Food Additives that Don’t “Add” anything

Betcha you eat or would like to eat most of the foods whose additives are on this DO not EAT list.

Sodium Nitrate

A preservative, coloring, and flavoring used with meat products, sodium nitrate is commonly added to bacon, ham, hot dogs, luncheon meats, smoked fish, and corned beef to stabilize the red color and add flavor. Sodium nitrate prevents growth of bacteria, but studies have linked eating it to various types of cancer.

BHA and BHT

Butylated hydroxyanisole and butylated hydrozyttoluene are additional additives to red flag. They are used to preserve common household foods. Both keep fats and oils from going rancid and are found in cereals, chewing gum, potato chips, and vegetable oils.
Food Additives to Avoid

Propyl Gallate

Propyl gallate is another preservative to avoid, used to prevent fats and oils from spoiling and is often used in conjunction with BHA and BHT. This additive is sometimes found in meat products, chicken soup base, and chewing gum.

Another reason to avoid gum. Heh.

Monosodium Glutamate

Monosodium glutamate is an amino acid used as a flavor enhancer in soups, salad dressings, chips, frozen entrees, and restaurant food. It is commonly associated with Asian foods and flavorings.

Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil
Hydrogenated vegetable oil, also called partially hydrogenated vegetable oil and commonly known as trans fat, makes it onto our dirty dozen list because eating too much of it leads to heart disease.

Aspartame

Aspartame, also known by the brand names Nutrasweet and Equal, is an additive found in so-called diet foods such as low-calorie desserts, gelatins, drink mixes, and soft drinks. It also comes in individual packages used in place of sugar as a sweetener. Aspartame is a combination of two amino acids and methanol that may cause cancer or neurological problems, such as dizziness or hallucinations.

Food Colorings: Blue 1, 2; Red 3; Green 3; Yellow 6

You may think that all dangerous artificial food colorings were banned by the FDA long ago, but there are five still on the market that are linked with cancer in animal testing.

Olestra

Olestra, a synthetic fat known as the brand name Olean and found in some potato chip brands, prevents fat from getting absorbed in your digestive system. This often leads to severe diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and gas.

Overweight is something that just sort of snacks up on you.

The 4 Food Groups:
Pizza, Coffee, Chocolate and Ice cream.

Each day I try to enjoy something from each of the four food groups: the bonbon group, the salty-snack group, the caffeine group, and the “whatever-the-thing-in-the-tinfoil-in-the-back-of-the-fridge-is” group.

The real difference between fat and thin people is that thin people…..

-avoid eating popcorn in the movies because it gets their hands greasy. Sheesh.

-split a large combination pizza with three friends.

-think Oreo cookies are for kids.

-nibble cashews one at a time.

-think that doughnuts are indigestible.

-read books they have to hold with both hands.

-become so absorbed in a weekend project they forget to have lunch. (Who could forget lunch?)

-fill the candy dish on their desks with paper clips.

-think it’s too much trouble to stop at a special store just to buy chocolate.

-don’t celebrate with a hot-fudge sundae every time they lose a pound.

-think that topping brownies with ice cream makes too rich a dessert.

Ha!

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49 Responses to “Food Additives that Don’t “Add” anything”

  1. MK says:

    The way these warnings and studies are, if you follow them to the letter because they ‘might’ kill you, you can’t eat anything and will just have to die of starvation.

    Love the “That wasn’t chicken” picture, brilliant, i’m pilfering that, might use it one day for something.

  2. Perri Nelson says:

    I hate to tell you this, but some of that just isn’t true. People worry too much about a lot of it, and the CSPI (the misnamed center for science in the public interest — actually a group that wants to run our lives, eliminate all chemical additives in food, eliminate preservatives, eliminate meat consumption and otherwise run our lives for us) is one of the reason’s why.

    Aspartame particularly gets a bad rap which is based upon fraudulent science and doesn’t cause dizziness or hallucinations.

    We’ve really got to stop worrying about trace amounts of this or that in our food. Otherwise fear will lead us all to live out our lives in caves wearing nothing but dirt and our skin, huddled together for warmth because we’re afraid to light a fire for light and warmth because of the damage to the environment the carbon dioxide from burning those twigs will cause — if we can even live in the caves, because after all, they’re probably the habitat of some endangered species of blind crab that would be exterminated under our heels in the dark.

    Oh wait… that’s apparently the ultimate goal of the left anyway, after they destroy our economies with regulations, and give us all free health care by taking the funding from people that exploit natural resources for that evil profit. But the health care is only temporary until we learn that we can’t exploit the rain-forest to find the ants that will save us from cancer because after all, those ants are endangered and besides we’ll offend the local witch-doctors.

  3. Perri Nelson says:

    Without artificial sweeteners I would probably die thanks to the coma that sugars will put me into… unless I get regular injections of insulin and some oral pharmaceuticals to allow my body to actually use that insulin.

    I HATE THE NANNY STATE!

  4. Panhandle Poet says:

    Meat, potatos, iced tea, ice cream!

    The best diet book ever written was by Manuel Labore.

  5. Kevin says:

    “split a large combination pizza with three friends.”

    You lost me.

