August 6, 2009
Alternatives to foods with additives
Food additives used to enhance product shelf life or add color are worth watching out for -- especially if a child has allergies -- a U.S. food advocate says.
Studies are starting to show that some of these additives can be harmful -- even increasing cancer risk -- so as parents and consumers we really need to understand what is in the foods we choose, Gloria Tsang of HealthCastle.com says in a statement.
Her list of
worst additive offenders followed by her additive-free replacement suggestions include:
-- Cured meats with sodium nitrite, a preservative linked to the formation of carcinogenic compounds. Alternative: Dinner leftovers.
Diet yogurt where natural sugars are replaced with artificial sweeteners. Alternative: Natural or organic yogurt with short ingredient lists.
-- Snacks prolonging shelf life with preservatives BHA and BHT. Alternative: Popcorn but not the microwave kind.
-- Soft drinks with artificial sweeteners and coal tar dyes. Alternative: Water, 100 percent juice, or milk.
-- Baked goods with artificial sweeteners or trans fats. Alternative: Baking bigger batches at home and freezing the extras to put in lunches.