Ingredient Purpose Possible Side Effect Artificial Colors Chemical

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					Ingredient                        Purpose                            Possible Side Effect
Artificial Colors                 Chemical compounds made from       Linked to allergic reactions,
                                  coal-tar derivatives to enhance    fatigue, asthma, skin rashes,
                                  color.                             hyperactivity and headaches.

Artificial Flavorings             Cheap chemical mixtures that       Linked to allergic reactions,
                                  mimic natural flavors.             dermatitis, eczema, hyperactivity
                                                                     and asthma
                                                                     Can affect enzymes, RNA and

Artificial Sweeteners             Highly-processed, chemically-      Can negatively impact
                                  derived, zero-calorie sweeteners   metabolism
(Acesulfame-K, Aspartame,         found in diet foods and diet       Some have been linked to
Equal®, NutraSweet®, Saccharin,   products to reduce calories per    cancer, dizziness hallucinations
Sweet’n Low®, Sucralose,          serving.                           and headaches.
Splenda® & Sorbitol)

Benzoate Preservatives            Compounds that preserve fats       May result in hyperactivity,
                                  and prevent them from              angiodema, asthma, rhinitis,
(BHT, BHA, TBHQ)                  becoming rancid.                   dermatitis, tumors and urticaria
                                                                     Can affect estrogen balance and

Brominated Vegetable Oil          Chemical that boosts flavor in     Increases triglycerides and
                                  many citric-based fruit and soft   cholesterol
(BVO)                             drinks.                            Can damage liver, testicles,
                                                                     thyroid, heart and kidneys.
High Fructose Corn Syrup       Cheap alternative to cane and       May predispose the body to turn
(HFCS)                         beet sugar                          fructose into fat
                               Sustains freshness in baked         Increases risk for Type-2
                               goods                               diabetes, coronary heart disease,
                               Blends easily in beverages to       stroke and cancer
                               maintain sweetness.                 Isn’t easily metabolized by the

MSG                            Flavor enhancer in restaurant       May stimulate appetite and
                               food, salad dressing, chips,        cause headaches, nausea,
                               frozen entrees, soups and other     weakness, wheezing, edema,
(Monosodium Glutamate)
                               foods.                              change in heart rate, burning
                                                                   sensations and difficulty in

Olestra                        An indigestible fat substitute      Inhibits absorption of some
                               used primarily in foods that are    nutrients
                               fried and baked.                    Linked to gastrointestinal
                                                                   disease, diarrhea, gas, cramps,
                                                                   bleeding and incontinence.

Shortening, Hydrogenated and   Industrially created fats used in   Contain high levels of trans fats,
Partially Hydrogenated Oils    more than 40,000 food products      which raise bad cholesterol and
                               in the U.S.                         lower good cholesterol,
(Palm, Soybean and others)
                               Cheaper than most other oils.       contributing to risk of heart

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