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Sneaky ingredients to avoid

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 02, 2011 at 4:19 AM

List some things to avoid. There are some really obvious ones, like sugar and fructose and MSG, but what about the sneaky ones, that aren't well known or talked about much? I'm thinking about odd chemical names, and things I've never heard of.
I think having a well developed list will be a great help to folks about to break and go back to the 'dark side', if I can read the ingredients and see a bunch of red flags, things I know to be pretty much poison, its gonna be really hard to eat that posion anyway.

Educate me till I can never go back.

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on June 22, 2012
at 04:08 PM

According to Chris Kresser, carrageenan is a cancerogen.

Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

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on November 03, 2011
at 09:00 PM

Iron is added to certain foods and multivitamins. It's also the main ingredient in bullets. Logical fallacies for the win.

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on November 03, 2011
at 08:59 PM

I have a bag of guar gum, I add it to yogurt and smoothies when I want them to be thicker. I've never noticed anything bad about it. Same with xantham gum.

5ef574d7893bc816ec52e04139e9bc09

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on November 03, 2011
at 08:03 PM

Had no idea this was such a common issue.

4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

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on November 03, 2011
at 07:14 PM

Agree 100% -- FODMAPS are bad news for me.

99a6e964584f20f3f69ad3a70a335353

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on November 03, 2011
at 05:53 PM

Rhubarb: that rule doesn't work so well if you've taken two and a half years of chem classes.

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

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on November 03, 2011
at 05:08 PM

Carrageenan does a number on me too. I can handle a bit of guar gum, though.

C471216c9fb4fcf886b7ac84a4046b49

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on November 03, 2011
at 04:50 PM

BAHAHAH dave piggly wiggly!!!!!!! your a southerner too??

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

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on November 03, 2011
at 03:27 PM

Hubby had inflammatory IBS like symptoms from it. We avoid now.

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on November 02, 2011
at 05:23 PM

Grover-Ha! That is hysterical. I guess once you got past the nuts and possibly salt, that was a clue. I think that any ingredient not having to do with whole foods is suspect and should be avoided. I do "get" your question, however.

20eefe24d8ccf096096f05b5bce1ea40

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on November 02, 2011
at 04:16 PM

This question was inspired be a bag of mixed nuts I bought, figured I was safe with mixed nuts, just nuts and salt right? Wrong. Halfway through the bag I read the ingreidents and the last one on there sounded like something you'd build a terminator out of. I gave up on food with ingreidents 6 months before I ever heard of 'paleo', and since hearing of paleo, I modified my old plan a bit to include more organs and higher quality meat.As Dave S pointed out, this is a question aimed at sneaky ingreidents, like the ones hidden in my mixed nuts or coconut milk,things I dont already know are bad

20eefe24d8ccf096096f05b5bce1ea40

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on November 02, 2011
at 04:09 PM

Didn't know yeast extract was MSG, those sneaky bastards. Thats just what I was looking for, thanks

20eefe24d8ccf096096f05b5bce1ea40

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on November 02, 2011
at 04:06 PM

Here's a fun comment on our society, we have 30 words for sugar, just like the Inuit had 30 words for snow. Its that important to us.

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on November 02, 2011
at 03:28 PM

Right on Annie! I had a friend send me a link to a local news article cracking the case about 'wood' being allowed in food (cellulose). I was like, how does that matter to me? I don't eat food with ingredients. And I told my friend that!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on November 02, 2011
at 02:50 PM

I think it's more of an N=1 thing. I have no problem with oligosaccharide gums/thickeners.

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on November 02, 2011
at 01:16 PM

same here......

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on November 02, 2011
at 12:23 PM

Agreed, but it doesn't answer the question. And in the middle of Safeway (or Piggly Wiggly) you still need to know if the cream/coconut milk or rotisserie chicken is reasonably "safe".

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on November 02, 2011
at 04:53 AM

Precisely Rhubarb!

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on November 02, 2011
at 04:30 AM

Great answer, if you've never heard of it and can't pronounce it, don't eat it.

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on November 02, 2011
at 04:23 AM

You beat me to it. I was going to say just avoid "ingredients" and your gold. :)

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6670b38baf0aae7f4d8ac2463ddc37c0

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on November 02, 2011
at 04:21 AM

IMHO, you should avoid all foods that have "ingredients."

B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

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on November 02, 2011
at 04:30 AM

Great answer, if you've never heard of it and can't pronounce it, don't eat it.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on November 02, 2011
at 03:28 PM

Right on Annie! I had a friend send me a link to a local news article cracking the case about 'wood' being allowed in food (cellulose). I was like, how does that matter to me? I don't eat food with ingredients. And I told my friend that!

