1. High fructose corn syrup.
Watching the amount of total added sugars in your diet is smart - this particular type of sugar tends to be found in highly processed foods and may be linked to negative health outcomes, such as type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and increased risk of heart disease.
2. Trans fats or partially hydrogenated oils.
Trans fat is made by adding hydrogen to vegetable oil, which makes the oil less likely to spoil. And thus, it’s often found in packaged products. Also, partially hydrogenated oil is often used in restaurants' fryers as a cost saving measure. Trans fats increase cholesterol and risk of heart disease, according to the American Heart Association. Although small amounts of trans fat occur naturally in some meat and dairy products, it's the trans fats in processed foods that seem to be more harmful.
3. Artificial flavors.
Some people are sensitive to artificial flavors, and may experience headaches, nausea or other adverse reactions. Besides, who needs these? Mother Nature provides us with lots of different real flavors!
4. Artificial sweeteners.
Besides tasting funky, artificial sweeteners – which are at least 200 times sweeter than sugar! – amp up our sweet taste buds, which in turn can increase our dependency on sweet foods.
5. Artificial colors.
The safety of products containing artificial colors have been a point of debate for years. A study from the Center for Science in the Public Interest says artificial colors toxic, likely contain carcinogens and contribute to ADHD. Almost every decade, another issue surfaces, eliminating more and more of the artificial additives in America. Today only seven colors remain on the FDA’s approved list. In fact, a 2007 European study linked six food dyes to hyperactivity in children, and now those dyes require warning labels in Europe.