- Artificial food colors. These have been shown to lead to allergies, asthma, and hyperactivity; they are possible carcinogens.
- Nitrites and nitrates. These substances can develop into nitrosamines in the body, which can be carcinogenic. Found in most processed meats, lunch meat, bacon, etc.
- Sulfites (sulfur dioxide, metabisulfites and others).These can cause allergic and asthmatic reactions. Found in wine and dried fruits.
- Preservatives (BHA, BHT, EDTA, THBQ, and others). These may cause allergic reactions, hyperactivity, and possibly cancer; BHT may be toxic to the nervous system and the liver.
- Artificial flavors. These may cause allergic or behavioral reactions.
- Olestra (an artificial fat).This may cause diarrhea and digestive disturbances. Look for these in “light” versions of salty snacks.
- Food waxes. The protective coatings applied to produce, as in cucumbers, peppers, and apples, may trigger allergies and can contain pesticides, fungicide sprays, or animal by-products.
- Plastic packaging. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is car-cinogenic and may cause immune reactions and lung irritation.
The best way to avoid additives and preservatives is to take back responsibility for feeding your family. Prepare your own foods, from scratch so that you are 100% in control of what goes into your meal.
Nourishing your own body and the bodies of your family members is the single most important thing you do. Right?
It doesn’t have to be hard, especially if you attend my Healthy Shopping Tour next month (in Evansville, Indiana at Schnucks) where I’ll teach you how to navigate the grocery store finding the healthiest food options available. I’ll even provide recipes and meal ideas to get you on the right track when it comes to feeding your family the best food possible.