13 Ingredients FDA Should Ban
Shape: US lags other developed nations on too many dangerous foods
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2013 2:15 PM CST
Nutritionists advise against placing FDA-approved ingredients on this plate.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – At Shape, two nutritionists round up 13 ingredients the FDA allows in our food, even though other developed nations ban them. Their message is pretty clear: "If you see any of the following ingredients listed on the nutrition label, don't buy the product." A sampling:

  • Olestra: This ingredient in fat-free potato chips robs the body of important nutrients, often through side effects such as "oily anal leakage."

  • Brominated vegetable oil (BVO): It's found in sports drinks, but the main chemical, bromine, "is a poisonous chemical that is considered both corrosive and toxic."
  • Azodicarbonamide: Look for it in breads, frozen dinners, and packaged baked goods. The flour-bleaching chemical has been linked to asthma; Singapore imposes jail fines on those who use it.
  • Coloring agents (blue 1, blue 2, yellow 5, and yellow 6): These are in everything from cakes to candy to mac and cheese to soda. Better to get your food coloring in natural ways.
Read the full list here.