Consumer advocacy watchdog Environmental Working Group (EWG) has issued a new iteration of its “Dirty Dozen Guide to Food Additives.” Reportedly based on hundreds of studies and information culled from EWG’s Food Scores database, the resource purports to cover “food additives associated with serious health concerns, ingredients banned or restricted in other countries, and other substances that shouldn’t be in food.”

The substances that EWG deems the “dirty dozen” include nitrites and nitrates; potassium bromate; propyl paraben; butylated hydrosyanisole (BHA); butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT); propyl gallate; theobromine; secret flavor ingredients; artificial colors; diacetyl; phosphate-based food additives; and aluminum-based food additives. See EWG Press Release, November 12, 2014.