Dangerous Food Additives You’re Eating Right Now

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The US Food and Drug Administration approve a variety of food additives safe for human consumption. But some processed foods contain one of the 13 banned food flavorings allowed in the US. These compounds are toxic to human health but are still added to innocent-looking food items. Make it a habit to read the labels. Watch out for any of these dangerous food additives in your favorite foods:

Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 in Mac and Cheese

The deep orange color of mac n’ cheese packs is made from a combination of dyes extracted from coal tar. These compounds are usually used to clean industrial floors or kill bugs. Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 are both banned in the US because they are linked to food allergies, ADHD and cancer in animals. If you see any of these additives in your favorite Mac n’ cheese packs, pass on it. These compounds are extremely toxic. We recommend going for all-organic Mac n’ cheese packs or gluten-free varieties instead.

Blue 1 and Blue 2 in Sports Drinks

Just like yellow 5 and 6, blue 1 and 2 contain toxic chemicals that result in ADHD and poor memory. These dyes are usually found in blue colored sports drinks. Rather than taking sports drinks, take water instead. It’s safe, nourishing and refreshing. It’s better than any sports drink on the market! If you want to mix things up, go for all-natural coconut water. It’s packed with electrolytes like magnesium and potassium. It’s also refreshing and totally safe to drink!

Olestra in Potato Chips

Are you addicted to potato chips? Too bad, most brands contain a deadly cocktail of chemicals, sodium and synthetic flavorings. It’s also high in cholesterol and calories! Some potato chips brands use a food additive called olestra olean. This compounds triggers weight gain and slows down the metabolic rate. In a study conducted by researchers at the Purdue University found that, mice fed with foods contain olestra gained more weight than mice fed with a high-fat diet!

Rather than snack on unhealthy potato chips, go for organic alternatives. Organic potato chips are made from pesticide free spuds. They are fried in coconut oil rather than GMO vegetable oil.

Brominated Vegetable Oil or BVO in Sodas

BVO is often found in colas, fizzy drinks, and cold beverages. This compound is used as an emulsifier. BVO is used as a flame retardant. It’s also used in making plastic products. Worse, BVO causes a buildup of fatty acids in the body. It’s also linked to reproductive and behavioral problems!

If you cannot kick your cola habit, try looking for better alternatives instead. Sparkling water or DIY detox water are a great replacement for sodas. To create your own detox water, just slice several types of your favorite fruits and chuck everything in on a pitcher of distilled or mineral water. Let the whole thing steep overnight in the fridge and enjoy it in the morning!

Potassium Bromate in Bread

This is still widely used in bread and baked goods. Potassium bromate bulks up the flour and is very cheap. Unfortunately, this compound is linked to kidney disorders, nervous system problems, and gastrointestinal discomforts.


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