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.