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Citric Acid

Citric Acid is an organic acid found in citrus fruits that is added to foods as preservative. It is also used to add a sour taste to candies and sodas.

Summary: Citrus Acid is a food additive that is used as preservative.
 

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Dipotassium Phosphate

Dipotassium phosphate is a food additive used as a stabilizer and emulsifier for instance in non-dairy creamers.
Phosphate is a nutrient and essential to human, animal and plant life. As the body cannot produce its own phosphate it has to come from foods. There are many foods like dairy and meat products that contain natural phosphates. In addition so called "inorganic phosphates" (like iron phosphate) are added to processed foods.
The World Health Organization recommends not to consume more than 800 - 1000 mg of phosphates per day. A higher intake through foods and food additives can lead to high phosphate levels in the blood. These high blood phosphate levels are linked to osteoporosis, tumor growth and ADHD in children.
In advanced stages of kidney disease phosphate cannot be properly filtered out of the blood anymore. Therefore dialysis patients are supposed to eat a diet that is low in phosphate.

Summary: Dipotassium phosphate is a food additive that contains phosphate. Too much consumption of foods or food additives containing phosphate can contribute to osteoporosis, possibly stimulate tumor growth and ADHD in children. A low phosphate diet is important for dialysis patients.
 

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Folic Acid

Folic Acid is the synthetic form of vitamin B9. It is used as a food additive to add vitamin B9 to foods.

Summary: Folic Acid is used to add vitamin B9 to foods.
 

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Genetically Modified Organisms

Genetically modified organisms, GMOs, are organisms that have been created through genetic engineering in a laboratory. DNA from one species like an animal, plant or bacteria is injected into another species. This way species are created that do not occur in nature.
In a lot of countries around the world are bans or at least restrictions on the production of GMOs, because they are not considered proven safe. Additionally, in these countries GMO foods for human and animal consumption must be labeled as such. In the United States, however, the FDA approved the production of GMOs. This approval is based on studies that were conducted by companies that produce GMOs and profit from their sales. And there is no mandatory labeling so consumers cannot chose whether or not they want to consume GMO foods. It is estimated that approx. 70% of the processed foods in a grocery store contain GMOs. Even though the FDA awarded the GRAS ("generally regarded as safe") status to GMO foods, there are scientific studies showing that these foods are not healthy.
What can you do if you do your not want to eat GMO foods?
- Buy as many foods as you can that are "100 percent organic".
- Support your local farmers that grow organic foods.
- Grow you own food.
- Avoid processed foods and cook you own meals using healthy ingredients.

Summary: GMO foods contain organisms that are created in a laboratory through genetic engineering. There are controversial opinions on the safety of GMOs for human or animal consumption. According to the principle "better safe than sorry" you should avoid GMO foods whenever you can.
 

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Iron Phosphate

Iron Phosphate is a food additive that is used to add the mineral Iron to foods and contains phosphate.

Phosphate is a nutrient and essential to human, animal and plant life. As the body cannot produce its own phosphate it has to come from foods. There are many foods like dairy and meat products that contain natural phosphates. In addition so called "inorganic phosphates" (like iron phosphate) are added to processed foods.
The World Health Organization recommends not to consume more than 800 - 1000 mg of phosphates per day. A higher intake through foods and food additives can lead to high phosphate levels in the blood. These high blood phosphate levels are linked to osteoporosis, tumor growth and ADHD in children.
In advanced stages of kidney disease phosphate cannot be properly filtered out of the blood anymore. Therefore dialysis patients are supposed to eat a diet that is low in phosphate.

Summary: Iron Phosphate is a food additive that is used to add the mineral Iron to foods and contains phosphate. Too much consumption of foods or food additives containing phosphate can contribute to osteoporosis, possibly stimulate tumor growth and ADHD in children. A low phosphate diet is important for dialysis patients.
 

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Mono- and diglycerides

Mono- and diglycerides are common food additives called emulsifiers that help blend ingredients which otherwise would not blend well like oil and water. During the manufacturing process of mono- and diglycerides trans fats are formed. Usually the amount of mono- and diglycerides added to a food product is very low. But since mono- and diglycerides do not appear as fats on the food label, food companies can hide the fat content of a product by just adding more mono- and diglycerides.
The source of mono and diglycerides is mainly soy beans which will most likely be genetically modified (GMO).

Summary: Mono- and diglycerides are adding an unknown quantity of trans fats to a food item and will most likely be derived from a genetically modified (GMO) source.
 

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Natural Flavors/Flavoring

The term “Natural Flavors” suggests that you are eating something natural and therefore healthy. In fact, “Natural Flavors” and “Artificial Flavors” are produced in the same factories. “Natural Flavors” is something that is derived from nature but may not necessarily be natural and healthy. If you have the choice try to avoid foods that contain any kind of flavors (flavoring).  

Summary: Natural Flavors are chemicals derived from a natural source and may not be healthy.
 

Niacin

Niacin is the synthetic form of vitamin B3. It is used as a food additive to add the vitamin B3 to foods.

Summary: Niacin is used to add vitamin B3 to foods.
 

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Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate

Sodium acid pyrophosphate is a common food additive that contains phosphate and helps to preserve the color in processed foods or is used as leavening agent in baking. Phosphate is a nutrient and essential to human, animal and plant life. As the body cannot produce its own phosphate it has to come from foods. There are many foods like dairy and meat products that contain natural phosphates. In addition so called "inorganic phosphates" (like sodium acid pyrophosphate) are added to processed foods.
The World Health Organization recommends not to consume more than 800 - 1000 mg of phosphates per day. A higher intake through foods and food additives can lead to high phosphate levels in the blood. These high blood phosphate levels are linked to osteoporosis, tumor growth and ADHD in children.
In advanced stages of kidney disease phosphate cannot be properly filtered out of the blood anymore. Therefore dialysis patients are supposed to eat a diet that is low in phosphate.

Summary: Sodium acid pyrophosphate is a common food additive that phosphate. Too much consumption of foods or food additives containing phosphate can contribute to osteoporosis, possibly stimulate tumor growth and ADHD in children. A low phosphate diet is important for dialysis patients.
 

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Thiamine mononitrate

Thiamine mononitrate is the synthetic form of vitamin B1. It is used as a food additive to add vitamin B1 to foods.

Summary: Thiamine mononitrate is used to add vitamin B1 to foods.
 

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Vitamin A Palmitate

Synthetic vitamins are used as food additives to enrich foods. In this case the synthetic form of Vitamin A Palmitate is used to add the vitamin A to foods and is mainly found in dairy products and breakfast cereals..

Summary: Synthetic Vitamin A Palmitate is used to add vitamin A to foods.
 

Vitamin D3

Synthetic vitamins are used as food additives to enrich foods. In this case the synthetic form of Vitamin D3 is used to add the vitamin D to foods and is mainly found in dairy products and breakfast cereals..

Summary: Synthetic Vitamin D3 is used to add vitamin D to foods.
 

 

 
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