Many of our readers are aware of the dirty dozen in fresh produce. Researched by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), consumers are advised on which produce items are most likely to have high level of pesticides.
Now the EWG has come up with a new guide to help us understand which food additives are most important to avoid. Of course, individuals may have specific sensitivities that require additional exclusions.
EWG says: “Food should be good for you. But some isn’t. More than 10,000 additives are allowed in food. Some are direct additives that are deliberately formulated into processed food. Others are indirect additives that get into food during processing, storage and packaging. How do you know which ones to avoid because they raise concerns and have been linked to serious health problems, including endocrine disruption and cancer? The guide covers ingredients associated with serious health concerns, additives banned or restricted in other countries and other substances that shouldn’t be in food. And it underscores the need for better government oversight of our food system.”
See each link below for a description of the items in that category:
- Nitrates and nitrites
- Potassium bromate
- Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA)
- Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)
- Propyl gallate
- Secret flavor ingredients
- Artificial colors
- Phosphate food additives
- Aluminum additives