Because they have been linked to health issues such as cancer, increased inflammation in the body, weight gain, and chronic illness such as kidney disease, heart disease and even premature death.



Sodium Nitrite: a preservative commonly added to processed meats like hot dogs, bacon, sausage, cured and canned meats.


Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil: a manufactured fat that contains trans fatty acids and is cheap with a long shelf-life. Often found in margarine, nut butters, pastries, frozen foods, cakes, cookies, crackers, fast food and nondairy creamer.


High Fructose Corn Syrup: A cheap corn-derived sweetener representing over 40% of all calorie containing sweeteners available.It is in almost everything, some yogurts, sweetened beverages, ice cream, chips, cereal, bread…


Red #3 & Red #40: most widely used food dye in America. It is used in candy, cake, cereal, beverages, maraschino cherries, fruit snacks…


Aspartame: an artificial sweetener sweeter commonly used in diet sodas, yogurts and as a table top sweetener named NutraSweet and Equal.


Monosodium Glutamate: used to enhance the savory flavor of foods. It is found in foods with chicken or beef flavoring, chilis, soups, chips….


Sodium Phosphate: is used to keep meats moist and tender during storage. It is found in sausage, lunch meats and other processed meats and canned fish.


BHA & BHT: used to preserve fats and oils. Found in crackers, butter and foods with added fats.


Blue #1 & Blue #2: a synthetic dye used alone or combined with other dyes to make different colors. Common in foods that are blue, purple and green foods such as beverages, cereals, candy and icing.


Brominated Vegetable Oil: a flame retardant used in rocket fuel that also acts as a beverage emulsifier. When added to drinks, it prevents flavoring from separating from other ingredients and floating to the top of the bottle. It is used in citrus flavored beverages and some sports drinks.