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 hyper activity and behavioral issues.  It can take a very small amount of these 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 of flavors, it will often say so.  Next read the ingredient label on the back.  Many of these additives are actually banned in European countries.  Go with your gut feeling, if the food is brightly colored or unnatural looking, it probably is.  It may seem a little overwhelming at first but, you will get the hang of it quick.  If you want a break from reading labels, you can always pick up some snacks at Whole Foods where they are very conscious about stocking their shelves with food free of dangerous additives.

Look to Eliminate

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


Look to Buy

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