5 Food Additives To Avoid

by in Grocery Shopping, Label Decoder, August 3, 2010

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Our food is laden with additives, many times in order to preserve it. But some of the disadvantages of these substances outweigh the benefits. Here are the top 5 that made our list — we’ll let you decide if they’re worth it.

Nitrites
Summer is peak season for grilling up hot dogs, but their bright-red color is compliments of nitrites, which have been linked to cancer. You can also find this additive in bacon, cured meats, sausage, ham and smoked fish.
Read more about nitrites »

Olestra
Although this fat substitute found in chips tastes like the real deal, you’ll feel the unpleasant results after eating a few too many.
Learn all about olestra »

Artificial Sweeteners
Why fill your body with chemicals when there are so many other natural ways to sweeten your food? The artificial sweetener debate is a controversial one — where do you stand?
Weigh in on the sweet debate »

Sulfites
Sulfites are best known for their ability to preserve wine as it ages. Although considered “mostly” safe, sensitivities to this additive can develop at any age, and can vary from itchy skin to not being able to breathe.
Learn all about sulfites »

Artificial Food Coloring
The colors that make junk foods visually appealing have been linked to cancer, allergic reactions and hyperactivity in children. Many of these artificial colors are found in high-calorie processed foods that contain few nutrients. Is this really what you want to be putting in your body?
Learn more about the risks of artificial food coloring »

TELL US:: What food additives do you avoid?

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. See Toby’s full bio »

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Comments (134)

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  2. Barwniki says:

    I try to avoid those substances too, but some of them still sneak under my radar. For example when I'm at a restaurant, I can't ask about all the details, because a meal would take ages.

  3. Tacori says:

    I've always heard that artificial sweeteners cause cancer. Is that true?

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  6. Jocelyn says:

    There is so much sugar in our foods, but also foods containing items such as maltodextrin, glucose, high fructose corn syrup, fructose, sucrose, dextrose and levulose. Avoid these! I also try to avoid white, enriched or bleached flours; all this is is stripped down foods that no longer have the nutritional value they should have.

  7. Terese says:

    I try to avoid all additives but especially MSG and high fructose corn syrup. Eating clean whole foods is important – like grass fed beef, wild caught seafood and organic chicken. I don't want to eat CAFO animals ever!

  8. Tyrone says:

    Scary if you asked me. Even worst if you dont do your own research. Until then moderation and depend on your doctors recommendations. They have invested alot of time on the craft and im sure the know the answers if you ask the right questions.

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