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April 2015
Food Additives

Why Additives Are Added To Our Food?

There are more than 10,000 additives that are allowed in food.

Additives are used in food processing to slow spoilage, prevent fats and oils from going rancid, prevent fruits from going brown, and fortify or enrich the foods with synthetic vitamins and minerals to replace the natural ones that were lost during processing.

They are also added to improve taste, texture, and appearance, as many processed foods would be as dull and bland as cardboard without some artificial help.



Food Additives to Avoid

Nitrites and Nitrates - Synthetic preservative added to meats like hot dogs and deli meat
Potassium Bromate - Commonly used in flour for commercial breads and baked goods
Propyl Paraben - Food preservative commonly found in tortillas, muffins and food dyes
Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) - Food preservative found in breakfast cereals, nut mixes, chewing gum, butter spread, meat, popcorn, chips, beer and many more.
Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT)  - Chemically similar to BHA and they are often used together.
Propyl Gallate - A preservative to prevent fats and oils from spoiling.  Found in sausage, frozen pizza and other processed foods that contain edible fats.
Theobromine - An alkaloid found in chocolate.  It has similar effects as caffeine.
Natural and Artificial Flavors - Difference between a natural flavor and artificial flavor is that a natural flavor must be sourced from a natural product, artificial flavors do not.  Both are created in a laboratory and are anything from natural.
Artificial Colors - 15 million pounds of artificial food dyes are poured into our food each year.
Diacetyl - Artificial flavoring often used as a butter flavoring in microwave popcorn.  Also used to flavor dairy products including yogurt and cheese.
Phosphates - Added to more than 20,000 products including fast food, baked goods and processed meats.  Used to reduce acid, improve moisture retention and facilitate leavening.
Aluminum Additives - Found in processed foods and used as a stabilizer. 

What happens when you eat processed food?

Processing modifies or removes important components of food, like fiber, water, and nutrients, changing the way they are digested and assimilated in your body. 

Processed foods stimulate dopamine, a feel-good neurotransmitter, making you feel good even though the food lacks nutrients and fiber. This artificial dopamine stimulation can lead to excessive food cravings and, ultimately, food addiction.

Mood swings, memory problems and even depression are often the result of a heavily processed-food diet

Refined carbohydrates like breakfast cereals, bagels, waffles, pretzels, and most other processed foods quickly break down to sugar. This increases your insulin and
leptin levels, and contributes to insulin and leptin resistance, which are the primary underlying factors of nearly every chronic disease and condition known to man, including weight gain.

Processed foods often contain genetically modified (GM) ingredients, which are also linked to reproductive problems and additional health concerns.
We can help your health here at Natural Health Pathways!  
We carry the full line of Standard Process nutritional supplements, including lots of great products to improve your health and make sure your body is getting the proper nutrition it needs to function properly.  Using the Nutrition Response Testing we are able to let your body tell us what it needs in order heal!!

A few of the all natural products we use are:

 Cholacol II supports healthy fat digestion.
  • Supports the body's normal removal of naturally occurring toxins
  • Source of bile salts
  • Supports gallbladder function
  • Helps enzymes break down fats, which can help with discomfort after eating a fatty meal
  • Supports healthy elimination

Spanish Black Radish: provides support for the body's organs
  • Supports healthy liver and gallbladder function
  • Encourages healthy digestion
  • Supports the body's normal toxin-elimination function

SP Cleanse:   combines 20 unique whole food and botanical ingredients designed to support the body's normal toxin-removal processes.
  • Supports healthy kidney, liver, and gallbladder function
  • Encourages healthy digestive function
  • Supports the body's natural toxin-elimination function
  • Promotes healthy elimination

Livaplex: is foundational support for the liver.
  • Supports healthy liver and gallbladder function
  • Supports the body's normal toxin-elimination function
  • Encourages healthy digestion of fats
  • Enhances bowel function
  • Encourages healthy bile production

Recipe of the Month

Pecan Coconut Balls



  • 1 cup pitted medjool dates
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 3 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract


Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4


  1. Process pecans in food processor until ground. Add dates and process until mixture is sticky.
  2. Add hemp seeds and coconut. Process until blended.
  3. Roll into balls and refrigerate until firm, approximately one hour.
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Charlene Shalachman
 Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner
Natural Health Pathways
365 Boston Post Road, Suite 201 Sudbury, MA 01776
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