nine out of 10 Americans eat too much salt, with most consuming more than twice the recommended amount. Too much salt can raise your blood pressure and can cause heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure.

7. Sodium nitrate/sodium nitrite

A coloring, flavoring, and preservative usually added to processed meats like bacon, ham, hot dogs, and corned beef. Studies have linked sodium nitrate to various types of cancer.

8. BHA and BHT

Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydrozyttoluene (BHT) are preservatives found in cereals, chewing gum, potato chips, and vegetable oils. BHA and BHT are oxidants which form potentially cancer-causing reactive compounds in your body.

9. Propyl Gallate
A preservative often used in conjunction with BHA and BHT, propyl gallate is sometimes present in meat products, chicken soup base, and chewing gum. Animals studies have suggested that this preservative could be carcinogenic.

10. Potassium Bromate
An additive used to increase volume in some white flour, breads, and rolls, potassium bromate is known to cause cancer in animals. Even small amounts in bread can create problems for humans.

Email to a friend
Email

Tags: , , , , ,

 

Responses to “Top 10 Food Additives to Avoid”

  1. Dr. Mercola – Foods with Scary Surprises says on :

    The FDA also doesn’t check very often for mammalian feces, rat hairs or fly eggs in your food. When they do check it’s usually a small batch, and in the case of tomato ketchup a full 45 percent of samples are allowed to contain mold before the FDA considers action necessary. Does this mean we can assume that 44 percent of all tomato ketchup contains some traces of mold? It wouldn’t surprise me, given the track record of processed food companies caring about your health.

  2. Mold Testing Boston says on :

    Signs appear harmless but can in fact bee described as a indication of the serious problem to
    your health. This can be crucial in eliminating the situation at
    its source. It will kilkl the form and prevent it from changing.

    Here is my website; Mold Testing Boston

  3. Biuro rachunkowe Opole says on :

    Useful info. Fortunate everyone I stumbled upon your blog by mistake, that i’m surprised exactly why this specific accident could not happened earlier! I book-marked this.

  4. mold clean up Jacksonville says on :

    A half cup of vinegar per gallon of warm water is recommended.
    The cooler surfaces of a crawlspace or basement act the same as the can.
    While many can live with small stains in the carpeting, and cover them with pieces of furniture, remember that any
    growth beneath or within the padding will be far more expensive the longer it spreads.

  5. accountants in fort lauderdale says on :

    These changes include transfer to another state, loss of income from changing jobs,
    which makes the home unaffordable, and sale of home due to layoffs or in some cases retirement.
    If you are misplaced and don’t recognize how to
    start on your search for an IRS Penalty Abatement, make use of a skilled expert to obtain IRS
    Assistance. This article is not intended to be specific tax
    advice.

    Here is my web page :: accountants in fort lauderdale

  6. mold remediation San Diego says on :

    The spores that are not filtered are then disbursed outdoors so that 100% of the
    live and dead spores left cannot grow inside the home
    or business. Apply it on the cleaned surfaces of the bathroom, let it stand for 15 minutes and then wash off with sufficient amount of water.

    To do this, use all three of these natural green methods.

    Feel free to surf to my webpage mold remediation San Diego

  7. professional cleaning services Las Vegas NV says on :

    There are many types of tiles available nowadays.
    The method of tile cleaning will depend more on the tile type.
    However there are couple of things to be followed to add the sheen and glow of the tiles.

    Do the regular floor cleaning
    Clean the spills as soon as they occur

    It is very crucial to clean dirt and water too as soon as they are split
    to prevent the stains. Place a doormat which helps in reduction of mud or
    dirt entering through footsteps.

    There are basically following tile floors where in one will use the
    tile and grout cleaning process, types of tiles are as
    follow -

    Ceramic
    Porcelain
    Stone

    Porcelain Tile cleaning

    Porcelain tiles maintenance is not difficult if the surface
    is cleaned regularly. The surface can be vacuum cleaned every day or just sweep
    it. The wet mopping is required once in a week.
    Use of mild floor cleaners will do for the mopping.
    One can make it at home by mixing vinegar and water.

    Ceramic Tile Cleaning

    The rule is followed here as well; remove the dirt
    as soon as possible. Vacuum clean the tiles every day or a
    simple broom can be used. Plain water or the special ceramic tile cleaners can be used for the wet
    mopping.

