Not To Scare, But Be Aware!
Here’s a list of additives you probably ingest on a regular basis, but would be wise to avoid as much as possible. The list includes where they are commonly used and how you can be abused!
Please take a look….
#1 Aspartame (known as E951)
USED IN: “Diet” or “Sugar Free” products such as sodas, jello, desserts, sugar free gum, drink mixes, table top sweeteners, cereal, breath mints, puddings, kool-aid, ice tea, chewable vitamins, toothpaste and cough syrup
AVOID BECAUSE: It’s a neurotoxin and carcinogen known to erode intellegence and affect short-term memory. It may lead to brain tumors, diseases like lymphoma, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, depression and anxiety attacks, dizziness, headaches, nausea, mental confusion and seizures.
#2 High Fructose Corn Syrup (known as HFCS)
USED IN: Most processed foods, bread, candy, flavored yogurts, salad dressings, canned vegetables, cereals
AVOID BECAUSE: It’s a highly-refined artificial sweetener which has become the number one source of calories in America! HFCS adds pounds to your body fast, while increasing your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. It can lead to diabetes.
#3 Monosodium Glutamate (known as MSG/E621)
USED IN: Chinese food, potato chips, cookies, seasonings, most Campbell Soup products, frozen dinners, lunch meats
AVOID BECAUSE: Although it is used to enhance food flavor, MSG also affects the neurological pathways of the brain! It makes you want to eat more by disengaging your brain’s “I’m Full” function, resulting in weight gain for some people. It’s an excito-toxin that may result in depression, eye damage, fatigue and obesity.
#4 Trans Fat (known as partially hydrogenated vegetable oils)
USED IN: Partially hydrogenated vegetable oils
AVOID BECAUSE: It increases LDL cholesterol and decreases HDL cholesterol. That’s the bad stuff in and the good stuff out! This increases the risk of heart attacks, heart disease, strokes, diabetes and other health issues.
#5 Food Dyes (known as E133, E124, E110, E102)
Blue #1, Blue #2; Red #3, Red #40; Yellow #6, Yellow Tartrazine
USED IN: Fruit cocktail, maraschino cherries, cheery pie mix, ice cream, candy, bakery products, American cheese, macaroni and cheese
AVOID BECAUSE: These artificial colorings may contribute to behavioral problems in children such as ADD and ADHD. They may lead to a serious reduction in intelligence.
#6 Sodium Sulphite (known as E221)
USED IN: Wine and dried fruit
AVOID BECAUSE: According to the FDA, 1 out of 100 people are sensitive to sulphites in food. Those individuals may experience asthma, headaches, breathing issues and rashes.
#7 Sodium Nitrate/Sodium Nitrite (known as E250)
USED IN: Hot dogs, bacon, ham, luncheon meat, cured meats, corned beef, smoked fish or any other type of processed meat
AVOID BECAUSE: That chemical that makes meat look so bright and fresh in the butcher department is highly carcinogenic once it gets into your digestive system. It forms nitrosamine compounds that mess with your liver, pancreas and other internal organs! It’s a toxic chemical linked to many cancers.
#8 BHA and BHT (known as E320)
USED AS: A preservative in potato chips, gum, cereal, frozen sausages, enriched rice, lard, shortening, candy, jello
AVOID BECAUSE: Although it’s a preservative that keeps food from changing color, changing flavor or becoming rancid, it affects your brain’s neurological system. The oxidants BHA and BHT may form cancer-causing reactive compounds inside your body.
#9 Sulphur Dioxide (known as E220)
USED AS: A preservative in beers, soft drinks, dried fruit, juices, cordials, wine, vinegar, and potato products
AVOID BECAUSE: They are toxic additives that may cause bronchial problems, asthma, hypotension, flushing tingling sensations or anaphylactic shock. They destroy vitamins B1 and E!
#10 Potassium Bromate (known as E924)
USED TO: Increase volume in bread and bread-rolls
AVOID BECAUSE: It is known to cause cancer in animals and known to create problems in humans when only small amounts in bread are ingested.
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