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Who Determines if Food Additives Are Safe?

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Published on Feb 12, 2014

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DESCRIPTION: The safety of food additives is determined not by the FDA, but by the manufacturers of the chemicals themselves.

I've got three dozen videos on food additives (http://nutritionfacts.org/topics/food...). Here are a few highlights:

Artificial Colors:

• Is Caramel Color Carcinogenic? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/is-ca...)
• Artificial Food Colors and ADHD (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/artif...)
• Artificial Coloring in Fish (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/artif...)
• Titanium Dioxide & Inflammatory Bowel Disease (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/titan...)

Phosphates:

• How to Avoid Phosphate Additives (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/how-t...)
• Phosphate Additives in Chicken (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/phosp...)
• Phosphate Additives in Meat Purge and Cola (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/phosp...)

Preservatives:

• When Nitrites Go Bad (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/when-...)
• Bacon and Botulism (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/bacon...)
• Is Potassium Sorbate Bad for You? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/is-po...)
• Is Sodium Benzoate Harmful? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/is-so...)

Sweeteners:

• Is Stevia Good For You? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/is-st...)
• Erythritol May Be a Sweet Antioxidant (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/eryth...)
• Neurobiology of Artificial Sweeteners (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/neuro...)

Others:

• Butter Flavored Microwave Popcorn or Breathing? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/butte...)
• Meat Additives to Diminish Toxicity (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/meat-...)
• Is Carrageenan Safe? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/is-ca...)

Just as the food additive industry gets to decide which food additives are safe, the food industry holds sway over which food is considered safe. See, for example, my video The McGovern Report (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/the-m...).

Have a question for Dr. Greger about this video? Leave it in the comment section at http://nutritionfacts.org/video/who-d... and he'll try to answer it!

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