Worst Food Ingredients
Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or illness.
Top 10 Worst Toxic Ingredients In Food
While we all know that
consuming more whole and natural foods is good for our health, it’s still
impossible for many people to completely avoid processed foods, and for
these people reading the label is very important.
Artificial colors are
used to enhance the color of the food and make it look a lot more appealing,
but these colors host a rainbow of risks: some of them have been linked to
various health issues, such as allergic reactions, fatigue, asthma, skin
rashes, hyperactivity, headaches, and they are also linked to various types
02. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) [Ajinomoto]
This is a processed flavor enhancer that can be found in Chinese food, restaurant food, salad dressing, chips, crackers, sausages, processed meats, dips, frozen meals, soups and more. It has been linked to various health issues, such as: brain damage, liver inflammation, learning disabilities, obesity, headaches, nausea, asthma, change in heart rate and various other diseases.
There are various types of
preservatives which prevent spoilage and food poisoning and prevent mold
growth. The intent of preservative use is well-meaning, because they prevent
botulism, mold and bacteria, which gives products a longer shelf life and
protect people from illness, however many preservatives have dangerous side
effects and are potentially carcinogenic, can cause hyperactivity, hormonal
changes, liver damage, nervous system damage and many other health problems.
These are chemical mixtures
that imitate natural flavors. You can find them in artificially flavored
jellies, soft drinks and candies. These are made of a similar taste base,
but have dramatically different flavors due to the use of different scents
or fragrances. Many artificial flavorings are derived from petroleum, and
most artificial flavors actually contain many chemical ingredients, not just
one, and many of those chemicals are volatile. For example: brominated
vegetable oil (BVO) is primarily used to boost flavor and help emulsify
citrus-flavored soft drinks.
05. High-fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
This is a cheaper alternative
to cane and beet sugar, and in the United States it is among the sweeteners
that have primarily replaced table sugar in the food industry. Due to
US-imposed tariffs in the United States sugar prices are two to three times
higher than in the rest of the world, which makes HFCS significantly
cheaper, so that it is the principal sweetener used in processed foods and
beverages. It is commonly used in breads, cereals, breakfast bars, lunch
meats, yogurts, soft drinks, soups and condiments.
These include aspartame,
saccharin, sucralose, acesulfame-K and more. These are chemical food
additives that duplicates the effect of sugar in taste with less food
energy. They are anywhere from 30 to 8,000 times sweeter than sugar and as a
result, they have much fewer calories than foods made with table sugar. Many
sugar substitutes have zero calories per gram. They are found in diet foods
and diet products to reduce calories per serving.
07. Palm Oil and Trans Fats
Trans fat enhance the flavor,
texture, and shelf life of many processed foods. These are formed when
manufacturers turn liquid oils into solid fats via a process called
hydrogenation. One example is palm oil which is cheaper than most other oils
and contain high levels of trans fats, which increase bad cholesterol and
triglycerides levels and lower good cholesterol, contributing to risk of
heart disease and type 2 diabetes. It has also been claimed that a high
intake of trans fats may have a direct association with prostate cancer in
men. Also many commercial brands of soybean oil are often hydrogenated to
help increase their shelf life.
08. Refined Grains
A refined grain is made by processing a natural, whole grain so that some or most of the nutrients are lost. When a whole grain is refined, both the bran and germ are removed, including all the fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Refined grains are also easy to digest and increase your blood sugar and insulin levels, which can lead to all sorts of health problems. Replace processed grains with whole grains, like brown or wild rice, whole-meal pasta, whole-wheat breads, barley and oatmeal.
Sugar can be found not only in
obvious foods such as cookies, cakes, sodas, soft drinks and other sweets.
It can be found even in pasta sauce, salad dressing and canned vegetables.
reading food labels, look for sugar listed as the first ingredient and be
hidden sugar names: fructose, lactose, sucrose, maltose, glucose, dextrose.
10. Salt (sodium chloride)
Sodium is necessary for life
and is essential to many processes in our body, but you only need a small
amount every day. The problem is that most of the sodium in our diet can be
found in processed foods, such as various sauces, fast-food, canned
vegetables, soups, and cured or preserved meats. Many of the worst 10 fake
foods are saturated with salt.
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