Including something new in a food isn't always a good
idea, especially when it comes to your health. Here are
12 additives to subtract from your diet:
1. Sodium Nitrate (also called Sodium Nitrite)
This is a preservative, coloring, and flavoring commonly
added to bacon, ham, hot dogs, luncheon meats, smoked
fish, and corned beef. Studies have linked eating it to
various types of cancer.
2. BHA and BHT
Butylated hydroxyanisole and butylated hydrozyttoluene
are used to preserve common household foods. They are
found in cereals, chewing gum, potato chips, and vegetable
oils. They are oxidants, which form potentially cancer-causing
reactive compounds in your body.
3. Propyl Gallate
Another preservative, often used in conjunction with
BHA and BHT. It is sometimes found in meat products, chicken
soup base, and chewing gum. Animals studies have suggested
that it could be linked to cancer.
4. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
MSG is an amino acid used as a flavor enhancer in soups,
salad dressings, chips, frozen entrees, and restaurant
food. It can cause headaches and nausea, and animal studies
link it to damaged nerve cells in the brains of infant
5. Trans Fats
Trans fats are proven to cause heart disease. Restaurant
food, especially fast food chains, often serve foods laden
with trans fats.
Aspartame, also known by the brand names Nutrasweet and
Equal, is an sweetener found in so-called diet foods such
as low-calorie desserts, gelatins, drink mixes, and soft
drinks. It may cause cancer or neurological problems,
such as dizziness or hallucinations.
This is a relatively new artificial sweetener found in
baked goods, chewing gum, and gelatin desserts. There
is a general concern that testing on this product has
been scant, and some studies show the additive may cause
cancer in rats.
8. Food Colorings: Blue 1, 2; Red 3; Green 3; Yellow
Five food colorings still on the market are linked with
cancer in animal testing. Blue 1 and 2, found in beverages,
candy, baked goods and pet food, have been linked to cancer
in mice. Red 3, used to dye cherries, fruit cocktail,
candy, and baked goods, has been shown to cause thyroid
tumors in rats. Green 3, added to candy and beverages,
has been linked to bladder cancer. The widely used yellow
6, added to beverages, sausage, gelatin, baked goods,
and candy, has been linked to tumors of the adrenal gland
Olestra, a synthetic fat found in some potato chip brands,
can cause severe diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and gas.
Olestra also inhibits healthy vitamin absorption from
fat-soluble carotenoids that are found in fruits and vegetables.
10. Potassium Bromate
Potassium bromate is used as an additive to increase
volume in some white flour, breads, and rolls. It is known
to cause cancer in animals, and even small amounts in
bread can create a risk for humans.
11. White Sugar
Watch out for foods with added sugars, such as baked
goods, cereals, crackers, sauces and many other processed
foods. It is unsafe for your health, and promotes bad
12. Sodium Chloride
A dash of sodium chloride, more commonly known as salt,
can bring flavor to your meal. But too much salt can be
dangerous for your health, leading to high blood pressure,
heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure.