Monosodium Glutamate20239193_s

More commonly referred to as MSG, monosodium glutamate is an amino acid that is used in soups, salad dressings, chips, frozen meals and restaurant entrees to flavor food. MSG contains a substance known as excitotoxin that causes cells to become damaged or die. Recent scientific studies of MSG have shown that it may lead to obesity, depression, eye diseases, headaches and more. MSG is a direct contributor to weight gain as it fools the body into thinking that it is still hungry.

Brominated Vegetable Oil 11808455_s

BVO  can outrightly be considered a poisonous chemical. It’s used to keep synthetic dies from separating from sports drinks and some sodas. Brominated vegetable oil is banned from use in food in Europe.

Drinks that contain BVO 
Mountain Dew
Fanta Orange
Sunkist Pineapple
Gatorade Thirst Quencher Orange
Powerade Strawberry Lemonade
Fresca Original Citrus

Artificial Food Colorings:10750518_s

Recent scientific studies have found that food dyes used in soda, fruit juices and dressings contribute to behavior problems in children. Additionally, tests on animals have shown that artificial food colorings are linked to cancer; however, this has yet to be proven on humans. While not every artificial food dye is dangerous, consumers are urged to be wary of Blue #1 and Blue #2. Most commonly found in sports drinks like Gatorade and cereal, these food dyes are banned from sale in Norway, Finland and France. Additionally, avoid Red #3 as this can lead to chromosomal damage and thyroid cancer. This dye is used in many cosmetic products and food including ice cream and candy.