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Posted on: June 3, 2015 at 10:18 am
Last updated: September 23, 2017 at 12:39 am

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Not long ago, a seemingly radical idea arrived at the grocery store—the mandatory nutrition information label. Designed to help consumers get a clearer picture of what exactly was in their food, the idea essentially legislated food processors into being more transparent about their ingredients.

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Instead however, we got a lot of confusion as Big Food found ways to put questionable substances and suspected carcinogens in plain sight, right there on the nutrition label! Buried in the small print, with abbreviations and chemical chart names only Stephen Hawking would understand, consumers were left little more enlightened than they were before mandatory labeling.

To help unravel the label gibberish, here are the 7 ingredients you should always leave behind on the supermarket shelf:

1. Aspartame

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If it says Equal or NutraSweet on the box, don’t put it in your cart. It’s a chemical sweetener that’s loaded with phenylalanine. This is a neurotoxin which many scientists believe can alter brain function, cause behavioral changes in adults and even mental retardation in growing fetuses when used by mothers-to-be. If that weren’t enough, side effects can also include headaches, seizures, menstrual problems, and gastrointestinal distress.

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2. BHA and BHT

These two similar chemicals are used to prevent oil-containing foods from going rancid. A seemingly admirable enough use. However, they also come with some serious concerns—they’re known carcinogens, having caused cancer in lab rats, mice, and hamsters. Avoid it BHA and BHT all costs.

3. Food Coloring

Designed to make foods more attractive, food coloring has an ugly side: caramel coloring manufacturing involves the use of industrial solvents and carcinogens. Red Dye No. 3 is associated with tumor development. Red Dye 40 and Yellow 6 are closely associated with aggressive behaviors and impulse control problems in children. Stay far, far away.

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4. Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein

Hydrolyzed vegetable protein is a chemically created, flavor-enhancing protein substance that’s similar to MSG, but whitewashed a bit with a healthier sounding name.

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This article was republished with permission from Mind Body Green, you can find the original article here.

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