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Foods Additives You Should Avoid: The New Dirty Dozen

Foods Additives You Should Avoid: The New Dirty Dozen

These 6 food additives are considered “safe” by the government although they are banned in every other county, but the USA. It is not certain that they are harmful to humans but we definitely should not have to consume them. Especially if we want to live a safe chemical free life. Food additives cause an alarming topic and we agree that they should be avoided at all cost. To help you better avoid these scary additives, here is a simple list of foods additives you should avoid: The New Dirty Dozen.

1. Nitrites and Nitrates

Commonly found in processed lunch meats and cured meats. Nitrates and Nitrites are used to help processed foods keep their same color for a long amount of time. They are very high in sodium which acts like a preservative and can contribute to high blood pressure. Once nitrates and nitrites have been digested they can form cancer causing compounds in your body which have been linked to esophageal, stomach, and colon cancer.

2. Potassium Bromate

Potassium bromates are found in processed breads, crackers, flour and any other dry bread products. These products claim to be whole grain, high in fiber, heart-healthy, etc. Be sure to read ingredient labels and you will quickly find out these breads are not close to healthy. They are filled with many harmful additives that have been linked to DNA damage and kidney problems.

3. Propyl Paraben

This harmful chemical has been linked to lower testosterone and reduced sperm count in men, and fertility problems in both men and women. Propyl Paraben is found in foods like tortillas, muffins, food dyes, etc.

4. Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA)

This food additive has been found in preserved meats and chips. Researchers have linked it to cancer, fertility problems, and it has shown to have a negative effect on estrogen metabolism.

5. Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)

Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) is similar to BHA and is often listed as “safe”. It is added to food products as a preservative. Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) is found in foods like hummus, chewing gum, cereals, crackers, cookies, sauces, and more. A study shown rats that had eaten BHA developed lung and liver tumors. It was also shown to cause development issues.

6. Propyl gallate

Propyl gallate is found in foods that have edible fats. This includes foods like sausage, lard and any other meat that has a fatty like texture. Studies have shown that propyl gallate has been related to tumors and rare brain tumors in rats along with many other alarming health issues.

Avoiding food additives

Food additives are every where these days, and it is often hard to reorganize these harmful ingredients but it’s not impossible. That is why it is so important to always read food labels and ingredient lists. We need to know what additives to be avoiding. Use the http://www.ewg.org/foodscores/ it will tell you exactly what is in the food you are buying.

SOURCES FOR THIS ARTICLE:

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/natural-health/meet-the-new-dirty-dozen-food-additives-edition/

http://www.ewg.org/research/ewg-s-dirty-dozen-guide-food-additives/food-additive-watch-list

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