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4 ingredients that sound healthier than they really are (and 4 that sound scary but aren’t)

By Michelle Edelbaum, September 17, 2010 - 4:42pm

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Michelle asks: What ingredients do you wonder about?  


I heard that mercury is used in the processing of high fructose corn syrup and has been found to remain in the end product. Is that true?


09/17/2010 - 8:47pm

Soy has been linked to higher inflammation. When I cut out all soy my psoriatic arthritis got a lot better. Soy oil is in everything including plain old vegetable oil. Also, grain fed beef has a higher Omega 6 content than free range beef. If you eat free range beef (or any red meat or pork product) the Omega 6 will be lower and the Omega 3 will be higher. My doctor has warned me that soy is not all that great for you and should be avoided if possible.


09/17/2010 - 8:52pm

carageenan. its healthy seaweed added as a protein stretcher that is healthier than many of the foods it replaces. why is something you would pay extra for in a health food store treated like a nasty additive when its used in things like breading and ice cream?
Is there a reason?


09/26/2010 - 2:55pm

A researcher in California a couple years ago found that the innocuos preservative Sodium Benzoate was reacting with vit c in packaged juices - creating Benzene.

Any fruit or juice containing Vit C should NOT be preserved with benzoate.


09/26/2010 - 7:25pm

What about Diet Pepsi or Diet Coke that has 0 Calories and 0 Sugar? How bad is it?



09/27/2010 - 10:20am

SHOPPING FOR FOOD: It has been my experience that when shopping for your weekly groceries just
buy the number of that one item that you actually need and prevent waste. An example is fruit: If you are
two people to feed, buy 2 pieces of one fruit and 2 pieces of another. Also, buy a small bunch of grapes and some refrigerator fruits such as oranges....just dont buy them in bulk....This is how I save money !
Just because apples come in a 10 lb bag, you do not need that many for one week....some you might put in the refrigerator but that wont give you a variety. So buy for two meals only and save money...


09/27/2010 - 11:15am

I had an alergic reaction to Metamusil fiber suppliment.Mainly because I took more than the label suggested.I am concerned that inulin could cause a similar reaction.Do you have an opinion on this?


10/05/2010 - 6:03pm

Potato Extract

It is listed in a ?salmon (or other fish) patty--- a Trader Joe's label. I always read labels! I did not eat the fish; I googled quite awhile and couldn't find any help identifying Potato Extract.



10/05/2010 - 10:16pm

this was a very helpful piece ,would like to hear about more such added ingrediants , oils, types of oils and their effects , , snacks we cosume espl those related to our children thanks


10/05/2010 - 10:25pm

So, I should not take a supplement with omega 3-6-9?


10/05/2010 - 10:26pm

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