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Healthy Food Additives

Updated on February 12, 2015

Healthy Additives

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Food Additives That Are Healthy

Food additives that are healthy for you are vitamins and minerals which have been added to baked goods, cereal, yogurt and milk, to name a few.

Breakfast cereals are fortified with a variety of vitamins and minerals. Some food companies claim to have added the daily recommended amount. Most bread and baked goods are made with refined flour that has had B vitamins and iron added. Milk usually contains additional vitamin D. For those who don’t eat dairy products, many people choose calcium fortified foods.

Yogurt contains probiotics, which are live microorganisms thought to be healthy for the host organism. These microorganisms develop when products are fermented. Probiotics are healthy bacteria that grow in our stomach and help keep our digestive system healthy. Prebiotics are the fibers that help support the growth of the probiotics. Food companies will add prebiotics like fructooligosaccharides (an artificial or alternative sweetener) to foods. These healthy bacteria flourish and improve our health. Prebiotics can be added to most any type of food, though yogurt is the most common product this additive is added to.

Food acids are added to enhance flavors in food. And also act as preservatives and antioxidants. Vinegar, citric acid, tartaric acid, malic acid, fumaric acid, lactic acid are all food acids and food additives. These food acids have been known to be beneficial in our health.

Fiber has been added to food products such as cereals and yogurt. Other foods which fiber has been added are breads, pasta, and snack foods. Fiber is necessary for a healthy digestive system and some types of fiber will help reduce cholesterol

Process fish products will often have additional omega-3 fatty acids added. This is needed for normal nervous system function and they're good for your heart.

We all have heard of the bad food additives. Isn't it good to know that there are good food additives which we can benefit from?

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      5 years ago

      My spouse and i helpful to acquire high on lifetime nevertheless lately We've developed a new opposition.

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      Steve Andrews 

      7 years ago from Tenerife

      The problem with yogurts I find is they are often full of sugar or worse sweetened with aspartame so I have to really look around here! A very interesting hub that I have voted up!

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the good information Sandy!

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      Christine Mulberry 

      8 years ago

      I certainly eat the yogurt. Those live organisms can really be good...I had tummy problems for a while before that.

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      8 years ago

      Very interesting. Learnt some stuff about additives that I did not know.

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      This is great! We always think of additives as bad. Glad to see there are good ones, too!

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      8 years ago from Utah

      Wonderful hub and so informative. Bookmarked, rated and shared.

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Good info.

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      8 years ago from Georgia

      This was a great hub. I really enjoyed learning about additives that were good for you.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Darlene, Yogurt of all types is the healthy choice. Some are better than others when the manufacture has added additional benefit ingredients.

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      8 years ago from US

      yogurt, well I always eat that one, thank you Sandy!

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      8 years ago from US

      process fish foods, great Sandy, I eat that, thank you, Maita

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      Darlene Sabella 

      8 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Thank you for this great info, I have been learning so much from all the health hubs, it's a lettle over whelming, thank you for writing something positive. I am confused about yogurt, is the yogurt with the fruit and that taste good different the plain yogurt, as far as having all the healthy ingredents? I really enjoyed your hub...

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      Beth Morey 

      8 years ago from Montana

      Nice work!

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      Maria Teresa Rodriguez - Laurente 

      8 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

      Wow! I love this. This is more detailed and helpful. I thank you so much Sandyspider. More power to you dear. Keep on.


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