This week, I thought we would talk about food additives, and what you should be avoiding as much as possible. It is really tough, though, because some of these are in a ton of different foods. Still, there is good reason to moderate or eliminate them from your diet.
Here’s the list of top 10 additives to watch out for:
#1: High fructose corn syrup
#3: Hydrolyzed protein
#4: Autolyzed yeast
#5: Monosodium glutamate
#6: Potassium bromate
#7: BHA and BHT
#9: Trans fat
#10: Artificial colors
“Harmful food additives can contribute to many serious medical conditions that include diabetes, obesity and heart disease,” notes Harvard M.D., Dr. Eva Selhub. “Eliminating these ‘top 10’ additives from your diet is an excellent start to healthier eating.”
Each of the top ten has been discussed in the past. Let's just take a look at HFCS. The corn growers even launched a publicity campaign supporting high fructose corn syrup, advocating that it's no different from regular sugar.
"Doubt and confusion are the currency of deception, and they sow the seeds of complacency. These are used skillfully through massive print and television advertising campaigns by the Corn Refiners Association's attempt to dispel the "myth" that HFCS is harmful and assert through the opinion of "medical and nutrition experts" that it is no different than cane sugar. It is a "natural" product that is a healthy part of our diet when used in moderation. Except for one problem. When used in moderation, it is a major cause of heart disease, obesity, cancer, dementia, liver failure, tooth decay and more." Huffington Post, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/high-fructose-corn-syrup-dangers_b_861913.html.
There are a few links to check out below. Check out 4/11 Declared National "Read Your Labels Day" by Citizens for Health for more information about why you should be reading your labels!
From more detailed information about why these additives are not great for you or your family, look at 10 ingredients to avoid. It includes what they're used for and why to avoid them.
Another great site to look at is FoodIdentityTheft.com, a nonprofit organization dedicated to informing consumers about food safety issues.