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Food additives are things added to food during processing, typically to enhance color or freshness. While some of them are natural, many aren’t—and all those unnatural additives can cause nasty side effects. Think about the artificial sweeteners hiding in diet soft drinks, or the emulsifiers (used to keep food from separating) in the salad dressing sitting in your refrigerator.
Just these two things alone could easily destroy gut health. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to unnatural additives. Also, when you realize that most of them aren’t even tested for safety at all…well, it’s enough to make you extremely confused. 
Crucial Reasons Why You Should Avoid Food Additives
Food additives aren’t inert ingredients; they’re active and present a real health risk. If you know the reasons why food additives are dangerous, it may help you steer clear of certain foods that may contribute to longterm health concerns.
So while there are more reasons than we could count as to why you should avoid food additives altogether, here are 3 more you really need to know.
1. Food Additives Destroy Heart Health
A recent study suggests eating lots of phosphate-rich foods like soda, processed cheese, baking powder, and many processed foods increases production of the FGF23 hormone, which can put a strain on the heart.  Research from the American Heart Association also suggests men should cut processed red meat out of their diets because of an increased risk of heart failure.
 It’s not necessarily the meat itself that is associated with heart concerns, but rather the chemical preservatives (nitrates, for example) that is the issue.
2. Food Additives Disrupts Hormone Balance
3. Make Kids Misbehave
Recent research out of Australia even suggests some additives—even the ones in those “healthy” snacks—can lead to mood swings and irritability in kids. For instance, cultured dextrose (also known as calcium propionate)—one such additive in healthy breads and wraps—can cause “irritability, fatigue or insomnia.”
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