How to Avoid Excess Food Chemicals

Much of the food in the grocery store has at least one type of chemical in it or on it. While food chemicals should all be safe in small amounts, it’s understandable why a growing number of people would like to avoid them. Here’s how:
Read food labels. Packaged foods must have the ingredients posted on the package. Look for artificial food colorings and dyes that have a number like FD&C Green No. 3. Other chemical additives include BHT and BHA, monosodium glutamate (MSG), and artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and saccharin.

Trim the fat. Pesticides and other chemical residues are often stored in animal fat. Trim fat from meats and choose non-fat milk. You can also buy organic milk and BGH-free milk that comes from cows that have not been given bovine growth hormone.