For decades now, the food industry has created new chemicals to transform our food supply.  Now, there are even “foods” that are made entirely from chemicals. There are five main reasons why chemicals are added to our foods:

  1. To improve shelf life or storage time.
  2. To make food convenient and easy to prepare.
  3. To increase the nutritional value.
  4. To improve the flavor of foods.
  5. To enhance the attractiveness of food products and improve consumer acceptance.

Despite these advances in science, this type of manipulation can have a profound effect on our body in terms of possibly promoting disease rather than health. Many of the chemical additives, preservatives, and sweeteners have been linked to obesity, cancer, heart disease, and behavioral problems. While we all can appreciate the convenience of packaged and fast foods (we know, our lives are busy!), we should skip those with nasty toxic offenders.

Which Food Additives Should You Avoid?

1. Sodium Nitrite/Nitrate

Sodium nitrate (or sodium nitrite) is used as a preservative, coloring, and flavoring in bacon, ham, hot dogs, lunch meats, corned beef, smoked fish, and other processed meats. This ingredient has been found to form nitrosamines, some of which are human carcinogens—studies have shown an increased risk of rectal, esophageal, and gastric cancers and consumption of foods containing nitrates/nitrites.  There is also a link between increased nitrates and Parkinson’s disease, Diabetes, and Alzheimer’s.

2. Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners are commonly found in diet or sugar-free sodas, sugar-free gum, drink mixes, baking goods, table top sweeteners, cereal, breath mints, pudding, ice tea, chewable vitamins, and even toothpaste. Some of the documented effects of consuming artificial sweeteners are behavioral problems, hyperactivity, allergies, and possibly carcinogenic effects as well.  The use of any artificial sweetener by children and pregnant women is not recommended, as the lasting effects are not well studied. Anyone with PKU (phenylketonuria—a problem of phenylalanine, an amino acid, metabolism) should not use aspartame (NutraSweet).

3. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

MSG is an amino acid used as a flavor enhancer in soups, salad dressings, chips, frozen entrées, lunch meats, seasonings, and many restaurant foods. MSG is known as an excitotoxin, a substance that overexcites cells to the point of damage or death. Studies show that regular consumption of MSG may result in adverse side effects, which include depression, disorientation, eye damage, fatigue, headaches, and obesity.

4. Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) & Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT)

BHA and BHT are preservatives found in cereals, chewing gum, potato chips, and vegetable oils. This common preservative keeps foods from changing color, changing flavor, or becoming rancid. It has been shown to affect the nervous system, alter behavior, and has the potential to cause cancer.

5. Hydrogenated Fats/Trans Fats

Hydrogenated oils are used to enhance and extend the shelf life of food products.  They are found in deep-fried fast foods and certain processed foods made with margarine or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils (trans fats are formed by a process called hydrogenation). Numerous studies show that trans fat increases LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels while decreasing HDL (“good”) cholesterol; increases the risk of heart attacks, heart disease, and strokes; and contributes to increased inflammation, diabetes, and other health problems. Keep in mind that a food label may state that a product contains “0” grams of trans fats, as the labeling law allows that when the product contains less than 0.49 grams per serving.  Always read the ingredients to ensure that the product does not contain any hydrogenated oil or partially hydrogenated oil to limit trans fat intake.

And of course… Artificial Food Colorings (Read the 5 Ways to Avoid Risky Artificial Food Dyes)

Changing your shopping and eating routines isn’t something you can easily do overnight‑take it one step at a time. The first step is to become more aware about what you are currently eating. Then you can take steps to make the changes you desire.

Start with a few small changes that make a big difference. For example, shop a local farmers’ market. Pick one additive from the list above, and the next time you do your shopping make sure not to purchase any items that contain it…work your way down the list. The fresher your cart looks, the easier it will be!

Be Well, Be NutritionWise.

