4 Food Additives to Avoid

Big Food is ditching risky ingredients: Kraf removed Yellow Nos. 5 and 6 from some of its mac and cheeses, and Gatorade got rid of brominated vegetable oil. We’d love to see more food folks quit these chemicals:

1. Artificial Food Dyes
Petroleum-based dyes such as blue No. 2 and yellow No. 5 are banned elsewhere for their potential roles in hyperactivity and cancer. Pick foods naturally colored by beets and turmeric; organics are a safe bet.

2. Brominated Vegetable
Oil BVO contains bromine—a compound found in flame retardants—and is linked to memory problems. It’s used as an emulsifier in some sodas, sports drinks, and juices, so check ingredient lists.

3. Caramel Coloring
It’s made by heating sugars, ofen with ammonia, and the state of California has labeled one of its compounds a carcinogen. Opt for natural brown dyes like annato extract.

4. Butylated Hydroxyanisole
This petroleum-derived packaged-food preservative is a probable carcinogen. but some spices adequately replace bha, so there may be hope for a preservativefree future.
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