What Is It? A Look at Strange-Sounding Ingredients in Your Food

What Is It? A Look at What’s in Xylitol, Sulfites, Xanthan Gum, Inulin & More

Find out what's really in ingredients like xylitol and sulfites and whether they're safe or should be skipped.

As a registered dietitian, I try to eat whole, unprocessed foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains. But sometimes time, convenience and even nutrition (hello, Greek yogurt!) have me reaching for foods from a package. When I choose processed foods, I almost always read the ingredient list to check for things like partially hydrogenated oils (trans fats), too much added sugar and other ingredients I don’t know how to pronounce. But not all strange-sounding ingredients are bad for your health. We did some digging at EatingWell and found out that many sounded more harmful than they were. Here’s what you need to know before your next trip to the grocery store.

—Lisa Valente, M.S., R.D.

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