Parents, when shopping for groceries: always check the label before you buy. Heavily processed foods are teeming with ingredients that increase the risk of cancer and are devoid of nutritional value. Plenty of these ingredients have their way of sneaking into products. While you may not give your child a plate of artificial sweeteners or MSG, traces of these ingredients may be lurking in their daily lunches. Even seemingly harmless foods like bread and yogurt harbor dangerous ingredients that can pose a major threat to your child’s health. Here are 10 harmful ingredients to avoid.
1. Artificial Sweeteners
Many individuals turn to artificial sweeteners as an alternative to sugar. But this approach may be misguided. Like sugar, artificial sweeteners are also linked to diabetes and obesity. A certain artificial sweetener, aspartame, is known to cause headaches, dizziness, memory loss, even epileptic seizures, according to several complaints issued to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Aspartame is commonly found in zero-calorie sodas and yogurts, as well as 6,000 other grocery products.