~ Nicole Meadow, MPN, RD of NutritionWise

This post is solely for informational purposes. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for medical advice. Before undertaking any course of treatment or dietary changes, you should seek the advice of your physician or other health care provider.

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  • Nathan T

    Great read! :) Thank you!!

    • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

      You’re welcome, Nathan. Thanks for reading and being a member of the community. We appreciate the support.

  • dani

    so hard to find foods without these things these days…

    • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

      It’s surprising (and scary) how many places artificial dyes show up. One reader Kris kindly shared that Trader Joe’s doesn’t sell foods with artificial dyes, so that may be a good place to look for alternatives.

    • AgapeAdrienne

      Funny, I was thinking how much easier it is now and thankful that things are marketed and labeled to make it easier to find items without these ingredients!

      (I too am a huge fan of Trader Joe’s.) PS- It gets easier to spot these unwanted ingredients over time, so give it try. Good luck!

      • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

        AgapeAdrienne, are there any specific labels or buzz words you look for when reading the products? Thanks for all the great info.

        • AgapeAdrienne

          I look for the label to say “No artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.” Also, no hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils, mono-sodium glutamate (haven’t memorized the other names for MSG yet,) or high fructose corn syrup. Those are the main ones I look for, and I’ve gotten pretty good at skimming the labels at the store. Once you get to know products you won’t have to read every single label anymore. The first few shopping trips may take a while, just a warning!

          • Welovecapri

            You do still need to check the labels since companies can change their ingredients without notice. My daughter has a lot of food allergies and the first the the allergist said was ALWAYS check the labels, even if you’re familiar with them. Also learn that there are “code” words that they use for certain things that the companies use to technically advise of an ingredient. caramel color, casein, natural flavorings all mean there is dairy protein in it. Artificial flavorings and seasonings mean MSG. The list goes on. Best bet is to stay away from processed foods all together.

          • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

            Always checking the label is great advice, especially in light of the fact the companies change ingredients.

          • mark

            Caramel color does not have dairy protein in it.

    • shaniqua

      ikr

  • http://twitter.com/theallergista The Allergista

    I’m allergic to hydrogenated oils… Does this infer that there are no hydrogenated oils in any of your products?! :-D

    • delores_in_wa_state

      How did you determine it was the hydrogenated process and not a particular oil? Hydrogenation can be done with different oils.

  • sanene

    I am surprised High Fructose Corn Syrup is not on this list. I avoid high fructose corn syrup and won’t buy anything that contains it. It takes longer to shop because it is in just about everything, things you would never imagine, and even disguised by using other names. Some companies are wising up and advertising that their product does not contain HFCS, but unfortunately not enough of them.

    • http://twitter.com/kelzebubba Kelzebubba

      It is on the list, she said Artificial Sweeteners which High Fructose Corn Syrup happens to be.

      • mark

        Why are artificial sweeteners bad? Aspartame is made by combining two amino acids that are abundant is nature. Anybody on this site know what an amino acid is?

        • Fladabosco

          95% of fatalities caused by mushrooms are because of toxic amino acids. They are abundant in nature.

          I’m not a scientist but it seems to me that any time you take a substance like corn and reduce it to a few chemical components it is going to be harmful, as HFCS is. Words like ‘natural’ have no meaning here. I prefer ‘close to its natural state.’

        • delores_in_wa_state

          As a healthcare professional yes. And did you know that that there are several types of amino acids and if you do not get the right combinations of them your protein intake will be inadequate and you still become protein deficient?

          There are many things abundant in nature, not all of them are good for you. Arsinic is one. Panax Gensing is another that can be dangerous if you get too much; Siberian Gensing is better – yet these energy drinks all use the Panax. Why? It is probably cheaper and as long as those companies don’t drink their own product who cares, right? Why is it allowed? Supplements are regulated in the US. So unless do research on the correct sites you will never know.

          Aspartame can cause severe mental retardation in people with a disorder that cannot break down these amino acids.

      • mark

        HFCS is natural.

