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California Healthy Eating & Banned Additives Impact

Written by Integrative Health Daily Staff

What is the new California Food Ban?

When Governor Gavin Newsom led the 2023 effort, it was a turning point in the California Healthy Eating & Banned Additives Impact, which changed the state’s food industry in a historical way. This law stops the sale, production, and distribution of several harmful food additives, including Red Dye No. 3; brominated vegetable oil; potassium bromate; and propyl paraben. It not only protects Californians’ health by lowering the risks, but it also paves the way for a future where food safety and public health go hand in hand.

What are the Health Risks of the Banned Additives?

According to Susan Little, senior advocate for California’s government affairs, “These toxic chemicals have no place in our food.” This sentiment is echoed globally, with Europe already implementing restrictions or complete bans on these additives, apart from Red Dye No. 3, which finds limited use in specific cherry types.

“We’ve known for years that the now-banned toxic chemicals under California’s new law pose serious health risks, including possible links to cancer and hyperactivity in children,” says Brian Ronholm, director of food policy at Consumer Reports. 

Are other states following the food additive ban?

Other states are taking notice of California’s innovative steps. New York is moving forward with a plan to limit these four additives and add titanium dioxide to their list of banned substances, with other states surely to follow. 

How does the ban impact my daily diet?

The impact of this ban permeates daily eating habits, especially where commonly consumed items like candy, cereal, soda, and processed foods are concerned. When shopping, scrutinize food labels diligently, being especially cautious with products like soft candies, baked goods, frostings, frozen dairy desserts, sherbets, frozen fruit bars, and toaster pastries, which have previously been associated with these additives. Choose options that don’t include ingredients from the banned ingredient list. 

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  1. Read the Labels: Always read the ingredients list and nutritional information on the packaging passing on those that include the banned ingredients.
  2. Embrace Fresh Alternatives: Opt for fresh, whole foods where possible and minimize reliance on processed items.
  3. Seek Expert Guidance: Collaborate with your nutritionist or integrative health practitioner to develop a dietary plan that prioritizes your wellbeing, steering clear of potentially harmful additives.

In Summary: How the Ban Supports Consumer Health

The California Healthy Eating & Banned Additives Impact propels consumers toward a future where groceries and meals align more closely with healthful living and ensures food choices satiate and nourish, free from harmful additives. For support on how to choose healthful foods, locate a trusted integrative health provider in your area. 

California first state to enact ban on four harmful chemicals in food. (2023, October 10). EWG.ORG.
https://www.ewg.org/news-insights/news-release/2023/10/california-first-state-enact-ban-four-harmful-chemicals-food

Simmons, M. (2023, October 10). California isn’t banning Skittles, but four additives will be removed. Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/wellness/2023/10/11/california-skittles-ban-chemicals-food/

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