While concerned consumers may still be the minority when it comes to avoiding questionable food additives, the numbers are indeed growing, and a new smart phone app from the Center for Science in the Public Interest is proof enough.
Food additives comprise an alarming number of ingredients in our modern processed food world. There are thousands approved for use in virtually all categories of food—from dyes added to make meat pinker to flavorings in ice cream and preservatives found in virtually every packaged product.
Regardless of what food additives are intended to do—preserve, stabilize, add flavor or color, etc—these chemically derived toxic ingredients come with risks that many healthy foodies want to avoid eating.
Chemical Cuisine is a free app that works with iPhones and Androids and is the latest tool in food safety from the CSPI, the voice of the American public on nutrition, food safety, health and other issues, with more than 900,000 newsletter subscribers in the U.S. and Canada.
Avoiding food additives such as sodium nitrite, dyes, added caffeine and artificial sweeteners such as saccharin and aspartame can decrease the risk of certain health conditions including allergies, digestive disorders, fertility issues, neurological issues and even certain types of cancer. The Chemical Cuisine app comes with a searchable filter that allows users to sort by the food additives in order to read about what they are, in what products they’re found, and their safety ratings. The app includes more than 130 common food additives and evaluations from food safety experts and can be used without an internet connection.
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