AVOID | Food Ingredients


Does it surprise you to learn that most of our FDA regulation and dietary recommendations have been shaped by the very people who lobby for large food companies?

Did you think that products which are sold in the US marketplaces were really unhealthy that the FDA would protect us?

We did too.

We found out that Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS) is so full of loopholes that its rendered ineffective and outdated.  Big food and agriculture keep blaming consumer demand.  They justifying that if the people didn’t want or like manufactured food and food-like substances, then they wouldn’t keep buying them.

These manufactured and processed foods are made to promote shelf life, not human life.  They are packed full of preservatives and synthetic ingredients.  Food chemists design these foods to be highly addictive, leaving you craving more, which leaves to over-eating and overconsumption because the brain does not feel sated.

As consumers, we are often not given fair opportunity to know what is really in our food or what its lifecycle has been, because the regulations are marketing claims are so confusing, convoluted and vague. Take the phrase “all natural” as a great example, it means nothing as far as regulation goes, but implies to consumers that the product is healthy is someway.

So we did some more research and found some ingredients you will want to look for and avoid purchasing or consuming on a regular basis.


Aluminum Additives

Animal meat coming from Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO’s)

Apricot kernels (also known as B-17)

Artificial colors

Artificial flavors or secret flavor ingredients

Artificial sweeteners:

Acesulfame K

Aspartame (NutrasweetTM)

Sucralose (SplendaTM)

Bleached flours

Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)

Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT)

Cloned animals/cloned animal dairy products


Fresh dairy products from confinement dairies or cows given rBGH (recombinant BGH)

GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) salmon or any other GMO animal/seafood product

GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) fruits or vegetables or any other food product made from these ingredients.

Hydrogenated and/or partially hydrogenated oils

Irradiated food

MSG (Monosodium glutamate)

Non-organic produce


Nitrites and Nitrates

Phosphate Food Additives

Potassium Bromate

Propyl Gallate

Propyl Paraben

Sugar, processed sugar and sugar syrups

Agave nectar

Barbados sugar

Barley malt

Beet sugar

Brown sugar

Buttered syrup

Cane juice crystals

Cane sugar


Carob syrup

Castor sugar

Confectioner’s sugar

Corn syrup

Corn syrup solids

Crystalline fructose

Date sugar

Demerara sugar



Diastatic malt


Ethyl maltol

Evaporated cane juice

Florida crystals


Fruit juice concentrate



Glucose solids

Golden sugar

Golden syrup

Grape sugar

High-fructose corn syrup

Icing sugar

Invert sugar


Malt syrup


Muscovado sugar


Raw sugar

Refiner’s syrup

Rice syrup

Sorghum syrup




Turbinado sugar

Yellow sugar

We realize that it may not be possible or desirable to completely abstain from this list of ingredients, however we would encourage you to become familiar with this list and make educated decisions about the products you choose.  If you are going to purchase processed food, it is recommended you choose organic brands that are low in refined sugars with ingredients you can understand.

Send a message to big food companies by “voting with your pocketbook” every time you are at the grocery store and let them know you care about the food you feed yourself and your family.

Learning to read labels and choosing a whole-food meal pan that is rich in plants, healthy fats and a variety of proteins, is the easiest way to ensure are avoiding these ingredients.

As new information or research becomes available this list may be subject to change.


Environmental Working GroupEWG DIRTY DOZEN AND FOOD SCORES

Environmental Working Group released a list of 12 ingredients you will want to become familiar with and look for on your product labels.  There are always choices, so make sure you become familiar with ingredient decks and look for these common processed food ingredients – Click here to find out more.

If you want to see exactly what is in the food you are or have been purchasing along with a score to measure its toxicity you may find this tool very helpful.  By giving each food a score on a scale of 0-10 you can see what the potential hazards are and if it contains any of the above ingredients.  Click here to learn more about individual products you like to buy.

Institute for Responsible Nutrition – CHANGE THE FOOD SYSTEM

National Resources Defence CouncilFOOD