Protect Your Family From
There are more than 3000 different food additives that are purposefully
added to our food supply. Some of them are known to cause cancer!
How is this possible?
Even though the Delaney Clause of the 1958 Food Additives Amendment
states that any additives shown to cause cancer in humans or animals
are not permitted to be added to our food, political pressure has
caused the FDA to relax these standards and allow “small
amounts” of cancer causing substances to be used in foods.
But that’s not the worst of
Not only are known carcinogens allowed in your food, but certain food
additives can cause allergic reactions in some people. Other additives
may be harmful to certain groups of people such as pregnant women,
infants, people with high blood pressure and people with kidney
There’s even more bad
Even if all of the food additives used in our foods were safe
individually, rarely does any food have only one additive in it.
Testing for additive safety has been done for individual additives, not
for combinations of additives. Additives that are safe individually may
be harmful in certain combinations. Nobody knows the effects of the
many different additives used in the thousands of different
It’s enough to make you afraid to eat
packaged foods of any kind.
How can you protect you and your family?
The good news is…food labels for packaged foods must list
ingredients. The not-so-good news is that finding the ingredients on
the label and being able to read them can be a challenge.
often hidden under a flap of packaging material in very tiny print,
barely readable without a magnifying glass.
And many of the ingredients have extremely long
complicated names like ethyl methyl phenylglycidate or ferric sodium
pyrophosphate. Words that don’t mean anything to anyone
they have a chemistry degree. So even if you pull out your magnifying
glass and read the small print, it still wouldn’t do you any
Here’s something else to watch out
for…“stealth” listing of the
ingredients. Often the
package has statements like "NATURAL FRUIT FLAVORS, with Real Fruit
Juice," or ALL NATURAL INGREDIENTS and NO PRESERVATIVES ADDED. This
does not mean there are no harmful additives in the product. There very
well could be. By using these words, the manufacturer hopes you'll
think these are healthy, natural products and buy them.
The easiest way to protect yourself and your
to know how to read the labels and what it means as far as your health
is concerned. You don’t need a college education to do that.
do you need to do hundreds of hours of research. All you need
FOOD ADDITIVES: A Shopper’s Guide To
What’s Safe And What’s Not.
The “Rosetta Stone” of
Food Label Gobbledygook
Just like the Rosetta Stone enabled historians to translate Egyptian
hieroglyphics, FOOD ADDITIVES: A Shopper’s Guide To
What’s Safe And What’s Not
enables you to translate the mind-boggling, scientific chemical names
of food additives into a simple rating system so that you know
what’s safe and what isn’t. It’s small
you can carry in a purse or pocket when you go to the grocery store.
You can read the list of ingredients and compare each additive with the
additives listed in this book—before you buy.
A Good Rule of Thumb
If the list of ingredients is long, there's probably a lot of chemical
additives in the product. It’s best to avoid these foods
of the unknown health effects of combinations of food additives.
If the list of ingredients is short, it may or may
not have harmful additives in it. Look it up in FOOD ADDITIVES: A Shopper’s Guide To
What’s Safe And What’s Not before you
decide to purchase it.
Ingredients are listed on the label in order of
predominance by weight...the ingredient that weighs the most is listed
first, the ingredient that weighs the least is listed last. If
there’s a questionable additive on the list, the closer it is
the front of the list, the more you put yourself at risk.
Food Additive Safety Codes
The following codes indicate the safety of the additives in the table
below. Many additives have more than one code used to describe their
|| GRAS -
Generally Recognized As Safe by the FDA.
|| FDA approved
|| There is no
known toxicity. The additive appears to be safe.
|| The additive
may cause allergic reactions.
|| Caution is
advised. The additive may be unsafe, poorly tested, or used in foods we
eat too much of.
|| Caution is
advised for certain groups in the population, such as pregnant women,
infants, persons with high blood pressure, kidney problems, etc.
|| The additive
is unsafe or very poorly tested.
Some Common Food Additives
- "Sunette"; may cause low blood sugar
attacks; causes cancer, elevated cholesterol in lab animals.
