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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 beg to differ on maltodextrin, which triggers massive release of free glutamic acid (the same as monosodium glutamate) in the body... and drives my son as crazy as MSG, as we learned the hard way.

So people who are sensitive to MSG/excess glutamates should avoid maltodextrine, modified starch, etc...
Same is btw true to a much lesser extent of citric/ascorbic acid.

Good health to us all


10/27/2015 - 1:45am

I see "Natural Flavor" listed often within the ingredients label. Do you have any information about this ingredient ?


09/12/2013 - 4:32pm

A very interesting blog, Thanks for posting it.
When i was raising my kids, I told them that if they could read the ingredients in a food product, then i would buy it. Later, when they got older and could propnounce Butylated, I told them that they had to know what the ingredient was, That allowed me to feed them a basicaly healthy diet of real food.
As a nutrition consultant, I would tell my clients that if the ingredients list looked like a menu, to eat it, if it looked a chemistry set, to avoid it.
Keep it real.


10/25/2010 - 5:03am

Gluten...what is the latest "gluten free" craze all about?


10/18/2010 - 8:26pm

I want to know more, about th red food coloring that comes from BEETLES! My goodness, what they won't add yet!


10/18/2010 - 1:45pm

MSG. i have heard it is listed by different names. is that true?


10/08/2010 - 2:16pm

You state that Xanthan gum and Maltodextrin are not that scary and are just startches added to low-fat foods for body and binding. Yes, that's true. However, those starches are carbohydrates. They add calories and can effect your tri-glycerides, like the other carbohydrates you mention earlier in the piece. The trade-off of a possibly healthy fat for an additional carbohydrate is not always a health choice. I know too many people who think the low-fat dressing, loaded with these carbohydrates to replace the fat, are healthy for them. They are not. A dressing that uses a healthy fat like olive oil or walnut oil would be better for you and your heart than the low-fat dressings filled with these carbohydrates to fool your mouth into not missing the fat.


10/07/2010 - 6:20am

Maltodextrine is NOT a good ingredient - it acts look SUGAR for most diabetics and therefore raises blood glucose --


10/06/2010 - 9:51am

Hemp:I have some granola bars that say there's hemp in them. I'm looking for a job. Will that make me fail a drug test?


10/06/2010 - 7:21am

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


10/05/2010 - 9:26pm

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