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  7. OMMAG says:

    Ha ! and woot !
    You know my Angel …. I am a natural man.

    Meat comes from the butcher who has his own smoke house … fresh and lean cuts with just the right hang time. Cold cuts all made in the shop natural smoked and no preservatives. You should try the store made turkey breast roll!! Yumm.
    Local bakeries too many to shop them all.

    Don’t fear the coffee .. buy good beans and grind em fresh … make it strong and drink it black.

    Beer! The foundation of civilization. Anyone who doesn’t appreciate beer has no taste and may be barbarian or a Ludite.

    Wine … a gift from the ancient gods. Never say no to a gift from any of the ancient gods.

    When the natural man cooks …. the results are pure and purely delightful.

    Home made breads! Oh yes…and so much other delectable stuff :)

    Cheers!

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  10. Katie says:

    I’m gonna die of something or other one day. Might as well enjoy life before I go. So I don’t care what additives cause cancer or not. All I care is if the food tastes good.

  11. Jason says:

    I like my food fresh and un-fooled around with.

  12. EDGE says:

    I’m with you Katie. If God tells me when I die, “Edge…you know you really should have stayed away from those hot dogs,” I’ll say, “Yah you’re right…but have you ever had one?”:) :) ;)

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  18. nanc says:

    i can personally attest to the olestra report – thinking i was doing something healthy for my children when they were small, got them a bag of the chips containing this – they BOTH developed the stomach cramps and worse!

    i’m with you in the chocolate and caffeine department.

  19. Gayle says:

    I agree with MK, Angel. It’s impossible to follow these warnings to the letter, but it helps to grow a lot of one’s own food, as I do, and to eat out as seldome as possible. :)

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    OK, this should be a Monday post. Now I feel guilty going into the weekend!!

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  23. Brooke says:

    Oh, well. I’m gonna die riddled with disease, I guess! LOL!

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  25. Defiant_Infidel says:

    If only people knew how often “that wasn’t chicken” actually applied… Chicken is good for you, but only after it is skinned and de-fatted. Chicken fat is exponentially worse for you than beef fat, if it is consumed.

    Another great one, Hot Rod. Have a delightful weekend! ;)

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  28. Tom says:

    Moderation and lots of exercise – that’s how my wife has lost 30 pounds and I’ve lost 25 pounds.

    The problem is that preservatives and processed food is all around us, and we often just don’t pay attention to what is in our food supply. Of course, to get food that doesn’t contain preservatives costs more, but you really should know what you put into your mouth…

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  32. obob says:

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  35. Z says:

    ASPERTAME CAN BE A PROBLEM!! Perri, I get stroke symptoms, very mild..tingling, numbness on one whole side and face, from aspertame. I can ONLY have Splenda..caffeine also causes this ridiculous syndrome “body migraine!” I’ve had to go to ER a few times when it’s become worse because you never know if it’s just the migraine or something I need to be seen for. Hate to share personal med stuff, but ASPERTAME CAN BE A PROBLEM, TRUST me!!

    Angel, you’re taking the fun out of eating, but you do it with such adorable one-liners and fantastic illustrations, I don’t mind!! LOVE your work in blogging, it’s unique and great to read..always. z

  36. Debbie says:

    Angel: One correction, NutraSweet and Equal (the same thing) are completely different from Splenda, which you have in your image. Splenda is actually not artificial, but made from some form of sugar (don’t ask me the specifics). Also Perri Nelson is correct, from the studies conducted on rats, a human would have to eat an entire house full of NutraSweet every hour of every day, before they would see any side affects of any kind. Most of these are scare tactics simliar to that of NutraSweet. The amounts you would have to eat would be impossible for a human to consume.

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  39. Jack says:

    Since I stopped worrying about ingredients in my food I am far happier and healthier.

  40. Layla says:

    Z wrote, “ASPERTAME CAN BE A PROBLEM!!” It sure can! It gave me terrible palpitations. Now that I have long since banned it from all my food intake my palpitations are gone.

    I eat regular foods, low fat, low cholesterol, low sodium, low corn starch and syrup – whenever I can, but the key is not really what you eat. It is how much you eat.

    All things are ok in moderation. If people learned moderation we would not see the health issues people experience due to gluttony.

    So I eat my two tacos, drink my caffeine free Sprite and don’t worry about it.

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  48. Brian Bonner says:

    The only snack food I buy is semi-sweet morsels and peanuts. Makes a good trail mix. I snack on it when my appetite is not good (illness). Otherwise i cook everything myself. Pizza, creole potato chips, tortilla chips and gourmet meals. My wife does not even want to go to restaurants, she says no ones cooking is better than mine and it is healthy. Not low calorie, just healthy. I wonder if I could get challenged to a throw down? Nah, I don’t have just one specialty dish. hehe

    We do not worry too much about what we eat, we worry too little about what we stuff in our mouths. But, it is not the governments job to save us from ourselves. products like aspertame and olsetra were made for people that do not understand restraint. I will take sugar and fat over chemicals any day.

    You want to live on fast food, it is fine with me. But, I would be the wrong person to complain to when you are fat, broke and sickly. ;^)

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