I came across an article on scary additives that I thought I’d share. The link will be at the bottom. Note that the “found in” sections are not exhaustive lists – read your labels.
Here’s the top 10 scariest additives, as according to the editors of Men’s Health.
- Olestra (found in Lay’s Light chips and Pringles Light chips) – causes diarrhea, blocks the body’s ability to absorb beta carotene and lycopene; animal studies show that olestra causes more weight gain than real fat.
- Caramel coloring (found in colas and other soft drinks, La Choy soy sauce, Stove Top stuffing mix) – when produced with ammonia, it puts off 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole, chemicals that have been linked to cancer in mice.
- Saccharin (found in Sweet’n’Low and TaB cola) – linked to bladder tumors in rats; shown to cause more weight gain than real sugar.
- Potassium Bromate (found in Johnny Rockets hoagie rolls) – causes thyroid and kidney tumors in rats; banned in most countries
- Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) and Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) (found in Goya lard, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Golden Grahams, Orbit gum) – BHA is reasonably expected to be a human carcinogen, according to the department of health and human services; BHT is less dangerous but causes cancer in lab rats.
- Partially hydrogenated vegetable oil – aka trans fats (found in McDonalds McChicken, Long John Silvers cheese and broccoli soup) – trans fats cause about 70,000 heart attacks per year.
- Sulfites (found in wine, Sun-Maid Mixed Fruit, Jolly Ranchers, Fig Newtons) – can trigger asthma symptoms in certain individuals.
- Azodicarbonamide (found in Dunkin’ Donuts bagels, McDonalds burger buns) – also used in the production of industrial foam, potential cause of asthma.
- Carrageenan (Weight Watchers Giant Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream Bars, Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwiches, Creamsicles) – linked to cancer, colon trouble, ulcers in animal studies.
- Ammonium Sulfate (Nature’s Own bread, Subway rolls) – found in fertilizer and flame retardants, but NOT shown to have adverse health effects in animals.