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Food Additives - Hidden in Plain Sight

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Food labels can be very confusing. In fact, many of us completely ignore them. If you look at the ingredients in many processed foods, you’ve probably tried to pronounce some of the chemical compounds listed in the ingredients. The food industry adds chemicals to food to either enhance flavor and color, or to preserve shelf life. There are thousands of accepted food additives and some may have important health implications.

In today’s episode, we discuss just a few additives you might want to keep an eye out for next time you go to the grocery store.

Today on The Lab Report:

  • 3:20 MSG – monosodium glutamate
  • 6:40 Nitrites and nitrates
  • 9:55 The “Name that Food” game
  • 12:45 Sulfites are everywhere
  • 13:55 Maraschino cherries are polarizing?
  • 15:20 Sulfites as a top food allergen
  • 16:55 Food colorings, FD&C, lakes, and blue rats
  • 21:25 Artificial vs. natural flavoring

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