A friend of mine just recently started avoiding any ultra-processed food because of health concerns. However he already had some in his storage room and some have passed their expiration date.This made me wonder if we can still treat it as normal food?
I understand the food contains lots of hard-to-spell additives, colourant, preservatives, and other chemicals beside the actual food itself, and we do not know if it can harm the environment or not. This made me think how supermarkets dispose all of those food then? I couldn't find an answer elsewhere so any input is really appreciated!
Added details (11/6/2020): Let's say mango syrup, most of the time you'll find in ingredients of actual Mango extracts of just <1%, while others were "mango flavoring", yellow colourant, along with additional preservatives & enhancer that if we google them a bit, shown some were petroleum-based (though have passed strict regulations to be used in food)