    Stone Tile Cleaning

    One need to be careful while cleaning the tiles made of stones as they are natural
    minerals. Never use harsh floor cleaners. Sweep or
    vacuum clean. After using any floor cleaner use a dry mop to soak any
    type of liquid residue.

    Grout Cleaning

    Along with the tile cleaning it is very important to regularly clean the grout, i.e.
    the lines between the tiles. Hence tile and grout cleaning goes simultaneously.

    Grout is porous in nature and attracts dirt, grease etc.
    The surface looks shabby if the grout is unclean. It can also be a cause
    of mildew or mould in the damp areas like bathrooms.

    It is best to have a seal (colour or clear) on the grout which will not only protect the surface but also acts as an anti-fungal agent.

    Many a times it gets difficult to maintain the floor
    due to hectic working schedules. Hence we come in picture and provide the tile and
    grout cleaning services to our clients at a very affordable price.
    Moreover the price depends on the type of the tiles, number of tiles and size of the tiles
    to be cleaned.

    Following steps are followed for the tile and grout
    cleaning after you contact us-

    Pre inspection of the tiles and floor.
    Shifting of the furniture, if any, from that space.
    Dry Sweeping of the surface
    Application of the suitable cleaning solution.
    Cleaning the surface with a soft pad.
    High pressure cleaning
    Mopping and drying the surface.

    We have our experts who carry special tools to do the tile and grout
    cleaning; the grout sealing is also done if ordered.

    My web page :: professional cleaning services Las Vegas NV

  8. spray tanning system says on :

    The more one is exposed to the sun the more one can reduce the SPF factor of
    the lotion at the risk of the skin becoming dried out, leathery and full of
    wrinkles. The easier products to use are those that
    you rub into your skin. They impart a brown color to the
    concoction, which immediately turns your skin brown.

    Feel free to surf to my weblog: spray tanning system

  9. axzz3AVNM942k says on :

    axzz3AVNM942k

    Top 10 Food Additives to Avoid | Dr. Joseph Mercola’s Natural Health Blog

  10. local moving companies boca raton fl says on :

    Remember that your ex-girlfriend has moved on and no amount of sulking will make her come back so get up and get your life
    back. But also, the comments have affirmed that many are where I was before;
    in a place where they are putting on the happy face and hiding their fears from those
    around them. Providing assistance to customers who are trying to relocate is the
    responsibility of the customer service reps.

  11. bondsman saint charles mo says on :

    Hello, its good article on the topic of media print, we all understand media is a fantastic source
    of information.

  12. carpet cleaning Parlin NJ says on :

    carpet cleaning Parlin NJ

    Top 10 Food Additives to Avoid | Dr. Joseph Mercola’s Natural Health Blog

  13. las vegas i says on :

    I am really grateful to the holder of this web site who has shared this wonderful piece of writing at
    at this place.

  14. Dario says on :

    What’s up to all, how is the whole thing, I think every one is getting more from this web page, and
    your views are nice in support of new visitors.

    my blog post: paver patio maintenance (Dario)

  15. social Media marketing healthcare says on :

    There are still business opportunities, even in the shaky housing market.
    Through a process of analyzing the inbound links into your site, you
    can see if they look legitimate or not, and if they are
    not then you can tell Google not to count them.
    To really master social media marketing, it’s
    important to have both books, instead of just
    one.

  16. kiva.org says on :

    kiva.org

    Top 10 Food Additives to Avoid | Dr. Joseph Mercola’s Natural Health Blog

  17. youtube.com says on :

    Today, I went to the beach front with my kids. I found
    a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old
    daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the shell to her ear
    and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely off topic but I had to tell someone!

  18. severe depression says on :

    severe depression

    Top 10 Food Additives to Avoid | Dr. Joseph Mercola’s Natural Health Blog

  19. bail says on :

    Good post. I learn something new and challenging
    on blogs I stumbleupon every day. It will always
    be interesting to read articles from other authors and
    practice a little something from their websites.

  20. Rocket Web Design says on :

    Rocket Web Design

    Top 10 Food Additives to Avoid

Leave a Reply