5 Healthy-Sounding Food Additives to Avoid


We all know how  many unpronounceable additives there are on ingredient labels these days, and it can be overwhelming trying to decipher even seemingly natural food brand’s ingredients. Because we don’t all have time to Google every ingredient in the supermarket isle, here are five healthy-sounding ingredients that should be avoided.

Enriched Wheat

Enriched wheat has long been recommended by doctors as a nutritious way to consume wheat, but it’s actually far from healthy. As real nutrients are stripped from the wheat in modern refining, enriched wheat and flour simply has synthetic nutrients added back in. Enriched flours of all kind should be avoided.

Soy Lecithin 

A lot of people seem to be waking up to how unhealthy soy is, and this innocent-sounding soy product is hidden away in a lot of very healthy looking food products. This emulsifier is really just a nasty bi-product of soy oil production, full of chemical solvents and pesticides.

Natural Flavor

The word “natural” essentially means nothing these days-especially on food labels. The same rule applies to natural flavor. What most people think when they read this, and understandably so as this is what it literally means, is flavors derived from natural sources. But the problem with “natural flavor” is it can be almost anything-including forms of MSG. Vegans in particular should take note-these can often come from strange chemicals derived from beaver glads or beetle shells.


While your Ezekiel brand sprouted corn tortillas are probably safe, many food products have all sorts of super-processed corn derivatives and the majority of the time it’s going to be GMO. It’s nearly impossible to determine if you’re buying organic or GMO-free corn these days.

Canola Oil 

Canola oil has been commonly marketed as a healthy oil for decades, but it is in reality far from healthy. “Canola” is not actually a plant but simply a marketing term for the oil commonly derived from rapeseeds. Agro-giant Monsanto created Roundup-ready rapeseeds in the 90’s, and now roughly 90% of the world’s rapeseeds are GMO.

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One comment on “5 Healthy-Sounding Food Additives to Avoid

  1. As I understand it, the term “rapeseed” was not appealing to people, plus products made from this seed have a tendency to be extremely bitter. Since the bulk of rapeseed is grown in Canada, the CANadian OiL Company came up with a play on that name to coin the term “canola.” Today, everyone assumes there are “canola” plants (even clue writers on Jeopardy). But it’s all just rapeseed, even tho in recent years they’ve started to hybridize the seed to breed out some of the bitterness.

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