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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.

The Unbiased Truth about Artificial Sweeteners
Past research on artificial sweeteners has always been lacking, until now. Are artificial sweeteners healthy? Read on for updated data.
These three wooden scoops show different forms of sugar and artificial sweeteners.
Does It Matter If a Sweetener Is “Natural”?
When you're building a healthy lifestyle, it's hard to give up treats like sweets. Here are some healthy sweeteners to replace refined processed sugar.
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Is There Any Room for Sweeteners in a Healthy Diet?
Think our sweet tooth is a recent development in evolutionary history? Our draw to sweet things spans all the way back to our hunter-gatherer ancestors.
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Harmful or Harmless: Guar Gum, Locust Bean Gum, and More
So far in this series on additives, I’ve discussed magnesium stearate, soy lecithin, carrageenan, and xanthan gum. These are the most common food additives found in processed foods, especially in processed “health” foods, and many health...
Harmful or Harmless: Xanthan Gum
I hope everyone had a wonderful and delicious Thanksgiving! Today, I’m continuing my series on common food additives. Last time, I discussed the health effects of carrageenan, a food additive that is commonly used as...
Harmful or Harmless: Carrageenan
Carrageenan, a heavily discussed additive in the world of alternative health, is an indigestible polysaccharide that is extracted from red algae, and is most commonly used in food as a thickener or stabilizer. Carrageenan-containing seaweeds...
Harmful or Harmless: Soy Lecithin
Soy lecithin is one of the most ubiquitous additives in our food supply. It’s used primarily as an emulsifier, and you can find it in everything from salad dressing to tea bags. Paleo dieters avoid...
Harmful or Harmless: Magnesium Stearate
One of the benefits of ancestral eating is that you avoid potentially harmful food additives like artificial colors, MSG, and artificial sweeteners. But even on a Paleo diet, it can be hard to avoid some...
RHR: What to do about nausea, reactions to sugar, and carrageenan
Note: The Prescript-Assist supplements discussed in this article are no longer available. Please click here to learn more about a substitute, the Daily Synbiotic from Seed. We’re back with another Q&A episode. In this episode,...
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