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Experts Offer A List Of Products And Ingredients To Be Shunned By Consumers

December 9, 2010: 09:03 AM EST

Besides vitamin D and calcium supplements – which an Institute of Medicine committee said were unnecessary and perhaps even dangerous – experts interviewed by Wallet Pop listed seven other products that should be avoided consumers. At the top of the list is the calorie-packed sweetener high fructose corn syrup, which has been blamed for the rise in obesity and diabetes. HFCS is being gradually replaced in food products by other types of sweeteners. Also on the list is bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical widely used to make plastic bottles and line food cans. BPA can leak into baby formula, water, food and cosmetics and harm the brain. Other blacklisted substances include bovine growth hormones; genetically modified foods; parabens that prevent growth of mold, fungus and bacteria in cosmetics and food; trans fat; and anything “Made in China.”

Lan N. Nguyen, "Seven Products on Consumers' Blacklist", Wallet Pop, December 09, 2010, © AOL Inc.
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