Many of the foods we eat are processed. However, the issue isn’t if whether we eat processed foods or not; the issue is if we eat chemically processed foods. You see some foods that are processed contain ingredients that are not food. This non-food ingredients are toxic to our bodies and over time show how harmful they are.
In today’s blog I’m going to list seven ingredients that are added to our foods that do more harm than good over time.
Synthetic Pesticides: Farmers use pesticides to kill insects that feed off the crop. There are organic/safer pesticides and synthetic pesticides. We want to stay away from synthetic pesticides as much as possible. Synthetic pesticides have been linked to thyroid disruption, which can lead to weight gain. You can also purchase foods without pesticides at your local farmer’s market. They’re cheaper than organic foods because they don’t have the organic label.
High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) and Artificial Sweeteners (i.e., aspartame, saccharin, etc.): HFCS is found in many food ingredients, including bread, crackers, soda, and so much more. HFCS makes you fat, and makes your insulin level spike. Artificial sweeteners are also bad for weight, and are known for slowing down your metabolism and craving even more sweets. Look for ingredients that have real sugar over artificial sweeteners and HFCS.
Trans Fats: Trans fats are found in most processed foods, and have been linked to heart disease and heart attacks. Instead, make sure the product contains real food oils like olive oil, avocado oil, and coconut oil. Never purchase any food with cottonseed oil. Cotton is not food.
Artificial and Natural Flavors: Artificial flavors can contain petroleum ingredients. Natural flavors are a bit of a mystery because they can be some chemicals like excitotoxins, which can lead to strokes, Alzheimer’s disease, migraines, fatigue, depression, obesity, and Parkinson’s disease.
Food Dyes: Food dyes are typically artificial, and are also made up of petroleum ingredients. Some even have insect parts! Food dyes may contribute to hyperactivity in children, skin issues, asthma, and allergies. The worst ingredients are yellow #5, tartrazine (E102), yellow #6 (E110), citrus red #2 (E121), blue #2 (E132), red #3 (E127), red #40 (E129), caramel coloring, and blue #1 (E133). Again, look for real food ingredients.
Dough Conditioners: Dough conditioners have been used by bakers for years because it makes the bread fluffy and appetizing. Unfortunately, these conditioners may contain human hair, duck feathers, and even yoga mat chemicals. Avoid bread that uses these ingredients: amino acid L-cysteine, azodicarbonamide or DATEM, potassium bromate, diglycerides, and monoglycerides. Instead, purchase bread-like products like Food for Life’s Ezekiel bread or Canyon Bakehouse’s gluten-free bread.
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG): MSG is a flavor enhancer. This ingredient may cause headaches, migraines, vomiting, asthma, heart arrhythmias, depression, skin rashes, itching, nausea, and at times, even seizures. This ingredient is found in some processed foods like chips, frozen dinners, salad dressings, canned foods, and more. This ingredient is labeled in many different ways, including the following names:
· Glutamic acid
· Monopotassium glutamate
· Calcium glutamate
· Magnesium glutamate
· Natrium glutamate
· Anything “hydrolyzed”
· Any “hydrolyzed protein”
· Calcium caseinate
· Sodium caseinate
· Yeast extract
· Torula yeast
· Yeast food
· Yeast nutrient
· Autolyzed yeast
Knowing what’s in your food will help you make better healthy decisions that will improve your overall wellness.