Food Additive Watch: Azodicarbonamide

If you are like me, the only reason you might recognize this lengthy word is because of Food Babe, the online food sleuth, who popularized it last year by calling it the “yoga mat” chemical. Subway was the main target, being called out for having this compound in their breads. While they took most of…

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Food Additive Watch: Guar Gum

This month we are continuing with the thickener theme and examining another common additive, guar gum. Guar Gum. It’s always seemed harmless to me, a simple gum used to thicken many familiar foods like yogurts, dressings, ice creams, pie fillings, etc. I really never gave much though to its presence, surprisingly, assuming it was a…

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Food Additive Watch: Should you Avoid Carrageenan?

I’m starting a new series of blog posts focusing on food additives entitled “Food Additive Watch.” As much as I tout a whole foods diet, let’s face it, people buy processed products on the grocery store shelves. I do it. You do it. So when we do, how do we make sure it’s a safe…

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