        • delores_in_wa_state

          Where ever you heard this has not yet reacched the cardiology research department of the University of Washington who have been trying for a decade to get this “altered” corn syrup out of our food; or why other countries refuse to put it in their foods.

          Corn syrup is natural and GRAS (generally regarded as safe) until recently – due to Monsanto pesticide infestation, but NOT the altered HFCS. Now I only eat white corn and not much of that.

          Either, you have been duped or you are trying to dupe the public with a slight of hand fact that is twisted.

    • mark

      high fructose corn syrup is natural. It is a refined sugar, nothing more or less.

      • Fladabosco

        And bullets are made of naturally occurring elements like lead and sulfur.

        HFCS is now the NUMBER ONE source of calories in the US diet. No wonder 1/3 of Americans are clinically obese. These are totally empty calories. Obesity and its related problems are among the most common preventable illnesses in the US.

      • delores_in_wa_state

        Where ever you heard this has not yet reacched the cardiology research department of the University of Washington who have been trying for a decade to get this “altered” corn syrup out of our food; or why other countries refuse to put it in their foods.

        Corn syrup is GRAS (generally regarded as safe) until recently – due to Monsanto pesticide infestation, but NOT the altered HFCS. Now I only eat
        white corn and not much of that.

        Either, you have been duped or you are trying to dupe the public with a slight of hand fact that is twisted.

      • mary jo

        No it is not natural, it has been manipulated to become that way or they would call it corn syrup.

    • mark

      How is this disguising the name? HFCS is the abbreviation. it is not a terribly difficult code to break.

    • red

      one way to avoid all of this is to shop at whole foods if you have one available to you. they don’t carry anything with any of the items mentioned here. you can go to there web site and pull up the list of things you will not find in the items they stock. it is a few pages long. so scary and unfortunate where this country is going and how money has so much to do with it. greed and no accountability or responsibility, no right or wrong……

  • homegrown

    With all the genetically modified (GM) foods on the market, we as consumers have to get more demanding of our FDA. We must get them out of the pocket of the Pharmaceutical companies and get them working for our well being again. You have no idea how many medications and dangerous carcinogenic additives we consume that are called food additives (MADE BY THE PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES) passed by the FDA AND FED TO OUR COWS, CHICKENS, PIGS, then put into the PROCESSED FROZEN FOODS. EVERYTHING FROM PIZZA TO TATER TOTS. WE MUST BECOME MORE VOCAL AND START SAYING NO MORE GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS. The government has been doing it slowly for years. What it boils down to is CONTROL THE GOOD SUPPLY, CONTROL THE PEOPLE. I have seen so many documentaries (and I think this is what we should all be doing is educating ourselves) that state right out, we are killing ourselves by eating. Everything from mental (ADHD, Alzheimers, etc..to the vast cancers. LET’S WAKE UP BEFORE WE’RE ALL DEAD.

    • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

      Thank you for your passion! You might also enjoy our posts on avoiding artificial food colorings and another on GMOs—both which can be found on the blog.

    • mark

      LET’S BAN DI-HYDROGEN OXIDE! it is literally everywhere! It shows up in rivers, in your household tap. It is in your body right now.

      • T-Ozzy Czernik

        DO you mean monDI-HYDROGEN OXIDE?

      • Seeker

        Technical name for water? SILLY !

    • mark

      Why are genetically modified foods bad? Did you know without corn that has been modified to grow with less water, less fertilizer and insecticide corn would quadruple in price and be less safe. In addition, corn is the main feedstock for cows, chicken and pigs. So the cost of all of that food will increase dramatically.

      • delores_in_wa_state

        Gee, and no one can figure out why the US is the sickest nation of the western world. I will trade high cost of frequent doctor bills for nutritious poison free food anyday.
        I discovered exactly how poisonous our food supply is when after being diagnosed with a chronic, life long illness (LUPUS) . I was taking a lot of medication to manage the pain, fatigue, inability to concentrate, etc.

