Aspartame- (Nutra-Sweet, Equal) a combination of two amino acids and methanol may lead to methanol poisoning. found in ‘diet’ food such as low calorie desserts, soft drinks, jello, gum, cereal, breath mints, kool-aid, chewable vitamins, toothpaste. Thank you Donald Rumsfield.

BHA and BHT- a preservative to help prevent foods from oxidation and helps to preserve color, flavor and prevents rancidity. it may promote cancer. found in chips, gum, cereal, frozen sausages, enriched rice, shortening, candy, jello.

Food colors Blue #1, Blue #2– can cause cancer in mice and chromosomal damage. not always listed on US labels. banned in France and Norway. found in beverages, baked goods, candy and pet supplies.

Food color Citrus Red #2– the dye is a carcinogen injected into the skin of some Florida oranges which is said not to penetrate into the pulp. it makes the oranges a brighter orange to enhance appearance. eating the skin may cause cancer and chromosomal damage.

Food colors Red #3, (Red #40) and Green #3– Red #3 is used to dye candy, fruit cocktail, cherries, pet food. it is proven to cause thyroid cancer. banned in 1990 in US, but still in use until supplies run out! Green #3 can be linked to bladder cancer in lab animals and is found in candy and beverages.

Food color Yellow #6– an increase of tumors in adrenal glands and kidneys have been found in lab animals. it is banned in Sweden and Norway. it is found in candy, lemonade, carbonated beverages, macaroni & cheese, American cheese. {sigh}

MSG- an amino acid used as a flavor enhancer. it can cause headaches, migraines, tightness of the chest, nausea. found in Asian foods, snacks, seasonings, most Campbell Soup products, lunch meats, frozen dinners.

Sodium Nitrite – used to color and preserve and flavor meat products. “This would be at the top of my list of additives to cut from my diet.” Christine Gerbstadt, M.D., M.P.H., R.D., L.D.N. American Dietetic Association. found in ham, bacon, lunch meats, hot dogs, smoked fish, corned beef. cooked over high temperatures creates a compound which can promote cancer.

Potassium Bromate– rare, but still legal in US. used to increase volume in white flour, breads and rolls. it is known to cause cancer in lab animals and even in small amounts can cause risk.  Many bakers, including Best Foods, Inc. (maker of Arnold, Entenmann’s, and Orowheat brand breads and rolls), Pepperidge Farm, and Pillsbury, have switched to bromate-free processes. Also, some supermarket chains, including Giant, Jewel, Ralph’s, and Von’s, do not use bromate.  In contrast, Interstate Brands Corp. (Wonder, Home Pride), Schmidt Baking Co. (Schmidt, Sunbeam), Tasty Baking Co. (TastyKake), and Martin’s still use potassium bromate in some of their products. Among fast-food chains, Burger King, Arby’s, and Wendy’s use bromate in buns, and Boston Market uses it in its french sandwich bread.

Transfat– a hydrogenated fat made from adding hydrogen to vegetable oil is used to help extend shelf life and foods have a less greasy feel. proven to cause heart disease, can cause kidney failure and limb loss due to vascular disease. found in commercial baked goods and some fried foods such as french fries and doughnuts and can be found in shortening and margarine.