04-11-2012, 03:17 PM
Castoreum comes out of a beaver's behind -- it's extracted from their anal glands -- and is used to make artificial raspberry flavoring. Try not to think about that next time you order the diet raspberry tea. Found in: Artificially raspberry flavored products such as cheap ice cream, Jell-O, candy, fruit-flavored drinks, teas and yogurts.
Lately, my family has been on a healthy food tirade. It's actually been mostly my mom. She calls me up randomly and tells me to stop eating certain things because it'll give me cancer. I used to just shrug it off and think she's nuts, but with all the reports I've been reading, I'm beginning to think it has merit.
I think the worst offender in artificial flavoring is strawberry. It's very difficult to mimic that particular flavor, so it has all these ingredients: amyl acetate, amyl butyrate, amyl valerate, anethol, anisyl formate, benzyl acetate, benzyl isobutyrate, butyric acid, cinnamyl isobutyrate, cinnamyl valerate, cognac essential oil, diacetyl, dipropyl ketone, ethyl acetate, ethyl amyl ketone, ethyl butyrate, ethyl cinnamate, ethyl heptanoate, ethyl heptylate, ethyl lactate, ethyl methylphenylglycidate, ethyl nitrate, ethyl propionate, ethyl valerate, heliotropin, hydroxyphenyl-2-butanone (10 percent solution in alcohol), a-ionone, isobutyl anthranilate, isobutyl butyrate, lemon essential oil, maltol, 4-methylacetophenone, methyl anthranilate, methyl benzoate, methyl cinnamate, methyl heptine carbonate, methyl naphthyl ketone, methyl salicylate, mint essential oil, neroli essential oil, nerolin, neryl isobutyrate, orris butter, phenethyl alcohol, rose, rum ether, g-undecalactone, vanillin, and solvent.
Thankfully Trader Joe's has a lot of non-GMO stuff and uncured bacon that doesn't have sodium nitrites. :drool:
04-11-2012, 04:21 PM
The Dirty Dozen (http://www.gotapex.com/l.php?r=276091/www-huffingtonpost-com-2011-06-13-dirty-dozen_n_87) list is one worth taking a look at.
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