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30 Scariest Additives Hiding in Your Food

Eat This, Not That! Logo By The Editors of Eat This, Not That! of Eat This, Not That! | Slide 1 of 25: 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 vaccines are pretty great additions to modern life. But when it comes to our food supply, we’d prefer if scientists left well enough alone and put a little more trust in Mother Nature.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 others 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.

30 Scariest Additives Hiding in Your Food

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 vaccines are pretty great additions to modern life. But when it comes to our food supply, we’d prefer if scientists left well enough alone and put a little more trust in Mother Nature.

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 others 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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