So you’ve decided to become a healthy eater. You’re thinking globally, acting locally, and shake your fist angrily every time you pass a McDonalds. You still may not be doing enough.
It’s tough for people to make all of their meals from scratch, which means even those most committed to natural food and sustainability must occasionally venture into a supermarket. That’s where unhealthy food additives hide in plain sight.
This list of six common food additives to avoid, compiled by Inhabitat, demonstrates the problem. They’re in so many essential products that sometimes it’s impossible to avoid putting something less-than-healthy into your body.
Carefully reading the list of ingredients, especially on prepared, packaged food, is a good way to become aware. Ambiguous-sounding items like “natural flavors and colors” or assorted seasonings” are usually a bad sign. After all, anything compound containing carbon is technically “natural,” but that doesn’t mean you’ll want to eat it.