Artificial additives make an appearance in nearly every processed food on the market today that doesn’t have an organic label. And these artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives aren’t harmless – they’ve been linked to harmful diseases and health issues that affect adults and children. What’s more is that these additives are found in many grain-free snacks to add flavor inexpensively and extend the shelf-life of your foods, but all at a price to your health.
Today, the FDA doesn’t do much to regulate the use of additives in grain-free snacks and other processed foods. There is also an entire list of substances exempt from the FDA regulation process marked as “safe” before 1958 and no longer overseen by the FDA. These ingredients include things like potassium nitrite and Sodium nitrite, which have both been linked to having a carcinogenic effect in human beings.
What can you do about it? The first step to take is to know exactly where your food comes from and what ingredients are in it. Opt for grain-free snacks and foods with a list of simple, recognizable ingredients. Watch out for phrases like a “proprietary blend of seasonings” and lists of ingredients you wouldn’t be able to pronounce.
Reducing food additives is a personal choice and something you probably won’t get perfect all the time. Even if you’re striving to cut out preservatives, colors, and flavors in your snacks and meals, taking small steps to move in the right direction can make a big difference over time.