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