Food additives are man made chemicals put into our dinner to extend shelf life, to make food look more appetizing, to make food taste better and ultimately to cut costs and boost profits for food companies. These ingredients are way different than what you would have found in grandma’s kitchen. Some of this stuff goes by names that most of us can’t even pronounce, however as consumers have begun to read labels more and more, these additives have started to go through what has been dubbed “clean labeling”.
Toxic preservatives that were at one time called butylated hydroxytoluene may now go by the docile name rosemary extract. It sounds unbelievable, but this is what is has come to. It requires a lot of awareness to recognize the things that we don’t want in our bodies.
Some of these additives may even be disguised as healthy vitamins and minerals! For example there is a big difference between calcium carbonate and calcium chloride. One could be found in a calcium supplement and the other is a potentially dangerous food additive. Most people would stop reading after seeing calcium and thinking, “Oh yeah, it’s good for my bones.”
Think about identifying food additives like we’re learning a new skill. It can sound a little overwhelming and like a lot of work at first, but it gets easier over time. The best way to avoid all of this stuff in general is to consume whole and natural foods produced using sustainable farming practices.