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. (Read more food safety stories.)

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