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Top 10 Food Additives to Avoid


When ever possible, grow your own food, make it from scratch using organic ingredients as much as possible, stay away from processed and fast foods, wash all fruits and vegetables multiple times unless they can be peeled, get your meat right from the small farmer.

Oor son was very high level ADHD – when I started reading labels – I eliminated most prepared foods because I was shocked at what was in foods and beverages that I thought were healthy. It was amazing what a difference it made.

Even when food additives come from plants they can be harmful to your body. Anything unnatural and/or in a highly concentrated chemical state is something to stay away from. Remember nature delivers food as a nutrient complex, not as an isolated nutrient.

Statistics show that the average American household spends 90% of their grocery budget on foods with over 300 processed chemicals. The human body treats manmade chemicals as foreign objects, this can lead to allergies and many other health implications and side effects, for example, MSG can cause overeating and weight gain. The top ten:

Aspartame – found in foods that are diet or sugar free; neurotoxin and carcinogen

High Fructose Corn Syrup – found in everything; number one source of calories in U.S.

MSG – Asian food, some canned soups, chips, snacks, frozen foods; neurotoxin

Trans Fat– margarine, chips, baked goods, fast foods; increases LDL, lowers HDL

Common Food Dyes incl. blue #1, blue #2, red #3, red #40, yellow #6, and yellow tartrazine – candy, sports drinks, soda, cherry products, cheese; can cause ADD, ADHD

Sodium Sulphite (sulfite) – wine, cheese; 1 in 100 people are sensitive to this chemical, can cause illness, rashes, among other things

Sodium Nitrite or Nitrate – hot dogs, bacon, ham, lunchmeat, smoked fish, many processed foods; carcinogen

BHA and BHT – potato chips, gum, lard, shortening, jello; affects neurological center of brain, can cause cancer, alters behavior

Sulphur Dioxide – beer, soda, juice, wine, dried fruit, vinegars; sulphur additives are toxic, can cause asthma, bronchial and respiratory problems, destroy Vitamin E and B1, should never be given to children

Potassium Bromate – found in most bread and rolls; known to cause cancer in animals, even small amounts can cause problems in humans.

The more you know about what you’re putting into your body, the more you can find healthier ways of doing things. For more information about food additives, click here.



Are You Cooking The Nutrition Out Of Your Food?

How you prepare your food has a direct relationship to how much nutrition it can provide.  We now steam or bake  most of our foods.  They do not show baking in the comparison below but I would suspect it should be similar to steaming as the vegetables are not sitting in water or being bombarded by microwaves.

So to derive the most nutrition –  lightly Steam your veggies, failing that baking would be my next choice.