10 Worst Food Additives
Leading nutrition authorities claim that consuming whole foods is the most effective dietary approach. The more whole, natural foods you eat, the better off you will be. This means consuming foods that are not processed and do not contain preservatives, chemicals, fillers, artificial flavors or artificial colors.
Here’s a list of foods you should avoid that commonly contain added ingredients. Plus, check out the chart below of the top 10 worst additives, why they’re used, and why they’re bad for you.
Where are added ingredients found?
1. Refined sugar and sweetened foods
Avoid foods with refined sugars as well as high fructose and regular corn syrups. Candy, soda, syrup, jelly, cookies and baked goods are on the avoid list. Instead, eat foods that are naturally sweet or sweetened with fruit or 100-percent fruit juice. You can also use natural sweeteners, such as honey or agave nectar.
2. Packaged foods with “un-whole” ingredients
Many packaged foods that seem healthy often contain fillers, preservatives and other ingredients you don‘t want in your diet. If you do choose something that has been manufactured (anything canned, packaged, etc.), try to avoid those that contain ingredients you don’t recognize.
3. Diet foods
Diet foods are lower caloric versions of their high-calorie cousins, made by reducing the sugar and/or fat content. Reduced sugar foods and beverages are often loaded with highly processed, chemically-derived sugar substitutes; reduced fat foods usually have a lot of added sugars. Both options require the very additives and processing that are best avoided.
4. Fried foods
Fried foods, especially those that are packaged or come from fast food restaurants, more often than not contain saturated and trans fats. These fats have been linked to diseases and other health problems.
5. Fast Foods
As upsetting as this may be, fast foods are, by all means, the worst of the worst offenders. Most are mass produced, processed and filled with preservatives, artificial flavorings, colorings and other additives. Furthermore, fast food restaurants tend to use ingredients of lesser quality combined with unhealthy fats.
Top 10 added ingredients to avoid
WHY IT’S USED
WHY IT’S BAD
Sweeteners(Acesulfame-K, As-partame, Equal®, NutraSweet®, Sac-charin, Sweet’n Low®, Sucralose, Splenda® & Sorbitol)
Preservatives(BHT, BHA, TBHQ)
|High Fructose Corn (HFCS)|
|MSG (Monosodium Glutamate)|
Hydrogenated and Partially Hydrogenated Oils(Palm, Soybean and others)
|Sodium Nitrite and Nitrate|