12 Food Preservatives That Are Dangerous For Your Health

Everyone knows to keep an eye out for calories, fat, and carbs when they’re browsing the supermarket aisles. But are you paying attention to the little-known, flavor-enhancing, often lab-generated chemicals that manufacturers pump into food to cut costs and keep you hooked? Just because it isn’t making you fat doesn’t mean it’s not rotting you inside and out. We are talking about food preservatives!

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Intro – 0:00
Sodium Benzoate – 00:53
Nitrites – 01:43
Partially Hydrogenated Oil – 02:41
Potassium Bromate – 03:34
Monosodium Glutamate – 04:19
Sulfur Dioxide – 05:17
BHA and BHT – 06:08
Food Colorings – 06:57
Guar Gum – 07:42
Propyl Paraben – 08:41
High-Fructose Corn Syrup – 09:31
Sodium Sulfite – 10:24


Sodium Benzoate: Sodium benzoate is the sodium salt of benzoic acid. It is one of the most used preservatives in processed foods and drinks to prevent spoilage.

Nitrites: Nitrites are preservatives added to processed meats. They're not bad in and of themselves, but they do turn into harmful chemicals called nitrosamines.

Partially Hydrogenated Oil: This nemesis of heart health is the primary source of trans fat.

Potassium Bromate: Wonder bread may not be so wonderful. Potassium bromate—an additive used in breads and rolls to increase their volume and produce a fine crumb structure—has been banned by every other industrialized country other than the U.S. and Japan.

Monosodium Glutamate: Better known as MSG, this is a common food additive used to intensify and enhance the flavor of savory dishes.

Sulfur Dioxide: The Food and Drug Administration has prohibited the use of sulfur dioxide on raw fruit and vegetables as they can be toxic.

BHA and BHT: Better known as Butylated Hydroxyanisole or BHA and Butylated Hydroxytoluene or BHT are antioxidants added to many processed foods.

Food Colorings: Although some foods are colored with natural substances like beta-carotene and carmine, some 17.8 million pounds of food dyes, many of which are petroleum-derived, are consumed in America.

Gaur Gum: Guar gum is a long-chain carbohydrate used to thicken and bind foods.

Propyl Paraben: With a federal study showing that 91 percent of Americans had propyl paraben in their urine, this is one of the more common preservatives.

High-Fructose Corn Syrup: High-fructose corn syrup or HFCS is a sweetener made from corn.

Sodium Sulfite: This chemical is usually found in wine and dried fruit. According to FDA, as many as one in 100 people is sensitive to sulfites in food.

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