| Why it is Used
| Why it is Bad
| * Chemical compounds made from coal-tar derivatives to enhance color
| * Linked to allergic reactions, fatigue, asthma, skin rashes, hyperactivity and headaches. * Linked to allergic reactions, dermatitis, eczema, hyperactivity and asthma
| Artificial Flavorings
| * Cheap chemical mixtures that mimic natural flavors.
| * Can affect enzymes, RNA and thyroid.
| Artificial Sweeteners
| * Highly-processed, chemically-derived, zero-calorie sweeteners found in diet foods and diet products to reduce calories per serving.
| * Can negatively impact metabolism * Some have been linked to cancer, dizziness hallucinations and headaches. * May result in hyperactivity, angiodema, asthma, rhinitis, dermatitis, tumors and urticaria
| Benzoate Preservatives(BHT, BHA, TBHQ)
| * Compounds that preserve fats and prevent them from becoming rancid.
| * Can affect estrogen balance and levels.
| Brominated Vegetable Oil(BVO)
| * Chemical that boosts flavor in many citric-based fruit and soft drinks * Cheap alternative to cane and beet sugar
| * Increases triglycerides and cholesterol * Can damage liver, testicles, thyroid, heart and kidneys. * May predispose the body to turn fructose into fat
| High Fructose Corn Syrup
| * Sustains freshness in baked goods * Blends easily in beverages to maintain sweetness.
| * Increases risk for Type-2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke and cancer * Isn't easily metabolized by the liver. * May stimulate appetite and cause headaches, nausea, weakness, wheezing, edema, change in heart rate, burning sensations and difficulty in breathing.
| MSG(Monosodium Glutamate)
| * Flavor enhancer in restaurant food, salad dressing, chips, frozen entrees, soups and other foods.
| * Inhibits absorption of some nutrients
| * An indigestible fat substitute used primarily in foods that are fried and baked
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