Unhealthy Food Additives and Ingredients

Natural Flavors and MSG


Here is a good beginning list of unhealthy food additives and ingredients that you might want to eliminate or limit from your diet.

There are likely more extensive lists on the information superhighway, so if you know of other sources, please share the links with us in the comment box below.


Specific Unhealthy Food Additives and Ingredients to Avoid
• Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils
• High-fructose corn syrup
• Soy
• Pasteurized or homogenized anything
• Artificial sweeteners (Splenda, aspartame, saccharin, etc.)
• Preservatives and colorings

These ingredients ALWAYS contain MSG

  • Glutamate
  • Glutamic acid
  • Gelatin
  • Monosodium glutamate
  • Calcium caseinate
  • Textured protein
  • Monopotassium glutamate
  • Sodium caseinate
  • Yeast nutrient
  • Yeast extract
  • Yeast food
  • Autolyzed yeast
  • Hydrolyzed protein (any protein that is hydrolyzed)
  • Hydrolyzed corn gluten
  • Natrium glutamate (natrium is Latin/German for sodium)

These ingredients OFTEN contain MSG or create MSG during processing

  • Carrageenan
  • Maltodextrin
  • Malt extract
  • Natural pork flavoring
  • Citric acid
  • Malt flavoring
  • Bouillon and Broth
  • Natural chicken flavoring
  • Soy protein isolate
  • Natural beef flavoring
  • Ultra-pasteurized Soy sauce
  • Stock Barley
  • Malt
  • Soy sauce extract
  • Whey protein concentrate
  • Pectin Soy protein
  • Whey protein
  • Protease
  • Soy protein concentrate
  • Whey protein isolate
  • Protease enzymes
  • Anything protein fortified
  • Flavors(s) & Flavoring(s)
  • Anything enzyme modified
  • Anything fermented* unless it states natural fermentation
  • Natural flavor(s) & flavoring(s)
  • Enzymes anything*
  • Seasonings (the miscellaneous word, “seasonings”)

*Note: These are not the same as the enzymes that occur naturally in food created by Yahweh.
This list has been compiled from various sources, but especially from the Weston A. Price Foundation and

Another place you can go to find reliable food ingredient information including unhealthy food additives and similar ingredients:

The Healthy Home Economist

To learn more about MSG and other Unhealthy Food Additives and Ingredients, you might want to read this article: Natural Flavors and MSG are they Harmful?


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