Want to know what the additives are in your food? Check this list to find out what it is, why to avoid it, and what types of food you’ll often find it in! You can download the list to your phone or grab the printable version below. This guide does not include absolutely everything, but covers the most common ingredients to avoid in processed food. We’ll be adding more food additives in coming months and years to keep this list current so that you always have a useful resource to turn to! (Note: The “E” numbers next to the additive name is how it is identified and labeled in Europe)…. more
Citric Acid – E330
What it is: Preservative and flavor (sour taste).
Why to avoid: Although citric acid is naturally found in lemon and other fruits, the additive used in packaged foods is typically derived from mold made with GMO corn (not from fruit). Frequent consumption is linked to an increase in tooth decay and also can irritate the gut.
Commonly found in: Juice, bottled ice tea, citrus-flavored sodas, energy drinks, baby food, flavored chips, candy, canned tomatoes.
Enriched Flour and Bleached Flour
What it is: Heavily processed flour with synthetic vitamins and minerals added.
Why to avoid: Flour can be treated with any of the 60 different chemicals approved by the FDA before it ends up on store shelves – including chemical bleach. The industrial processing destroys nutrients, such as Vitamin E and fiber. It has no nutritional value and is essentially dead food, so they “enrich” it with synthetic vitamins (niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid) that are not from nature. (See “Synthetic Vitamins”). Wheat has been heavily hybridized to make it easier for the food industry, is believed to be contributing to an increase in celiac disease, and is often sprayed directly with Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.
Commonly found in: Sandwich breads, buns, rolls, and other baked goods.