Mens Health Magazine offers a guide for eliminating cancer causing food additives from your diet with their article entitled, SLIDESHOW: The Ultimate Food Additive Glossary.
The article states that Acesulfame Potassium (Acesulfame-K) is a calorie-free artificial sweetener often used with other artificial sweeteners to mask bitterness. The FDA has approved it for use in most foods, but some health groups claim that the decision was based on flawed tests. Mens Health states that animal studies have linked it to lung and breast tumors.
I have found Acesulfame Potassium in many brands of protein powder available at Target and Wal-Mart. I love adding protein powder to my morning post-run smoothie and I am looking for a brand without dangerous ingredients.
I am now using a soy protein powder with spirulina from the Honest Weight Food Coop in Albany. It tastes fine but all my smoothies are green colored.
If you use a protein powder without any ingredients on the list of cancer causing food additives, please let me know in the comments section!
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