High Fructose Corn Syrup

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Published on: May 23, 2013
  • Used as a sugar replacement.
  • Purported to contribute to: obesity, diabetes, liver disease, cardiovascular disease, inorganic mercury exposure, metabolic syndrome.

Acacia Gum

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Published on: May 19, 2013
  • Used in soft drinks, candies, marshmallows, watercolor paint, cosmetics.
  • Used as an emulsifier and thickening agent.

Sunflower Oil

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Published on: May 18, 2013
  • Used as a frying oil similar to vegetable oil.
  • Used in cosmetics as a smoothing agent.
  • Used to run in diesel engines when mixed with diesel.
  • It is high in vitamin E.
  • It is low in saturated fats.
  • Used as a skin protectant to retain moisture in the skin.
  • It is high in omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids which may cause breast cancer in postmenopausal women and possibly prostate cancer for men.
  • Used in high temperatures yields aldehydes which may be a cause of neurodegenerative diseases.

Guar Gum

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Published on: May 18, 2013
  • It improves dough in baked goods.
  • It thickens dairy products.
  • Acts as a binder in meat.
  • Improves stability and appearance of salad dressings.
  • Used  to thicken soups.
  • Acts as a laxative and promote regular bowel movements.
  • Known to lower cholesterol.
  • It has many other uses in industrial industries.

Ascorbic Acid

Categories: Fanta, Juice, Soda
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Published on: May 16, 2013
  • More commonly known as vitamin C.

Aspartame

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Published on: May 16, 2013
  • Used as an artificial sweetener.
  • It is 200 times sweeter than sucrose.
  • Has been hypothesized to have a neurotoxic effect when in combination with other amino acids.
  • Those with phenylketouria (PKU) must avoid due to high levels of phenylalanine.
  • Purportedly can trigger migraines.

Acesulfame-K

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Published on: May 16, 2013
  • Used as a sweetener in soft drinks, protein shakes and medications but is typically not used alone.
  • It is 200 times sweeter than sucrose.
  • Purportedly carcinogenic.

Sodium Citrate

Categories: Fanta, Soda, Sprite
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Published on: May 15, 2013
  • Used to regulate pH in soft drinks.
  • Used as emulsifier for oils when making cheese.

Potassium Sorbate

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Published on: May 13, 2013
  • Used to prevent mold and yeast from growing on foods.
  • Acts as a wine stabilizer, preventing wine from further fermentation.
  • It is an eye, skin and respiratory irritant.

Phosphoric Acid

Categories: Coca Cola, Soda
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Published on: May 13, 2013
  • Used in many soft drinks.
  • Is suspected to lower bone density.
  • Acidifies foods and beverages.
  • Adds tangy and/or sour taste.
  • Concentrated doses are corrosive.
  • Other uses include: rust removal, construction-grade cleaner, household cleaning products, pH adjust in cosmetics, leather treatment, and detergents.
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