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23 Worst Food Additives in America

Eat This, Not That! Logo By © Provided by Eat This, Not That! of Eat This, Not That! | Slide 1 of 22: <p>By The Editors of Eat This, Not That!</p><p>Newsflash: Your kitchen shouldn't be as chemical-filled as a science lab. <a href="http://www.eatthis.com/best-weight-loss-tips">Lose weight</a> and stay healthy for life when you kick these scary additives to the curb.</p><p>The Incredible Hulk. The Frankenstein monster. Major League Baseball. Don't we have enough evidence already that when scientists fool around with chemicals and the body, things can go really, really wrong? Sure, innovations like antibiotics and that stuff you rub between your toes to stop the itching are pretty great additions to modern life. But when it comes to our food supply, we'd prefer scientists leave well enough alone and put a little more trust in Mother Nature. </p><p>See, once upon a time, our food was created by cooks. Some of those cooks were highly paid fancy-pants types, but most of them were modest moms and grandmothers who combined naturally grown grains and bits of meat and vegetables and spices and turned them into everything from spaghetti and meatballs to pad Thai. They took what nature handed them and made something miraculous from it. </p><p>But today, it's not cooks who are creating our packaged and fast foods anymore—it's teams of scientists. And as they continue to discover emulsifiers to make ice cream taste smoother or strange dyes that make <a href="http://www.eatthis.com/11-best-worst-greek-yogurts-weight-loss">Greek yogurt</a> more vibrantly colored, we get further and further away from real food—at least as our ancestors would recognize it. In fact, these days, it takes a degree in chemistry to fully understand what we're putting into our bodies—and yes, we keep a science wiz on staff to decode all the jibber jabber! </p><p>While you already know that natural foods are always better than additive-spiked ones, some chemicals are far worse than others. Some cause hyperactivity and weight gain, while other have been linked to cancer and heart disease. Read on the discover the worst additives and unpronounceable chemicals overrunning our food supply and do your best to keep them away from your fork and knife. And after you've become familiar with their harmful effects, be sure to kick these <a href="http://www.eatthis.com/worst-packaged-foods-in-america">150 Worst Packaged Foods in America</a> out of your diet. Most of them are chock full of the items on this list.</p>

23 Worst Food Additives in America

By The Editors of Eat This, Not That!

Newsflash: Your kitchen shouldn't be as chemical-filled as a science lab. Lose weight and stay healthy for life when you kick these scary additives to the curb.

The Incredible Hulk. The Frankenstein monster. Major League Baseball. Don't we have enough evidence already that when scientists fool around with chemicals and the body, things can go really, really wrong? Sure, innovations like antibiotics and that stuff you rub between your toes to stop the itching are pretty great additions to modern life. But when it comes to our food supply, we'd prefer scientists leave well enough alone and put a little more trust in Mother Nature.

See, once upon a time, our food was created by cooks. Some of those cooks were highly paid fancy-pants types, but most of them were modest moms and grandmothers who combined naturally grown grains and bits of meat and vegetables and spices and turned them into everything from spaghetti and meatballs to pad Thai. They took what nature handed them and made something miraculous from it.

But today, it's not cooks who are creating our packaged and fast foods anymore—it's teams of scientists. And as they continue to discover emulsifiers to make ice cream taste smoother or strange dyes that make Greek yogurt more vibrantly colored, we get further and further away from real food—at least as our ancestors would recognize it. In fact, these days, it takes a degree in chemistry to fully understand what we're putting into our bodies—and yes, we keep a science wiz on staff to decode all the jibber jabber!

While you already know that natural foods are always better than additive-spiked ones, some chemicals are far worse than others. Some cause hyperactivity and weight gain, while other have been linked to cancer and heart disease. Read on the discover the worst additives and unpronounceable chemicals overrunning our food supply and do your best to keep them away from your fork and knife. And after you've become familiar with their harmful effects, be sure to kick these 150 Worst Packaged Foods in America out of your diet. Most of them are chock full of the items on this list.

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