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Food Additives

It seems like food additives are everywhere these days. Learn which ones are safe, and which ones to steer clear of.

What Is Xanthan Gum—And Is It Bad for You?
If you’ve given up bread and other traditional baked goods in favor of gluten-free options, you’re probably eating xanthan gum. But what is xanthan gum? Is it safe to eat regularly?
Xanthan gum can add elasticity to gluten-free baked goods, like this dough being kneaded.
Is Sorbitol Safe for Your Health?
You probably already know about some of the health concerns associated with refined sugar. What about low-calorie substitutes like sorbitol? Is this sweetener safe to eat? Is there room for it in a healthy diet?
A woman adds sugar cubes to her tea, instead of choosing sorbitol.
Carrageenan: Everything You Need to Know
While concerns about carrageenan have risen recently, the data on this food additive is complex. Find out if carrageenan is bad for your health.
This glass of homemade soy milk is unlikely to contain carrageenan.
Beyond MSG: Could Hidden Sources of Glutamate Be Harming Your Health?
This is a guest post written by staff clinician Amy Nett, MD. A few weeks ago, Chris interviewed Yrmis and Bobby from Mission Heirloom on his podcast, and the topic of glutamate in our food...
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Can Sweeteners Fit into a Healthy Diet?
Over the past couple months, I’ve delved into the topic of sweeteners, hoping to shed some light on what can often be a controversial issue in the Paleo and ancestral health community. So far, we’ve...
Is All Sugar Created Equal?
You’ve probably heard it countless times, especially in low-carb circles: sugar is sugar is sugar. This is true in principle – the glucose, fructose, and sucrose found in table sugar or high fructose corn syrup...
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