Food Additives Quick-list

This is a quick-list and guide to help you discern what foods and products to avoid when you are following our program and concerned about hyperactivity and behavioral issues.  Even small amount of these toxic additives if ingested or absorbed through the skin to cause a reaction in someone who is sensitive.  When reading food labels, always look first on the front of the box or product. If it contains artificial colors or artificial flavors, it will often say so.  Next read the ingredient label on the back of the packaging.  Many of these additives are actually banned in European countries but legal in the US.  Go with your gut feeling, if the food is brightly colored or unnatural looking, it probably is.  Identifying these products may seem a little overwhelming at first but, you will get the hang of it quickly.  If you want a break from reading labels, you can always pick up some snacks at Whole Foods Market where they are very conscious about stocking their shelves with food free of dangerous additives. Trader Joe's and Sprouts are mostly all natural but do carry some artificial products.

Look to Buy

  1. Natural Colors
  2. Natural Flavors
  3. Naturally Preserved
  4. Naturally Sweetened
  5. Organic
  6. Cleaning products, detergents, soaps, shampoos and skin products that are free and clear of dyes, harsh chemicals and perfumes.

Look to Eliminate

  1. Artificial Colors (examples: Red# 40, Yellow 5, FD&C Blue No 1, Orange Lake)
  2. Artificial Flavors
  3. Flavorings
  4. Monosodium Glutamate
  5. MSG
  6. Preservatives
  7. BHT
  8. BHA
  9. TBHQ
  10. Benzoic Acid
  11. Sodium Benzoate
  12. Aspartame
  13. Sorbitol
  14. Saccharin
  15. Olestra
  16. Salicylic acid (often found in acne medication and creams and cosmetics)
  17. Cleaning products, detergents, soaps, shampoos and skin products containing dyes, harsh chemicals and perfumes.