It is quite scary and frustrating that in 2011 I am afraid to eat many things for fear I will have to use my Epi-Pen, call 911 and head to my nearest ER so some food will not kill me! Back in the early 60's when I was born and through my teen years there was not much thought given, as to what food your child or children eats. No one was concerned very seriously about fats, cholesterol, carbohydrates, and mystery ingredients in the foods that were consumed. The only people that I knew who were concerned about sugars back then were parents of kids with diabetes. I have no recollection of anyone being at all concerned about the sodium in there foods. Fast Forward 48 1/2 years later and I look at everything on a Nutrition Label and pray that it is accurate. Below you will see links to some articles on Food Additives, no point in re-inventing the wheel so to speak. I avoid MSG and directive as well as bht, tbhq, sodium nitrates/nitrites. I also avoid Nutrasweet, Neoname, Aspartame, Equal, Truvia, Purevia, Erythritol, Honey, Brown Sugar, Molasses, and like Products. The only one that does not seem to cause me any ill effects is Splenda.