Food additives have been around for sometime. In the old days it was to pickle with vinegar or salting the bacon and sweetening with sulfur dioxide as with wine, more or less a natural way to preserve the food.

In the last century food has been artificially used to package, storage and ease of processing on many of packaged foods that are consumed daily by many Americans so they last longer on the shelves.

But do we know what’s in these additives that could possibly cause harm to us over long periods of time?

An average American diet consumes around 90 percent of their food budget on processed foods. One study suggested that if we keep at the rate were going that many Americans would suffer premature deaths because of all the chemicals and additives in our foods.

And our brains will show cause of early signs of Alzheimer, cancer, heart disease, ADHD, diabetes, and skin disorders evident of additives in the brain.

Some food additives are worse than others. Here’s a list of the top food additives to avoid: aka: Propyl Paraben

Used in: as a preservative in foods such as muffins, tortillas and dyes.

Reasons to Avoid: It has been shown as an endocrine disrupting chemical which decreases sperm counts in rats. It has been noted in gene expression within breast cancer cells, leading to accelerated cancer growth aka: Sodium Sulphite Used in: wine and dried fruit

Reasons to Avoid:

The FDA research shows that one in one hundred people are sensitive to sulphites in foods. These sodium sulphites often can cause asthma/headaches, breathing problems and rashes aka: Food Dyes

Used in: Maraschino Cherries, ice cream, bakery products, American cheese, macaroni and cheese. aka: Potassium Bromate Used in: increased volume of bread

Reasons to Avoid: Potassium Bromate is known to cause cancer in animals. There is evident that even small amounts of this stuff are a problem for humans aka: Aluminum Additives Used in: Main exposure is through processed products containing aluminum.

Reasons to Avoid:

May have neurological effects upon behavioral, motor and learning functions. Has been associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodengerative conditions aka: Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils Used in: Margarine, chips, crackers, fast foods.

Reasons to Avoid: Increases the bad LDL cholesterol and decreases the good HDL. It also increases chances of having a heart attack, higher risk of heart disease and stokes. Contributes to increased inflammation, diabetes and other health problems aka: Sodium Nitrate

Used in: Hot dogs, bacon, ham, luncheon meats, corned beef, smoked fish or most other processed meat.

Reasons to Avoid: Sodium Nitrate is the chemical that turns meats bright red but it’s highly carcinogenic once it enters the human digestive tract. Once in the digestive tract it forms a variety of nitrosamine compounds that enter into the blood stream and wreck havoc with a number of internal organs, the liver and pancreas in particular. The toxic chemical is linked to many chemicals aka: Aspartame

Used in: Many of the so called “diet” or “sugar free” products such as diet coke, sugar free gum, drink mixes, table sweeteners, cereals, breath mints, iced tea, chewable vitamins, toothpaste, cough syrup and the list goes on.

Reason to Avoid: “Aspartame kills”, it is not your friend. This chemical is a neurotoxin and carcinogen. Studies show it will lead to brain tumors, lymphoma, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, chronic fatigue, nausea, and mental confusion and seizures aka: High Fructose Corn Syrup

Used in: Most processed foods, breads, candy, flavored yogurts, salad dressings, canned vegetables, and cereals.

Reason to Avoid: HFCS is a highly refined artificial sweetener, which has become the number one source of calories in America. This chemical will pack on the pounds faster than any other ingredient. Which contributes to obesity and increases the bad cholesterol LDL aka: Monosodium Glutamate

Used in: Cheese food, potato chips, many snacks, chips, cookies, seasonings, most frozen dinners, Campbell soups products and luncheon meats.

Reasons to Avoid: This chemical is used to enhance the flavor of foods. But they don’t tell you that it effects the neurological pathways of the brain and disengages the I’m full function which result, for many, in weight gain. MSG is an excito-toxin, and regular consumption may result in depression, disorientation, eye damage, fatigue, headaches and obesity.