        Flew to Australia in 2000 for holiday, and ate what called their “crappy” food which was not grown with pesticides or turned by GMO. I was pain free, and had energy the entire two weeks, until returning home to the US.

        I began purchasing local organic meat, eating only fresh (organic if I could) fruits/Vegetables and limit processed foods to about 10% of my diet (organic tomatoes, pasta, rice, Classico or Paul Newman Spaghetti sauce and only breads using sugar and no HFCS) I only by Coke/Pepsi Mexico – or All Natural Sierra Mist for an occsional soda and drink coffee, tea or 100% fruit juice otherwise.

        Guess what. I am no longer taking medication for LUPUS. I challenge you to change your diet for a month or two and see how you compare to what you feel like now.

        • Connie

          where do you find coke/pepsi mexico?
          I live on Long Island.

      • http://www.facebook.com/fullcircle.martialarts.54 Full Circle Martial Arts

        About 15 years ago I read an article about GM corn. The concern was that GM corn was cross fertilizing with unmodified corn strains. The GM corn was specifically engineered for animals and could not be digested by humans. Since the GM corn was crossing with the human corn, there were increased reports of severe allergic reactions to corn in emergency rooms from people that had never experienced allergic reactions to corn in the past (some people died). There were also complaints about the digestibility of corn. Since human can’t digest feed corn, an unforeseen repercussion is that corn will eventually be lost as a nutrition resource for humans. At the time the article was written, the purest genetic examples of corn were found on a Mexican mountain plateau at an altitude of over 10,000 feet. (Sorry, I can’t remember exact altitude). 6 out of 100 plants were infected with the GM corn strain. Even though the remote location was separated
        by 1000’s of miles from active GM corn fields, nature had found a way to mix the modified corn with the unmodified corn. (Wind, insects, etc). I wonder what the ratio is today.

        Organic farmers have found it extremely difficult, if not impossible to keep GM strains of seed from infecting their fields. I have seen reports on this with Canola as well. We (specifically certain unnamed corporations) are changing food that humans evolved with, food that humans rely on for nutrition that we rely on to live. These corporations make billions of dollars off of GM seed, but they have not researched the long term effect of their product on our world. I wholeheartedly support any effort to reduce the use of pesticides and fertilizers, but with GM corn, we are throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
        And finally, the financial argument is faulty as well; while pesticides and fertilizers are expensive, so is GM seed. The farmer does not see a substantial decrease in cost growing GM foods. Plus the price the farmer is paid for his or hers crops is not in based on the price of production, but on supply and demand as dictated by the commodities market. We are told the cost of food could be higher without GM corn, but we shouldn’t be concerned about it being higher, we should be asking why the cost of food isn’t lower. If the benefit of GM food is lower grow cost, why isn’t the cost lower?
        Btw, if anyone is familiar with the article I am referencing here, please tell me the name and author. In a recent move a lot of my source material was lost, but I believe this was a Scientific America article.

      • T-Ozzy Czernik

        Think for just a moment, it a “seed” has been GENETICALLY “ALTERED” to “KILL” insects that would HARM the plant… then “YOU EAT” THAT PLANT……………………H E L L O ?

      • http://www.facebook.com/anna.lisovski Anna Lisovski

        Wow, Mark, educate yourself….mother nature create cows to eat nothing but grass , their stomach made that way…are trying to argue with nature??? Good luck

    • Beatriz

      You are right on the money. The FDA is no longer working for the people.
      It is unfortunate and sad. Since 2011 they are trying to make a bill that will NOT let us buy our own supplements! Please inform yourself. Now, salmon, is going to be GMO as well. All this is scary.
      Be careful, with cell phone use( radiation), learn about environmental medicine. Be mindful of what you eat.

