When reading the ingredient label it’s important to know which additives are best to avoid. Use this list as a resource to get the most out of your food!

Food additives have been around since ancient times, though not without controversy. The legal definition for a food additive is a substance that has been specially approved by the FDA after thorough testing for safety. Periodically, substances may be removed from the GRAS or “generally recognized as safe” list as more sophisticated analytical testing for evaluation of safety are developed. Because science is always changing it is important to be aware of those additives still being questioned. To protect yourself from the dangers in your pantry consider the following list of additives.

Artificial Dyes: Red, blue, green, yellow, and FD&C colors

Artificial Sweeteners: In chewing gum, diet soda, and sugar-free foods

BHA and BHT (Butylated Hydroxyanisole and Butylated hydroxytoluene): These oxidants are used to preserve fats and prevent foods from going bad

Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO): Enhances flavor of citrus-based fruit drinks and soft drinks

Potassium Bromate: Found in white flour, breads, and rolls

Propylene Glycol: Found in brake fluid, hydraulic fluid, and antifreeze… but found in dairy products as a thickening agent

Sodium nitrate and sodium nitrite: Prevents botulism

Monosodium glutamate: Flavor enhancer known to cause headaches, chest pain, high blood pressure, and nausea

Olestra: Prevents the digestive system from absorbing fat. Also prevents the absorption of fat soluble vitamins! Found in Wow! Chips .

High Fructose Corn Syrup: Increases your risk of type-II diabetes, coronary heart disease, and cancer