Food additives can enhance the appearance, taste, and nutrition as well as prolong the shelf life of foods. Many additives, like salt used to preserve meats, and vinegars used to pickle foods, have been used for centuries. And more recently, vitamin and mineral additives have been used to enhance the nutrient value of food, like adding vitamin D and/or calcium to orange juice. Salting, pickling, and fortifying foods with vitamins and minerals may have a neutral or even a positive effect on your health. However, many additives used in processed foods—especially those introduced in the second half of the twentieth century—can have a seriously detrimental effect on our health. And considering the typical household spends 90 percent of their food budget on processed foods, there is a good chance that you are exposing yourself, your friends, and your family to these harmful food additives without even knowing it.
The additives identified by Yoffie Life as the deadliest may contribute to weight gain, obesity, allergies, a decrease in vitamin and mineral absorption, seizures, headaches, hyperactivity, mood disturbances, reduced mental performance, diabetes, and various kinds of cancers. The best way to identify harmful additives in your food—especially those packaged in bags, boxes, or bottles—is to read the ingredients on the labels. Do what you have to do to investigate your food (put on your glasses, squint your eyes, or bring your magnifying glass to the grocery store if necessary) before putting it in your grocery cart. Print this list, bookmark this page on your phone, or simply memorize it and use it as a cautionary guide.