The food we eat is more processed than ever before. This is due to the way our food gets to our table and how the food industry has developed over the past 50 years. Additives are used mostly to preserve, stabilize and manipulate our food, but they can also lead to ill effects on our health. Even major chain restaurants such as Panera are wising up and taking the time to rid their menu of additives. Here are the top three on my list to avoid! Let these lists serve as a guide. Cleaning up your diet can feel overwhelming at first until you learn to recognize these harmful additives. Take a few minutes while you’re out at the grocery store to read the labels of the foods you purchase. Replacing foods that contain these additives with products that don’t can make a big difference in how you feel and function day to day.