A-Z List of Dangerous Food Ingredients You Should Avoid

by DailyHealthPost Editorial

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Genetically Modified Ingredients (GMO)


GMOs are the topic of recent debate in the food production industry. Some scholars think GMOs are safe, others argue that there are many health risks associated with modifying the genes of plants to enhance crop yield[6]. Corn is one of the most genetically modified plants we eat.

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Partially Hydrogenated Oils

These oils are modified to make them more stable at room temperature. They contain higher levels of trans fatty acids that increase cholesterol and block arteries. Studies show that partially hydrogenated oils alter the lipid profiles that are responsible for heart disease[8].


Processed foods are loaded with sodium (salt) as a preservative. According to the American Heart Association, 90% of Americans consume too much sodium. A high sodium diet increases blood pressure, chances of stroke, heart failure, stomach cancer, kidney disease, and kidney stones[9]. Sodium is one of the worst things you can consume and processed foods are loaded with it.

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Sodium Nitrite

A cancer-causing red coloring chemical added to bacon, hot dogs, sausage, beef jerky, ham, lunch meats, pepperoni and nearly all processed meats. Strongly linked to brain tumors, pancreatic cancers and colon cancers. The USDA once tried to ban it from the food supply but was out-maneuvered by the meat industry, which now dominates USDA regulations.


An artificial chemical sweetener sold as Splenda. The sucralose molecule contains a chlorine atom. Researchers have repeatedly found that artificial sweeteners make people fat by actually promoting weight gain.

Trans Fat

Fortunately, the food industry is getting away from trans fats. Many commercially baked foods, however, still contain high levels of trans fats which, according to the Mayo Clinic, are known to increase your cholesterol and risk for heart disease and stroke[10].

Yeast Extract

Hidden form of MSG that contains free glutamate and is used in many “natural” food products to claim “No MSG!” Yeast extract contains up to 14% free glutamate. You’ll find it in thousands of grocery store products, from soups to snack chips.

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