• Anita Hollerer-Squire

Food additives to avoid

Updated: Jun 14

Food additives are substances that are added to food to make them taste better, look better and keep them fresh for longer. Some additives have been used for ages - like salt, vinegar and sugar. Others have been artificially created for our consumer society and are used in processed foods - which were practically non-existent in our ancestor's lives.

Looking at ingredient lists can be very confusing, to say the least. Some food items have that many additives, they couldn't be further from real food. And the majority of us have no clue what most of them are.

If you want to avoid artificial ingredients, eat fresh food - the least processed the better. And if you can't get fresh fruit & vegetables use frozen. Instead of buying ready-made and processed food, start cooking yourself - this way you control what's going in your meals.

That's not to say that all additives are bad. Many additives are harmless and keep our food safe, however some have the potential to cause you harm if consumed on a daily basis. Food additives go hand-in-hand with processed food, and we all know by now that in order to stay healthy and keep our weight in check, we should stay away from it.

Here is a list of additives to watch out for:


E171 – Titanium dioxide

Used in:

Chocolates, sweets, pastries, lollies,

chewing gum, white coating on donuts

Avoid because:

Possible adverse effects on the reproductive

system. The International Agency for Research on

Cancer (IARC) classifies titanium dioxide as a Group 2B carcinogen, which means it's possibly carcinogenic to humans.