3 Potentially Dangerous Food Ingredients To Look For

If you’re concerned about managing weight, then reading the nutrition labels at the supermarket is one thing that most people will do.

Apart from the fact that it is important check for the amount of sodium, protein, sugar and the calories, it’s always wise to also keep track of banned food ingredients too that are still floating around.

With that said, here are 3 potentially dangerous food ingredients that we should watch for on nutrition lists:

#1: Azodicarbonamide

Primarily used to improve the texture of white bread which includes the buns served as a part of the burgers at McDonalds and Burger King, it is banned in Europe, U.K and Australia. In Singapore, you can face up to 15 years of imprisonment and $500,000 fine as well. The reason for this is the ingredient can cause serious respiratory problems, allergic reactions and asthma.

#2: Butylated Hydroxyanisole/ Butylated Hydroxytoluene

A number of chips, sausages and cereal contain both these ingredients act as preservatives that prevent the food from turning rancid. Even though they are considered generally safe in the United States, this is controversial as a number of European countries among others have banned both these ingredients.

#3: Potassium Bromate

This additive in bread strengthens dough and reduces baking time and saves manufacturing costs by reducing production costs by a substantial margin. Even though a number of countries have banned this ingredient namely the EU, Peru, Nigeria and Brazil and so on and so forth, it is still used moderately in US foods. A recent Japanese study reveals that this ingredient causes cancer in the thyroids, kidneys and other body parts.