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

Why You Should Know How to Read a Nutrition Label
Refined grains, added sugars, seed oils, and soy often hide in our food under scientific names or within other ingredients. Find out how to read a nutrition label so you can spot them.
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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?
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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?
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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.
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This glass of homemade soy milk is unlikely to contain carrageenan.
Beyond MSG: Could Hidden Sources of Glutamate Be Harming Your Health?
What role dietary glutamate plays in our health? Glutamic acid (glutamate) is an amino acid found in abundance in both plant and animal protein.
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Can Sweeteners Fit into a Healthy Diet?
Is it possible to include sweeteners into a healthy diet? Read on to learn how to healthily and mindfully incorporate sweeteners into your diet.
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Is All Sugar Created Equal?
You may have heard the phrase, "Sugar is sugar." But is all sugar created equal? The truth is, your body processes different sugars in different ways.
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Is Refined Sugar Really Toxic?
In this series, we've looked at alternative sweeteners. But what about plain old white sugar? What about high fructose corn syrup? Read on for details.
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Are Xylitol, Sorbitol, and Other Sugar Alcohols Safe Replacements for Sugar?
In this installment of the sweetener series, we're exploring sources of sugar alcohol and whether or not they're a good alternative to other sweeteners.
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