    • Deeva1854

      You are absolutely correct! What we citizens need to change is our society’s love affair with capitalism. It seems that everyone is in it for the ‘buck’. Instant gratification has become a synonym for America. It’s just extremely sad. We have become a nation of sheep – Corporate America tells us we will like something, that something is good for us, and we buy into it hook, line, and sinker, and then blithely follow along. Everything in moderation…..

      We used to be a nation of leaders – now we are a nation of sheep………..let’s protest the greed of Corporate America and take our lives and our country back.

  • Tom

    Sorry, but avoiding sodium nitrite/nitrate will gain you nothing. Most of the perceived detrimental effects of nitrites and nitrates were based on laboratory results of force-feeding rats and mice amounts that would never be encountered in preserved foods.

    And the part about nitrosamines is also unfounded. Certain vegetables, such as asparagus and spinach contain extremely high amounts of nitrosamines — much more than found in preserved meats. In addition, most natural foods such as berries, fruits and vegetables contain nitrites.

    I avoided nitrites and nitrates until I started curing my own meats and actually did some research on the chemicals and found that they aren’t nearly as bad as some suggest.

    • jb

      I looked that up. Much of the info you cited was based on a study conducted for and promoted by the FDA, so I wouldn’t be so sure that they’re being totally honest about the risks involved.

      Even if it’s all true, the reality of doing lab tests is that you have to administer higher doses to compensate for the fact that humans suffer chronic exposure over their entire lifetimes. It would be infeasible to try and conduct an experiment with comparable time parameters, so the dose must be increased to produce a similar effect. In addition, there have been issues in the past with chemicals demonstrating higher toxicity after they have been isolated from nature and are widely manufactured for industrial use. The following is from a Wikipedia article discussing the isolation of chemicals for medical use, but the implications are the same:

      “A further problem is that isolates often work differently than the original natural products which have synergies and may combine, say, antimicrobial compounds with compounds that stimulate various pathways of the immune system:
      “Many higher plants contain novel metabolites with antimicrobial and antiviral properties. However, in the developed world almost all clinically used chemotherapeutics have been produced by in vitro chemical synthesis…. Many non-natural, synthetic drugs cause severe side effects that were not acceptable except as treatments of last resort for terminal diseases such as cancer. The metabolites discovered in medicinal plants may avoid the side effect of synthetic drugs, because they must accumulate within living cells.[8]“

      • mark

        There is absolutely no basis for what you are saying above. Higher dosing has no correlation to exposure over time. And doing research in Wikipedia is a fool’s errand. People, try to find reputable studies. Any clown can release a study and get press on it.

        Oh no! I saw a car crash yesterday. I will stay away from cars.

  • Mark

    Where is the real science to back up your claims? MSG is natural and found in nature and been prove through real science to be safe. You are using blogs and public opinion. Where are the peer reviewed and vetted studies by reputable sources. This is the kind of nonsense found on daytime TV.

  • Mark

    Why bash the FDA here. We have the safest food supply in the world. Having been involved with obtaining approval it is a very thorough and scientifically rigorous process.

    • delores_in_wa_state

      Mark, have you actually tried to get anything approved through Canada or the UK? The FDA here is a joke compared to other public safety departments around the world because Corporations have trained politicians to convince citizens they do not want “big government”. Therefore food “manufacturers aka adulterators” use whatever they can convincce th public is somewhat safe and dump their pollutants where they want (rivers, etc) because the government fails to force regulations, and so forth

    • naturalfoodeater

      Not to bash the FDA, but… Unfortunately, sometimes all it takes is a little “Politcal Power” or money under the table and things get approved. Not saying that everything that gets approved is bad, but things do get “slipped” through the cracks if it is in the approver’s best interest (this happens with anything from food to pharmaceuticals to pesticides etc.). Use your judgement and do what is right for you and your family. If your neighbor does not care what his/her family eats, this is out of your control but what goes on your table is in your hands. Arguing here over the facts and “the facts” gets old and becomes a bickering match.

