App Happy: Chemical Cuisine Decodes the Ingredient List

Jun 24, 2011
Exec. Prod. of Franchises & Series. He previously reported for HuffPost, L.A. Daily Journal, and Biloxi Sun-Herald.
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We've all been there: you reach for something off the grocery store shelf, flip it over to check the ingredient list, and are confronted with a string of words that might as well be written in hieroglyphics. Heptyl Paraben? Acesulfame-K? Maltodextrin? 

As much as we try to avoid them, factory-made foods are in our lives. And that means chemical additives—preservatives, food dyes, sweeteners—have become regular parts of our diets.

Now the Center for Science in the Public Interest has released a new app for iPhone and Android that takes the guesswork out of trying to decipher whether that strange-looking ingredient on the label is safe, one to avoid, or consumable in small quantities.

No smartphone? No problem. For years the CSPI has been providing the same information on their website. You can check out the facts by clicking here

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