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Avoiding gross food additives - 6 common and icky additives in everyday food.

Check out these incredibly common, incredibly disgusting food additives such as crushed beetles and beaver anal glands that are in many common foods, such as Starbucks smoothies, yogurt and jellybeans.

Food Labels - what do they really mean? Here are the answers. Find out what each of these common food labels means and how they are regulated.Also, remember that just because something says organic, gluten free, low carb, 100% natural or any other label - it doesn't mean that it is healthy!

Food Labels, Decoded

Real Simple translates common label terms to help you make the wisest choices.

Antifreeze Chemicals! Many fast food chains use a food additive called propylene glycol, which is also used in antifreeze. It adds moisture to food, keeping it frozen, in addition to enhancing flavor. For example, it's used to keep the lettuce on your sandwiches crispy and ice cream from melting.

Fast-Food Secrets Revealed This slideshow is devastating because I used to eat this crap at least weekly. Thank God, I'm free from fast food addiction!

"Shellac"..... What it is: Candy lovers, cover your eyes: pretty, shiny treats like jelly beans come at a price. They're often coated with shellac, a sticky substance derived from secretions of the female Kerria lacca, an insect native to Thailand. Shellac makes jelly beans, candy corn, and other hard-coated candy look shiny. It may be called a “confectioner’s glaze” on the packaging. So sweet, and yet so sick.

GAH - and I really like candy corn. Shellac, a sticky substance derived from secretions of the female Kerria lacca, an insect native to Thailand.

Subway Removes Plastic-Based Additive From Its Sandwich Bread @ Bamboo Core Fitness

Subway Removes Plastic-Based Additive From Its Sandwich Bread -

Launching Subway Petition - They Will Finally Hear From Us, Loud and Clear.Ask Subway To Remove Dangerous Chemicals From Their Bread

"Badditives" - artificial and potentially harmful ingredients to avoid (although I disagree with the natural sugars being on here. They should just be on a list of "limit these" rather than pegged as "baddies." I grew up using fructose instead of processed sugar in baking and such.

Resources for adults and kids with food coloring sensitivities. Colorful rants about the link between petroleum food dye and behavior.

Do you know what's in your food?  One THOUSAND new chemical additives in our food withOUT FDA approval. What?!?!

Fooducate community member Tom emailed us with a question about deli meats: Hi Fooducaters - Wondering if you can turn a critical eye towards Hormel's

What You Ought To Know To Be Safe, Wrist Blood Pressure Cuff, Only $33.00

This is a guide about uses for plastic pop bottles. Finding other uses for plastic pop bottles helps prevent them from ending up in the landfill.

Top 5 Cancer Causes Hiding in Your Home

List of Good, Bad, and Ugly Food Additives: what they are and which ones to avoid. However, I don't agree with half of the "Good" food additives. It's better to stay away from most of this stuff anyways.