      The government, in most cases, has control over what is sold on our shelves. Go to your local politicians and make your voice heard and your concerns known (with third party studies to back you up, and not information from websites like Wikipedia or the FDA).

      Or, better yet, speak with the manufacturers of the products you have concerns about. They have the most to lose… customers! All you can do is try to be heard. At the end of the day, you still have control over what you purchase and consume. You have the right to choose.

    • beatriz

      really? are you sure about that???? humm. what side are you on?

    • http://www.facebook.com/anna.lisovski Anna Lisovski

      Safest??? Full of chemicals will safe u from food poisoning, but slowly kil you, wrong 1000 times! European food safer and they have more regulations ab chemicals then US, I would rather eat apple with worm dots then super looking one from market, worm eat it that’s mean its eatable (worms not stupid!

  • Lori

    It is so obvious that “Mark” is one of the highly paid Monsanto mouthpieces who is there to defend every rotten practice of that company to protect their bottom line. Don’t be fooled- GMO is a huge problem in the US and basice labeling to give people a choice about what they feed their families will happen in the US. It is a matter of transparency and honesty. Bad actors like Monsanto have already had their genetically engineered foods banned in many other countries.

  • who really knows

    Dont believe all labels, I also might add that it is in moderation, yeah you drink a case of diet pop every day you will get sick, if you drink 1 or 2 a week you are fine. If you eat chips by the bag every day you are at risk, if you eat a hand full a week you are fine. you all want to argue about something and both sides are right. The key is moderation.

  • Bob

    Thank you for putting artificial sweeteners on your avoid list. In the 90s I started drinking colas with aspartame. Several weeks later I started having Neurological problems and doctors kept telling me it was psychological. I finally got a doctor to listen to me and he asked me if I was doing anything differently. When I told him about sugar free sodas, he told me to stop. I did, but it took several weeks for the problems to go away. I drank a sugar free soda and the problem came back. In my case it was an interaction of aspartame with natural monosodium glutemates I knew I had sensitivity to MSG but didn’t associate it with my health problems. I am vigilant against consuming either of them but once in a while products are not well marked. I worked in the schools and I have been shocked at the number of parents who gave artificially sweetened rather than natural sweetened drinks. Who knows what the results could be

    • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

      We’re so glad you were able to identify how the additives were impacting your health. We very much agree with you that labeling of food and health products is often so vague or confusing, that it’s hard to really tell what’s inside. Which is exactly why we have to make it a point to read labels — to double check everything! Hopefully in the near future food manufactures and producers will have more transparent labeling for consumers.

    • cker1

      Aspartame is also converted into formaldehyde when you consume it. If you are allergic to formaldehyde here is a source you don’t “relate” until you know the conversion of the chemical. (Pepsi and Coke also use a caramel coloring that contains formaldehyde in the preservative. never listing this ingredient on the label. I found this out when I saw California was going to ban coke a pepsi due to a known carcinogen…blah, blah..” I thought it was ridiculous until I read the article. After I stopped drinking Pepsi Throwback, my skin finally cleared up of the miserable itchy skin eruptions from the exposure.)
      I don’t understand the overwhelming number of parents who don’t provide drinking water for their children starting out as an infant/toddler instead of all these sugar laden fruit “juice” blends, sports drinks and colas.

      • http://www.facebook.com/anna.lisovski Anna Lisovski

        do you know that company allowed to use only 5% natural ingredients, to called “100% natural” and also they allowed not to indicate on label another 150,000 chemicals, what a liars!!

  • shaniqua

    almost all the food my kids love have those in it, ESPECIALLY the bacon. :/

  • Bruce

    If I take take the general consensus regarding disease and obesity that is plaguing our country today then ask myself did we have those problems a 100 years ago? The presumed answer is no probably not and a strong possibility for that would be lack of processed or engineered “foods”. My sense of at least part of the reason why we experience more “disease” now is because our bodies get confused with processed foods and thus we experience illness. Just hazarding a guess so please don’t bother hauling out the torches and pitchforks!

    • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

      Hi Bruce,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. We don’t think you’re alone in guessing that processed foods and artificial additives have negatively impacted our health. It’s always a great idea to get back to the basics and eat fresh, whole fruits and veggies (organic when possible). There has even been a study of children who ate organic foods following a diet of conventional ones and the switch reduced the amount of pesticides in their systems. So, your guess seems very sensible.

    • smebdyswatchinme

      People don’t do much moving anymore, things like drive thrus, cpus, video games etc.

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  • Vernajm

    I only have one thing to say to the people that are sticking up for GMO foods….”are you really interested in the UNHEALTHY chemicals we’re ingesting..that result in sickness’s and early death..just to save a buck.” More people may be able to be fed, but what ARE they being fed?? DEATH! If you can’t afford Organic, until the FDA stops taking bribes and/or wises up..buy organic seeds and Grow Your Own! Unless you’d enjoy the Dr bills, you’re going to rack up before you’re 50. Do your research and know what’s going on… and in your bodies. Take responsibility for yourself..and stop listening to the BS the FDA, Pharmaceuticals companies and yes, dr’s.. dishes out. It’s all controlled by the greed for money. Big Surprise!

    • cker1

      I agree with you except the “organic” label can be very misleading. I do grow (2 acres worth of vegetables and fruit) and will tell you that ‘organic” does not mean that the plant was not treated or sprayed with any chemicals. Only that the chemicals that the plant was sprayed with were derived from “once living” source(s). We need to be as careful with organic chemicals as we do with synthetic ones. They are just as dangerous and can be quite toxic.

      • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

        This raises the really important issue of always reading labels and ingredients, doing research, and truly understanding what’s inside and what everything means before bringing it into your home. Thanks for the great reminder.

    • http://www.facebook.com/anna.lisovski Anna Lisovski

      Vernajm, you so right! people read Kevin Trudeau book “Natural Cures “They” don’t want you to know”, highly recommend, you will see all conspiracy in our country……

  • jethro

    what dos the fda do ?

    • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

      The FDA is the US Food and Drug Administration, the agency that is responsible for protecting citizens’ health by regulating certain food, drug, and medical products.

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  • BigDaddy

    Some deli meats may contain high levels of nitrates. Look into them. I chose to switch to Boar’s Head because of what I was eating.

    • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

      Great tip about the nitrates! Thanks for sharing.

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  • MalikTous

    Revoke all Monsanto patents, restrict their GM tech to solving specific viability problems, and watch the food improve. Ban ‘one shot’ seeds and let farmers use seed stock!

  • silverbowl10

    Genetically modified foods wreak havoc on the body; they should be banned all together. They will pollute the corn which is fed to cattle. I will not approach a fast food hamburger. I have also stopped eating in mexican restaurants because of the corn chips. The men and women who control the White House; the pack of wealthy sociopaths who fear the people have found the perfect weapon to reduce the world population. If your kids eat school lunches they will be poisoned. The pharmaceutical corporations are pure evil.

    • madmom101

      Google the “Bilderberg Group”, you are on track, also sign a petition at food democracy now to help halt the spread of GMO foods.

    • http://www.facebook.com/anna.lisovski Anna Lisovski

      oh, love it soooo true! tanks, silverbowl10!!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nathaniel-Smith/100000443003173 Nathaniel Smith

    Yeah… You gotta love that this is the norm for us. Where as, if you want to sell unmodified, organic foods you have to go through this absurd process of filling out mountains of paperwork and paying all kinds of fees. On top of that you have to get regular inspection and such. But if you use chemicals and GMOs, nothing.

    • http://blog.honest.com/ Honest

      Sadly, this is the current state of things. We have to work together to make progress and change things in Washington—and even locally.

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  • Solina Zhang

    Wow, we all know some additives can not be added into food, but it is really a hard and trouble work.

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  • Laura Harrier

    What can we eat?