Additives are substances added to processed foods. These additives range from vitamins and minerals to fortify food, preservatives that prolong the shelf life of the food, sugar and natural/artificial flavorings, and dyes to make food look more appealing.
Additives in the form of vitamins and minerals can be good for you. It's other additives, especially the ones that are hard to pronounce, that you should question the safety of before putting them into your body.
Some additives are cancer causing such as nitrates, nitrites, food colorings and others cause allergic reactions or adverse effects such as monosodium glutamate - MSG.
Foods that contain a long list of additives should raise a red flag. You are better off selecting food items that contain fewer additives to prevent health risk.
Below is a list of sweeteners, preservatives, and colorings that are strongly suspected of causing cancer. Avoid them!
- sodium nitrate (found in processed meats)
- sodium nitrite (found in processed meats)
- blue #1
- blue #2
- blue #3
- green #3
- red #3
- yellow #6
- saccharine (sweetener)
- acesulfame K (sweetener)
- acesulfame potassium (sweetener)
- potassium bromate (usually found in white flour)