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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.

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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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.
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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
Guar gum and various other gums are added to a lot of processed foods. Keep reading to find out about these different gums and how they affect your health.
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Harmful or Harmless: Xanthan Gum
Xanthan gum is an additive often included in gluten-free baked goods. While opting for gluten-free is healthy, are there adverse effects to xanthan gum?
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Harmful or Harmless: Carrageenan
Carrageenan, an additive commonly found in non-dairy milks such as almond milk and coconut milk, may have an adverse affect on health. Read on for details.
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Harmful or Harmless: Soy Lecithin
Soy lecithin is a common emulsifier used in many many foods. With soy in the name, you might think you need to avoid it. But is it as bad as you think?
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Magnesium Stearate: 6 Supposed Dangers That Need Attention to Determine if It Is Harmful or Harmless
Even on a Paleo diet, it can be hard to avoid some fillers, thickeners, and additives—like magnesium stearate. Find out what magnesium stearate is and learn whether it’s harmful.
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