Welcome to 2011! This month we’re going to be talking about a lot starting-over type of things (and a lot of other stuff too). Part of this means I’ll be talking about some rather basic issues, which hopefully will be nice for those of you newer to real food. So today I’ll be sharing a list of food additives that you especially want to avoid and why.
Let’s be honest: it can be overwhelming to read all the labels and just avoid things. As you make changes towards real food, though, you’ll be selecting products that just naturally don’t contain most of these. At that point, the very few times you’d consume these additives might be “worth it” given your situation. But that’s up to you to decide.
MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) — Migraines, neurological issues, seizures, depression, heart irregularities.
Autolyzed Yeast — A form of MSG (see above).
Hydrolyzed Soy Protein — A form of MSG (see above).
Mono- and diglycerides — A type of trans fat used to keep products with oil from separating, and increase shelf life.
Soy lecithin — Often genetically modified, linked to infertility, allergies, and gut issues.
Sodium Nitrite — Linked to migraines and colon cancer.
Sodium Nitrate — Linked to cancer in large amounts.
Citric Acid — Only a problem if sourced from GMO foods.
Malic Acid — In larger doses, linked to chest pain, allergies, and other adverse effects.
Cellulose — Modified and possibly GMO, heavy on fiber.
Potassium Bromate — Causes cancer.
Polysorbate 80 — Allergies, infertility, other problems. Found in vaccines as well as foods.
Propylene glycol — Eczema, allergies, kidney damage, liver damage.
Polydextrose — A type of modified, low-calorie fiber; too new to know if it is harmful or not.
Red 40 — Hyperactivity, cancer (petroleum-based)
Yellow 5 — Hyperactivity, cancer (petroleum-based)
Food Coloring — ADHD, allergies, etc. Contains propylene glycol, as well as petroleum-based dye.
Aspartame, Sucralose — Artificial sweeteners linked to cancer, allergies, lots of other health issues. Do NOT consume!!
These food additives are everywhere! Be careful of them. You will even find them in organic processed foods, which is why it’s best to avoid even those. There are very few safe food additives. If you recognize and can pronounce the ingredients on a product label (and there should not be too many), it is probably safe. The longer the ingredient list, especially if there are unfamiliar/unprounceable ingredients, the less safe it is. Skip it! Go for whole, real foods every time. 🙂
Are you ready? One week from today, Healthy Pregnancy Super Foods i coming. A great book for everyone looking to incorporate more super foods into their diet!