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5 Most Toxic Food Additives to Avoid

Packaged foods are full of unnecessary and potentially dangerous chemical additives. By shopping smart, you can avoid the worst ones and improve your family's health—our handy guide makes it easy.

The average American consumes 22 teaspoons of added sugar every day—for women, that's four times the recommended amount.
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Many cereals contain butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) or butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), chemical preservatives that prevent fats and oils from turning rancid, but which are also potential carcinogens.
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Many “light” chips contain the food additive olestra, or olean, an artificial fat substitute that can cause gastrointestinal problems.
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Many processed food products are made with partially hydrogenated oil, a food additive that creates trans fats, which can raise cholesterol and increase your risk for obesity and heart disease.
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Scientists have linked artificial colors to allergic reactions and a variety of tumors, as well as hyperactivity in children.
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Many children’s cereals contain an assortment of food additives, from artificial coloring to chemical preservatives.
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Chemical stabilizers, which can cause severe allergic reactions, are often found in candy.
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Ice cream often contains chemical stabilizers such as gums, which can cause severe allergic reactions.
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