9759643ce5d97ab8fa649ae954656c4c

(3325)

on November 02, 2011
at 04:23 AM

You beat me to it. I was going to say just avoid "ingredients" and your gold. :)

20eefe24d8ccf096096f05b5bce1ea40

(988)

on November 02, 2011
at 04:16 PM

This question was inspired be a bag of mixed nuts I bought, figured I was safe with mixed nuts, just nuts and salt right? Wrong. Halfway through the bag I read the ingreidents and the last one on there sounded like something you'd build a terminator out of. I gave up on food with ingreidents 6 months before I ever heard of 'paleo', and since hearing of paleo, I modified my old plan a bit to include more organs and higher quality meat.As Dave S pointed out, this is a question aimed at sneaky ingreidents, like the ones hidden in my mixed nuts or coconut milk,things I dont already know are bad

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on November 02, 2011
at 04:53 AM

Precisely Rhubarb!

6670b38baf0aae7f4d8ac2463ddc37c0

(3946)

on November 02, 2011
at 05:23 PM

Grover-Ha! That is hysterical. I guess once you got past the nuts and possibly salt, that was a clue. I think that any ingredient not having to do with whole foods is suspect and should be avoided. I do "get" your question, however.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on November 02, 2011
at 12:23 PM

Agreed, but it doesn't answer the question. And in the middle of Safeway (or Piggly Wiggly) you still need to know if the cream/coconut milk or rotisserie chicken is reasonably "safe".

99a6e964584f20f3f69ad3a70a335353

(1334)

on November 03, 2011
at 05:53 PM

Rhubarb: that rule doesn't work so well if you've taken two and a half years of chem classes.

C471216c9fb4fcf886b7ac84a4046b49

(1371)

on November 03, 2011
at 04:50 PM

BAHAHAH dave piggly wiggly!!!!!!! your a southerner too??

9
5ef574d7893bc816ec52e04139e9bc09

(6097)

on November 02, 2011
at 04:48 AM

Carrageenan/Guar Gum. I had some coconut milk with these in it, and I felt like shit for a few days. I'm convinced it was these thickening agents.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on November 02, 2011
at 02:50 PM

I think it's more of an N=1 thing. I have no problem with oligosaccharide gums/thickeners.

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on November 02, 2011
at 01:16 PM

same here......

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

(4347)

on November 03, 2011
at 05:08 PM

Carrageenan does a number on me too. I can handle a bit of guar gum, though.

4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

(4359)

on November 03, 2011
at 07:14 PM

Agree 100% -- FODMAPS are bad news for me.

Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

(2890)

on November 03, 2011
at 08:59 PM

I have a bag of guar gum, I add it to yogurt and smoothies when I want them to be thicker. I've never noticed anything bad about it. Same with xantham gum.

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6244)

on November 03, 2011
at 03:27 PM

Hubby had inflammatory IBS like symptoms from it. We avoid now.

5ef574d7893bc816ec52e04139e9bc09

(6097)

on November 03, 2011
at 08:03 PM

Had no idea this was such a common issue.

Ad369bbf19109804bbe6609f023285b1

(74)

on June 22, 2012
at 04:08 PM

According to Chris Kresser, carrageenan is a cancerogen.

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93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

(2936)

on November 02, 2011
at 03:04 PM

And don't forget euphemisms like "yeast extract" (MSG).

And what about meats that say "enhanced with up to 15% fluid"?

20eefe24d8ccf096096f05b5bce1ea40

(988)

on November 02, 2011
at 04:09 PM

Didn't know yeast extract was MSG, those sneaky bastards. Thats just what I was looking for, thanks

5
F4d04667059bc682540fdfd8b40f13a7

on November 02, 2011
at 04:29 AM

My personal favourite is "Evaporated Cane Juice", er, that'll be SUGAR then!

20eefe24d8ccf096096f05b5bce1ea40

(988)

on November 02, 2011
at 04:06 PM

Here's a fun comment on our society, we have 30 words for sugar, just like the Inuit had 30 words for snow. Its that important to us.

3
8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

on November 03, 2011
at 03:26 PM

1) autolyzed

2) "natural flavor"

3) gums - xantham, locust, guar, etc.

4) "stabilizers, or thickeners added"

5) carrageenan

6) sugar alchohols

If a traditional, homecooking grandmother wouldn't have recognized it - it's not real food!

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27361737e33ba2f73ab3c25d2699ad61

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on November 02, 2011
at 04:47 PM

Glycerine -- blech. It's often added unnecessarily (unless a cloying sweet taste is somehow necessary) to otherwise great herbal and other healing extracts or liquid supplements, but it can raise blood glucose in those that are very low carb. Maltodextrin sucks out loud too but it's ubiquitous in supplement powders, packaged foods, drugs etc. Blech. Why do pills that need to be swallowed require a "sweet taste"??? Medicine is supposed to taste bad...those were the good ol' days...

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6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on November 03, 2011
at 07:02 PM

Propylene glycol is added to food as a humectant to prevent food from drying out. It is also the main ingredient in anti-freeze.

Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

(2890)

on November 03, 2011
at 09:00 PM

Iron is added to certain foods and multivitamins. It's also the main ingredient in bullets. Logical fallacies for the win.

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