EWG’s Dirty Dozen Guide to Food Additives

The EWG (Environmental Worker’s Group) is dedicated in providing consumers the most up to date information about foods, home products, beauty products and much much more. The EWG recently came out with a dirty dozen guide to food additives. With more than 10,000 food additivies currently allowed in foods according to the FDA standards, there is definitely reason for concerns. That was 10,000! Some of these additives are known as “direct additives” which are additives that are directly part of the formulation of certain products whereas there are also “indirect additives” that are additives that get into our foods during processing, storage and packing of said products. The EWG’s “Dirty Dozen Guide to Food Additives” helps consumers figure out some of the worst failures by the food regulatory system and allows you to protect yourself and your family from harsh additives that can have serious health concerns.

Food Additives Linked to Health Concerns:

  • Nitrites and Nitrates
  • Potassium Bromate
  • Propyl Paraben
  • Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)
  • Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT)
  • Propyl Gallate
  • Theobromine
  • “Secret Flavor Ingrediants”
  • Artificial colors
  • Diacetyl

Food Additives on the Watchlist (not yet concerned harmful by research is still being done)

  • Phosphate Food Additives
  • Aluminum Additives
Resources: Ewg’s Dirty Dozen Guide To Food Additives. https://www.ewg.org/research/ewg-s-dirty-dozen-guide-food-additives#.WvmvaIoh3IV


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