1. Xanthan gum It is used to thicken foods such as dough, ice cream and oil based salad dressings It is not absorbed by our bodies, it passes through the digestive tract and gets processed as waste.
2. Pectin A complex carbohydrate that is found in the cell walls of fruits and vegetables. Apples are a good source. It is added to jelly and yogurt to make it thicker. It can lower cholesterol by encouraging your body to make bile acids.
3. Sorbitol A sugar alcohol found in fruit. It is used to add sweetness with fewer calories to diet food and sugar-free chewing gum. More than 50 Grams a day may cause side effects such as diarrhea, Many products include sugar alcohols on the label.
4. Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein A flavor enhancer contains MSG (monosodiumgluatamate) It can cause the same side effects as MSG. Can also be called glutamate on the label.
5.Potassium bromate A dough strengthener, allowing it to rise extra high.
It has been shown to cause cancer in animals and most counties have banned it. Check the labels and pick a bromate free brand.
For more information see my book “Safe Eating”
by Dr. Earl Mindell