Most of household food budgets are spent on processed foods, the majority of which are filled with additives and stripped of nutrients. Discover which common ingredients in the foods you eat pose the greatest risk to your health.
Ultra-processed foods are formulations of several ingredients. Besides salt, sugar, oils and fats, they include substances not generally used in cooking, such as flavourings, emulsifiers, and other additives designed to mimic the qualities of ‘real foods’.
Ultra-processed foods include mass produced soft drinks; sweet or savoury packaged snacks; confectionery and desserts; packaged baked goods; chicken/fish nuggets and other reconstituted meat products; instant noodles and soups.
‘Ultra-processed’ foods make up more than half of all calories consumed in the US diet, and contribute nearly 90% of all added sugar intake.
Cutting back on the consumption of ultra-processed foods could be an effective way of curbing excessive added sugar intake.
Pay attention to the little-known, flavor-enhancing, often lab-generated chemicals that manufacturers pump into food to cut costs and keep you hooked? Just because it isn’t making you fat doesn’t mean it’s not rotting you inside and out.
KEEP HEALTHY INGREDIENTS IN AND BAD INGREDIENTS OUT.
benzoates in food
BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole)
BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)
brominated vegetable oil (BVO)
BST (bovine somatotropin)
calcium disodium EDTA
cotton seed oil
dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate
disodium calcium EDTA
disodium dihydrogen EDTA
ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid EDTA
FD & C colors
GMP (disodium guanylate)
hexa-, hecta, and hepta-esters of sucrose
high fructose corn syrup
hydrogenated oil or fat (artificial trans fats)
hydrogenated starch hydrolysate
IMP (disodium inosinate)
lactic acid esters of monoglycerides
lead soldered cans
microparticularized whey protein
aceytylated esters of mono and diglycerides
Diacetyl tartaric and fatty acid esters (DATEM) of mono and diglycerides
lactylated esters of mono and diglycerides
monosodium glutamate (MSG)
natamycin-cheese slices, crumbles, shreds
Oil, solvent extracted
partially hydrogenated oil
sodium acid sulfate
sodium aluminum phosphate
sodium aluminum sulfate
sodium lauryl sulfate
sodium metabisulfite-food additive
solvent extracted oils
sucrose acetate isobutyrate
TBHQ (tertiary butylhydroquinone )