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By Alanna NuñezShape

1. Potassium Benzoate

When you crave something sweet, bubbly, and perhaps caffeinated but don’t want the calories, it can be tempting to crack open a diet soda — but resist that urge.

“Sodium and potassium benzoate are added to some diet soft drinks and fruit drinks,” Leslie Bonci, R.D., says. “They can form benzene, which is a carcinogen when combined with vitamin C, the ascorbic acid in juice or soda.”

In addition, research shows that there may be a link between diet cola consumption and weight gain, as well as cancer and diabetes, so if you’re a diet soda junkie, try to cut back. Our five tips will help you kick the habit.

If you don’t drink soda, you’re not safe, though. Potassium benzoate often shows up in seemingly innocuous foods such as apple cider, low-fat salad dressings, syrups, jams, olives, and pickles, so read labels.

This excerpt is from Part 1 of a list compiled by Alanna Nuñez, published in Shape Magazine.

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4 thoughts on “9 Ingredients Nutritionists Won’t Touch”

  1. this crap has been the hardest thing I very had to get rid of…doing the lemon and water but its the fizz that i miss…the lip smaking ahhhhh fizz..but its coming to and end slowly

  2. Queen Bee:
    Please consider culling a list of food additives that are dangerous, carcinogenic, gmo’d, dioxin laced or sprayed, etc. etc. IN A PRINT-OUT FORM WE CAN ‘SHOP’ WITH.
    I used to shop with a grocery cart -now I shop with a handbasket because the majority of supermarket foods are inedible due to gmo, carcinogenic or meats. We need to refine a list.

  3. Love this! I’ve given up soda entirely, and definitely gotten consistent with reading labels.

  4. It just doesn’t stop! People need to wake up and read labels and understand what is in our foods and drinks. Think about what it is all doing to our kids health.

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