Include or Avoid? 5 Hotly Debated Ingredients


Include or Avoid? 5 Hotly Debated Ingredients

When it comes to food, there is no doubt that pure and unprocessed is best. But there will always be occasions where it is simply more convenient – or even necessary – to eat refined and processed foods. Most of these are delicious and often nutritious and safe, but there are controversial ingredients that many people in the know choose to avoid.


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High-Fructose Corn Syrup

This sweetener is derived from corn and is incredibly sweet. It is particularly heavily used in the USA, where obesity is now at epidemic levels. This ingredient doesn’t provide the brain with the necessary signals of satiety to tell you to stop eating, so people easily over-eat or over-drink this incredibly calorific form of refined sugar, with all of the associated health complaints.

Brominated Vegetable Oil

BVO is a complex concoction of triglycerides now used in food as a stabiliser but also used as a chemical to make materials fire-resistant. It has commonly been added to soft drinks as well as to baked goods to increase their volume. It is banned in Europe but still in use in the USA. Over-exposure side effects include memory loss, nerve problems and even skin lesions.


Butylated hydroxytoluene and butylated hydroxyanisole prevent food from going rancid and help processed food to last longer. However, both ingredients are associated with increased cancer risks. Although it’s not illegal for food manufacturers to use – in limited amounts – many consumers choose to avoid it to be on the safe side. We always would recommend simply making food from scratch using unprocessed and natural ingredients. You can buy food machinery for all types of cooking at


One of the essential minerals for human life, salt can also become toxic at levels that are too high. This is a problem with convenience and packaged food as well as junk food, all of which tend to be high in salt for its taste and ability to extend the shelf life of food. In the UK, food labelling helps to mitigate the problem.


Sugar causes tooth decay, obesity and diabetes when consumed in excess, and the UK’s food campaigners are raising public awareness about its dangers. So eat clean, natural and healthy food and reap the rewards.

Article publié pour la première fois le 04/04/2016

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