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10 Ingredients You Should Never Eat Again

  • Published on: 01 October, 2014
  • Last update: 04 August, 2017

Is it possible to avoid all the harmful ingredients found in modern food?  

Today I’d love to share this article with you today from Collective Evolution about harmful food ingredients (see below). CE is one of my favorite websites and this list is spot on. I posted it to Instagram earlier and a few people said, “I guess I’ll just eat water” or “what else is left to eat?” I was shocked by those responses because this list contains things like BHT and high fructose corn syrup – there are PLENTY of things to eat that are not either of those!

It may seem daunting to know that these 10 ingredients are almost unavoidable — IF you eat processed food. The beauty about that “if” is that you do not have to eat processed food.

There is so much real, fresh, homegrown and homemade food in this world that it’s an injustice to constantly eat packaged, nutrient-stripped food-like products. I understand that not everyone can afford to eat organic all the time — all I’m asking you to do is leave the packages and big brands behind. Believe me, if you food prep and make your own snacks/meals you will save your health and your money. $70 at my local farmers market can get you enough produce to last you an entire week. Items like beans, rice, and nuts can be purchased for a discounted price in bulk sections of grocery stores or on Amazon. I get eggs delivered directly to my door from a local organic farm and they come out to exactly 50 cents per egg. You can use the tips I wrote in this post to save even more.

And when you get home from the farmers market with your fresh ingredients, you can go to town and make meals or treats with just as much flavor and way more goodness than the processed stuff.

For example — you just got home from the market with a pound of zucchini. What next? How can they wiggle their way into your kids’ favorite snacks like muffins? A simple Google search will lead you to this incredibly easy gluten free zucchini muffin recipe. The recipe calls for almond flour ($9), 1 egg ($0.50), 1 cup of zucchini ($0.50), sea salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and coconut oil ($1 for 2 oz).

That recipe yields 20 MUFFINS. And, I calculated the prices for each ingredient based on buying organic! That’s $11 for twenty deliciously clean treats, or $0.55 cents per muffin.

Let’s say you don’t like muffins. No problem, I get it – you want chocolate chip cookies and are thinking about buying them packaged. You don’t have to do that, ever! All you have to do is Google the search term “clean chocolate chip cookie recipe.” Put the word “clean” in front of ANY item you’d like to make at home and you will find a fabulous recipe on the world wide web. It’s magic, honestly. Now let’s get to good stuff!

10 Of The Worst Food Ingredients To Never Eat Again
by Collective Evolution

1) Sodium Benzoate

What’s the deal?: A common food preservative that prevents the growth of mold and yeasts. When combined with vitamins C or E, it produces the carcinogen benzene. Sodium benzoate deprives our mitochondria (cellular energy-makers) of oxygen. It has also been linked to hyperactivity in children.
What’s it found in?: Juices, pickles, sodas, pre-made salad dressings, condiments.

2)  BHA & BHT (Butylated hydroxyanisole & butylated hydroxytoluene)

What’s the deal?: A preservative that prevents the breakdown of fats. The National Institute of Health states that BHT/BHA are “reasonably anticipated to be human carcinogens.” A natural replacement that does the same job in preserving food would be vitamin E, which you may see more of in the natural food section of your grocery store.
What’s it found in?: Potato chips, lard, butter, cereal, instant mashed potatoes, preserved meat, beer, baked goods, dry beverage and dessert mixes, chewing gum and other foods.

3) MSG (Monosodium glutamate)

What’s the deal?: A flavour enhancer which is known tdamage the appetite regulation center in the area of the brain known as the hypothalamus, causing leptin resistence and thereby eliminating the feeling of being “full.” It’s known as an excitotoxin, a chemical which overstimulates dopamine production, creating a drug-like ‘rush.’ MSG also promotes liver inflammation and dysplasia.
What’s it found in?: Canned and boxed soups, dried soup mixes, frozen prepared meals, canned prepared meals, fast food, junk food, chinese food, stew, chili, canned beans, salad dressing.

4) Artificial Sweeteners

What’s the deal?: Used as a replacement for sugar, artificial sweeteners have recently been found to change the huge colony of bacteria in our intestines to favor the harmful bacteria that increase risk for diabetes and obesity.  A study also found that women drinking two diet sodas per day are 50 percent more likely to die from heart-related disease.

What’s it found in?: Low-calorie yogurts, flavored water, juices, gum, diet sodas, snack foods.

5) Potassium Bromate

What’s the deal?: A food additive used in bread-making to soften and bleach the dough. Potassium bromate is banned in countries such as Canada, Brazil, and China because of it’s carcinogenic properties. It is particularly known to induce renal and thyroid cancer. Although most potassium bromate breaks down during the baking process, tests have confirmed that trace amounts can remain in finished baked goods.
What’s it found in?: Fast-food sandwich buns, pre-made frozen pizzas, popular name brand doughs, processed baked goods.
Head over to Collective Evolution to see numbers 6-10!

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Emma Josh

Today I made a connection at a very random moment about two different "irrelevant stories" I practically ignored when I heard some time ago (I'm sure you must have heard of similar stories). I happen to know someone close to one of Kraft's CEO's for Latin America, who doesn't allow his children to consume ANY of their products. I'd never given a second thought to

Olivia A.


YOU ARE AMAZING! Thank you for sharing that with me. It confirms what we now know – getting back to nature is best and these food-like products they are making in labs are not suitable for children OR adults. ending lots of love to you. Thank you again!!

Shakiah Taylor

So it is totally daunting to see this but I'm going to try to implement as many as i can! Thx so much for caring to educate us on these issues. I truly appreciate you.

Olivia A.


Thank you Shakiah!! What a sweet comment. I know it'd intimidating. You don't have to cut everything out altogether – EVERY step counts and every good substitution you make is a step in the right direction. Anything unhealthy has a "healthified" version somewhere on the Internet. Google will become your bff! 🙂

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