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Ingredients you can eat, even if you can’t pronounce

On this Blog I often write about foods you should avoid and why. For a change I want to assure you of some ingredients that may sound scary but actually just fine to eat. Lately I have noticed more and more people switching to a whole foods diet and the mantra “don’t eat what you can’t pronounce.” This is generally good advice, but here is a list of ingredients that you need not pronounce. The FDA label laws requires scientific names be used on several ingredients. Manufacturers are allowed to put the common name in parenthesis after the scientific one, but there isn’t always room on the label.

  1. Beta carotene: Is a group of chemicals found in colorful fruits and vegetables like carrots and pumpkins. It is converted in the body to vitamin A and is an antioxidant.
  2. Steviol glycosides: This is an alternative to sugar from the Stevia Plant. I grow it in my garden.
  3. Xanthan gum: Is a thickener made from a bacteria mixed with sugar. It is often used in gluten free baking and is considered harmless.
  4. Sodium stearoyl lactylate: is a chemical derived from lactic acid and used to mix water and oil in baked goods. Lactic Acid, another scary name, is made from fermentation of a plant such as corn or beets.
  5. Alpha-linolenic acid: is an Omega 3 Fatty Acid found in some nuts, seeds, and vegetable oils and has a ton of health benefits.
  6. Vitamins: Many vitamins have a crazy scientific name.
  • Ascorbic acid — Vitamin C
  • Retinol—Vitamin A
  • Gamma tocopherol—Vitamin E
  • Thiamine mononitrate— Vitamin B1
  • Cyanocobalamin— Vitamin B12
  • Pyridoxine hydrochloride—- Vitamin B6
  • Calcium pantothenate—Vitamin B5