Artificial additives are bad for you no matter which way you look at them.

Many of them are made from petroleum! Yuck! Read food labels very carefully, and try to stay away from packaged and processed foods. When you eat out, sometimes you can ask your server about what ingredients are used and if they could please stay away from the following “bad stuff.”

Here are a couple of “sneaky” additives that are in many foods we commonly eat, and we don’t even realize it:

  • MSG – Monosodium Glutamate, also listed on food as hydrolyzed protein, causes tingling, headaches, neck pain, and back pain.
  • Hydrogenated Oil/Trans Fat – This stuff is terrible for your heart and blood vessels. Stay away from partially hydrogenated oils, also. These raise your bad cholesterol and lower your good cholesterol.
  • Salt – We get way too much of this snuck into fast food and prepared/packaged food. Sometimes there is enough in one fast food serving to use up an entire day’s worth of salt! Cured and pickled foods also have very high salt contents. Any of these foods can cause or contribute to heart burn / acid reflux.
  • Artificial Coloring – This stuff causes ADHD even in those who have not been diagnosed with ADHD. Candy, juices, “vitamin waters” and sodas are common culprits. If you want to be “on-task” for a big meeting, stay clear of artificial colors. If you want your kids to calm down already, cut out everything containing artificial ingredients. We are all healthier without them.

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Let us know what you think and what your experiences have been.