Taylor McKinley on TikTok shares the importance of reading nutrition labels, and a few ingredients to avoid the next time you’re at the supermarket. Many product packaging can be deceiving, so taking a closer look at the actual ingredients in the food you’re eating is the only way to determine if it’s good for you or not. Let’s take a look at just a handful of ingredients that should be avoided.

The first is Aspartame. This artificial sweetener is linked with various diseases and negative side effects and should definitely be avoided. Dozens of studies have linked aspartame “to serious health problems, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, seizures, stroke and dementia, as well as negative effects such as intestinal dysbiosis, mood disorders, headaches and migraines.”

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Next is Carrageenan, an additive that is often used to thicken, emulsify, and preserve foods and drinks. According to scientists, “carrageenan can induce inflammation and lead to chronic illnesses such as diabetes, digestive disorders, heart diseases, neurological disorders and even something as serious as cancer.”

MSG (Monosodium glutamate), is a flavor enhancer commonly added to Chinese food, canned vegetables, soups and processed meats. Scientific research has linked this food enhancer with “obesity, metabolic disorders, neurotoxic effects and detrimental effects on the reproductive organs.”

High fructose corn syrup is commonly added to candy, soda, sugary cereals, juice, fast food, to name a few. Research suggests that eating too much high fructose corn syrup “can lead to insulin resistance, obesity, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.”

Food coloring is a chemical substance that was developed to enhance the appearance of different foods. It is found in everything from candy and soda, to cereal and salad dressing. Research suggests that food coloring and dyes are “linked with hyperactivity, ADHD, behavioral changes like irritability and depression, hives and asthma, and tumor growth”.

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