The FDA Approved These 8 Questionable Additives — but Are They Really Safe?

Oct 16, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. ET
FDA-Approved Foods That Probably Shouldn't Be
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We've all learned the hard way over the past year or so that when it comes to the government, you can't really believe everything they say and do. Many elected officials have hidden (or not-so-hidden) agendas that clearly negatively influence their ability to put the safety of the American people first. But when it comes to government bodies regulating what companies are able to sell us as food, you'd hope we could expect said government bodies to keep us from consuming chemicals that aren't so much food as they are poison — right?

Sadly, in the case of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, our trust isn't 100 percent there. The FDA seems to be pushing through additives that seem questionable, to say the least, and Americans are eating and drinking ingredients they believe are safe — when there's evidence these things are harmful.

The FDA has the power to ban foods, so why are these iffy ones still approved?

Originally posted June 2016. Updated October 2017.

1 /8: Aspartame

FDA-Approved Foods That Probably Shouldn't Be: Aspartame
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1/8 :Aspartame

2 /8: Butylated hydroxytoluene

FDA-Approved Foods That Probably Shouldn't Be: Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)
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2/8 :Butylated hydroxytoluene

3 /8: Propylparaben

FDA-Approved Foods That Probably Shouldn't Be: Propylparaben
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3/8 :Propylparaben

4 /8: Ractopamine

FDA-Approved Foods That Probably Shouldn't Be: Ractopamine
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4/8 :Ractopamine

5 /8: rBGH

FDA-Approved Foods That Probably Shouldn't Be: rBGH
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5/8 :rBGH

6 /8: Propyl gallate

FDA-Approved Foods That Probably Shouldn't Be: Propyl gallate
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6/8 :Propyl gallate

7 /8: Butylated hydroxyanisole

FDA-Approved Foods That Probably Shouldn't Be: Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA)
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7/8 :Butylated hydroxyanisole

8 /8: Brominated vegetable oil

FDA-Approved Foods That Probably Shouldn't Be: Brominated vegetable oil
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8/8 :Brominated vegetable oil