- same as acesulfame-K.
or vegetable shortening - associated with heart disease,
hardening of the arteries, elevated cholesterol levels.
color FD & C, U.S certified food color - contribute
to hyperactivity in children; may contribute to learning and visual
disorders, nerve damage; may be carcinogenic; see FD&C Colors.
flavoring - may cause reproductive disorders, developmental
problems; not adequately tested.
sweeteners - associated with health problems; see
- may cause brain damage in phenylketonurics; may cause central nervous
system disturbances, menstrual difficulties; may affect brain
development in unborn fetus.
- can cause liver and kidney damage, behavioral problems, infertility,
weakened immune system, birth defects, cancer; should be avoided by
infants, young children, pregnant women and those sensitive to aspirin.
|| BHT -
see BHA; banned in England.
vegetable oil - linked to major organ system damage, birth
defects, growth problems; considered unsafe by the FDA, can still
lawfully be used unless further action is taken by the FDA .
- psychoactive, addictive drug; may cause fertility problems, birth
defects, heart disease, depression, nervousness, behavioral changes,
Colors – colors considered safe by the FDA for use
in food, drugs and cosmetics; most of the colors are derived from coal
tar and must be certified by the FDA not to contain more than 10ppm of
lead and arsenic; certification does not address any harmful effects
these colors may have on the body; most coal tar colors are potential
carcinogens, may contain carcinogenic contaminants, and cause allergic
glutamates - may cause brain damage, especially in children;
always found in autolyzed yeast, calcium caseinate, enzymes, flavors
& flavorings, gelatin, glutamate, glutamic acid, hydrolyzed
protein, hydrolyzed soy protein, plant protein extract, protease,
protease enzymes, sodium caseinate, textured protein, yeast extract,
yeast food and yeast nutrient; may be in barley malt, boullion, broth,
carrageenan, malt extract, malt flavoring, maltodextrin, natural
flavors, natural chicken flavoring, natural beef flavoring, natural
pork flavoring, pectin, seasonings, soy protein, soy protein
concentrate, soy protein isolate, soy sauce, soy sauce extract, stock,
whey protein, whey protein concentrate, whey protein isolate, anything
that is enzyme modified, fermented, protein fortified or
ultrapasteurized and foods that advertise NO MSG; see MSG.
vegetable oil - associated with heart disease, breast and
colon cancer, atherosclerosis, elevated cholesterol.
vegetable protein - may cause brain and nervous system damage
in infants; high salt content; may be corn, soy, or wheat based.
Contains free glutamates.
- may cause headaches, itching, nausea, brain, nervous system,
reproductive disorders, high blood pressure; pregnant, lactating
mothers, infants, small children should avoid; allergic reactions
common; may be hidden in infant formula, low fat milk, candy, chewing
gum, drinks, over-the-counter medications, especially
children’s, binders and fillers for nutritional supplements,
prescription and non-prescription drugs, IV fluids given in hospitals,
chicken pox vaccine; it is being sprayed on growing fruits and
vegetables as a growth enhancer; it is proposed for use on organic
flavors - may be chemically extracted and processed and in
combination with other food additives not required to be listed on the
label; may contain free glutamates; see MSG.
- form powerful cancer-causing agents in stomach; can cause death;
considered dangerous by FDA but not banned because they prevent
- may cause headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness; see nitrates.
are only a few of the thousands of food additives commonly added
to our food.
For a more complete listing, get a copy of FOOD ADDITIVES: A Shopper's Guide to What's
Safe & What's Not, a handy pocket sized book which
classifies over 1000 commonly used food additives as seen above.
In just seconds, the average person can find out if an additive in the
food they're buying is harmful. It's clear, concise and easy to use.
If healthy eating is important to you
and you don’t know if the food additives listed on the labels
of the foods you buy are safe for you, you need this book. Make it your
constant grocery shopping companion and you'll never again wonder about
the safety of the ingredients listed on the package. You'll know.
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