8. Chinese food
Fun fact: American Chinese food isn’t anything like what people eat in China. That doesn’t stop us from ordering more fried rice and crab rangoon than our stomachs can hold.
When it comes to processed food, Chinese takeout is most infamous for its monosodium glutamate, better known as MSG. Mayo Clinic notes that, like BHA, MSG is classified as a ‘generally recognized as safe’ food. However, it can cause headaches, chest pain, and a number of other symptoms in some people. Plus, you don’t just order Chinese takeout and have it in one sitting. There’s a lot of food in those containers. Too much of anything is bad for you whether you’re normally sensitive to MSG or not.
What to eat instead: If orange chicken is your takeout obsession, you can easily make your own at home. There are a number of knockoff recipes from popular Chinese restaurants across the United States — no MSG required.