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Additives to Avoid

Posted on 04 December 2014

Items to Avoid in you Food: 

Here is a list of 43 supplement additives to avoid when shopping:
Acesulfame potassium (K): artificial sweetener.
Beeswax: derived from honeycomb and then sterilized. Used for flavoring and to coat tablets. Considered safe but should be avoided by anyone who has bee allergies
Benzyl alcohol: an antimicrobial preservative. On the FDA’s inactive ingredient list. Adverse reactions to benzyl alcohol in medications have been noted.
Calcium disodium EDTA: used as a preservative and safe when used as such. Can cause side effects when used in extremely high amounts (>3 grams daily)
Calcium hydroxide: obtained from limestone. GRAS. High amounts can shift acid-base balance, but is unlikely from supplement use.
Calcium sulfate: guards against excess moisture, used as a filler in capsules.  GRAS
Cellulose microcrystalline: derived from a plant source, typically high-quality wood pulp. Used as a binder and to help tablets disintegrate. GRAS
Cellulose, powdered: derived from a plant source. Used as a stabilizer, thickener, and binder. GRAS
Citric acid: preservative and flavoring agent. GRAS. A small percentage of people have citric acid intolerance or allergy
Croscarmellose sodium: derived from plant fibers. A filler and disintegrant. GRAS. There are unsubstantiated claims that this substance promotes harmful bacteria in the gut.
Dextrin (also called modified food starch): produced from starch. Used as a stabilizer and binder. GRAS. Possible allergic reaction from people sensitive to corn.
Dextrose: sweetener.
Ethocel 20: plant source. Used to coat tablets. GRAS
Ethylcellulose: plant source. Used as a stabilizer, to mask taste. GRAS
FD&C Yellow No 6: although acceptable to the FDA, the Centers for Science in the Public Interest lists this food coloring as “best to avoid”.  Check Centrums Label
FD&C Red No 40: same as Yellow No. 6. Check Centrums Label
Fructose: sweetener.
Glycerin: occurs naturally in fats and oils. Used as a preservative and sweetener. GRAS. Rarely causes irritation to mucous membranes
Glyceryl triacetate: derived from fatty acids. Provides moisture, flavor. GRAS
Guar gum: derived from the seed kernel of the guar plant. Used as a binder. GRAS. Possible allergic reactions
Gum arabic: from the acacia tree. Used as thickener and stabilizer. GRAS, but allergic reactions to acacia is possible.
Lecithin: generally derived from soybeans. An emulsifier. GRAS. May even be beneficial when Non-GMO
Maltodextrin: sugar derived from cornstarch. Used as a thickener, stabilizer, sweetener. GRAS. Possible allergic reaction among people sensitive to corn
Maltol, natural: derived from pine needles or chicory. Used as a flavor enhancer. GRAS
Polydextrose: sweetener.
Polyethylene glycol: Enhances flow. GRAS. In higher amounts, used as a laxative to treat constipation.
Polysorbate 80: stabilizer. Shown in scientific research to cause severe nonimmunologic anaphylactoid reactions.
Polyvinylpyrrolidone (Povidone): used as a stabilizer, thickener. On the FDA inactive ingredient list.
Potassium sorbate: antimicrobial preservative. GRAS
Propylene glycol: a binder considered safe by the pharmaceutical industry, but excessive exposure causes kidney, heart, and nervous system damage
Shellac: purified resin. Used as coloring, to enhance flow. GRAS
Silica: prevents stickiness. GRAS. Unsubstantiated claims that excessive amounts can cause allergic reactions
Silicon dioxide: naturally occurring form of silica. Used to prevent stickiness, flavor, emulsifier. GRAS. Unsubstantiated claims that excessive amounts can cause allergic reactions
Sodium benzoate: an antimicrobial preservative. GRAS, although may cause an allergic reaction.
Sodium carboxymethylcellulose: derived from plants. Used as a binder, thickener, stabilizer. Widely used in foods.
Sodium lauryl sulfate: a salt derived from fatty acids. Used as an emulsifier. GRAS
Sucralose: artificial sweetener. GRAS, but avoid
Talc: naturally occurring magnesium silicate. Used as a filler. Talc has been shown to accumulate in bodily tissues and has been linked with pulmonary complaints.
Titanium dioxide: titanium combined with oxygen. Used for coloring and to reduce stickiness. Found in confectionaries.  Check Centrums Label
Xanthan gum: a polysaccharide produced through fermentation of a carbohydrate. Used as a stabilizer, emulsifier. GRAS. Possible allergic reaction for those intolerant to corn
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A few additional items:
Irradiated Herbs
• Calcium hydroxide: aka "slaked lime," which is considered toxic, according to the National Institutes of Health
• Bisphenol-A: a toxic chemical and potent endocrine disrupter
• Irganox 1010: a "moderately hazardous" chemical with potential developmental toxicity, according to the Environmental Protection Agencyiii
elevated aluminum
Synthetic Vitamins
lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic
silicon dioxide
"natural flavors," a term often used for MSG,
methylcellulose, carnuba wax and titanium dioxide.
Genetically Modified Soy
Hydrogenated Oils
Magnesium Stearate
benefits of the product, but can be harmful to your health as well.

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