Harmful Food Additives

Chances are, even for those of us who are mostly healthy eaters, a cheat day sneaks in every now and again. There’s no shame in it. In fact, there’s research indicating that a cheat day every so often can actually help you stick to your diet. In any case, when it comes to cheat foods, fast food is a popular choice for so many reasons. It’s cheap. It’s absolutely delicious. Is it healthy? Absolutely not. That’s why it’s a cheat food after all. That being said, is it safe for consumption? Consider the big mac, which contains potentially harmful substances.

8. Ammonium Chloride

salty licorice

Ammonium chloride has a number of applications in multiple industries. A form of salt, it sometimes is used to add flavor to licorice, but is primarily a component in fertilizer. Incidentally, it is also a component in food production; specifically, it contributes to faster production of bread products. It’s included in yeast to improve bread production. Ammonium chloride is also found in certain alcoholic beverages, but because of its synergy with yeast, it is popular in fast food buns. In high enough doses, ammonium chloride can certainly be dangerous to consume; you may want to rethink your fast food choices.

7. Dimethylpolysiloxane

fried food

Dimethylpolysiloxane sometimes sees use in the automotive industry to facilitate proper equipment function, as well as the medicinal, and cosmetic industries, typically as an anti-foaming agent under these circumstances. Given its use as a defoaming agent, when it comes to food products, dimethylpolysiloxane is generally associated with fried foods, specifically for use in cooking oils. Because fried foods are often fast foods, here’s another thing to consider come cheat day. While the level of dimethylpolysiloxane used in foods is rather minimal, and it is classified as non-toxic, it is not biodegradable, which certainly is a cause for concern among environmentalists.