This is a blanket term that refers to man-made chemicals that taste the same as natural flavours, such as vanilla, strawberry, or lemon. They are cheaper to produce and used in most food products.
High Fructose Corn Syrup
This ingredient is made from corn and is sweeter and cheaper than cane sugar. This additive is extremely common in most processed food and is believed to contribute to various health issues such as heart disease and raised cholesterol
Artificial food colouring is found in almost every kind of processed food and drink. Colouring additives such as red, yellow and orange have been linked to hyperactivity and cancer in people.
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
MSG is a flavour enhancer often used in seasonings, condiments, and snack chips. It is said to cause headaches, seizures, nausea, tightening in the chest, and a burning sensation in the forearms and neck.