• Common Food Additives That Are Toxic to Your Brain

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    Most of us today are eating Instant foods, processed foods, canned goods and boxed crap.  Did you know that as we eat those products, we are also eating some Additives that can affect our brain.

    Eating mostly whole foods as nature intended is the best recipe for a brain-healthy diet. This minimizes consumption of food additives, some of which are bad for your brain. But most of us, even with the best intentions, eat food that comes in a can or a box at least once in awhile!

    The FDA allows 3,000 additives to be used in the US food supply. Reading labels is a good place to start for avoiding dangerous additives, but this can be confusing.

    Not all additives are unhealthy. You will find everyday items on the list like salt, vitamin C, and acetic acid (vinegar). You’ll also find long-winded names like Eleutherococcus senticosus which may sound suspicious, but is actually the healthy herb ginseng.

    And some of the worst health offenders aren’t required to be on the label!

    I’ve ferreted out a handful of additives that are known for harming the brain. Here is my “Hit List”, plus ways to easily avoid exposure.


    This artificial sweetener is bad news any way you look at it. Currently, there are 92 categories of complaints filed against aspartame with the FDA. And ironically, it is highly suspected of making people who use it fatter!

    Original studies were falsified to hide the fact that animals fed aspartame developed seizures and brain tumors, but the FDA approved it anyway. The FDA has a history of caring more about big business than your well-being.

    Aspartame is made up of three brain-damaging chemicals — aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol.

    Formerly known as Nutrasweet, but now called AminoSweet, this is one of the easiest brain-damaging chemicals to avoid since it is clearly labeled.

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    Monosodium glutamate

    Monosodium glutamate, usually referred to simply as MSG, is ubiquitous in processed foods. It breaks down in the body into glutamate, a known excitotoxin — a substance that literally stimulates brain cells to death!

    A truly alarming thing about MSG is that it is in just about everything, yet it is not required to be on labels. This makes it very difficult to avoid.

    It is required to be listed on a label only if it’s 100% pure MSG. Spices, flavorings, and natural flavorings can all contain up to 99% MSG with no mention on the label!

    Top MSG Sources

    Here are some ingredients to watch out for that always contain MSG:

    • Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
    • Hydrolyzed plant protein
    • Hydrolyzed protein
    • Plant protein extract
    • Calcium caseinate
    • Sodium caseinate
    • Yeast extract
    • Textured protein
    • Autolyzed yeast

    These ingredients can contain MSG:

    • Malt extract
    • Malt flavoring
    • Bouillon
    • Broth
    • Stock
    • Flavoring
    • Natural flavoring
    • Beef flavoring
    • Chicken flavoring
    • Seasoning
    • Spices

    Another huge source of MSG is fast food restaurants. MSGTruth.org has a list of the worst offenders with KFC being at the top of the list. Even their salads and green beans contain MSG!

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