Ingredients To Avoid!

Food labels and ingredients can be very confusing and complicated. When you look on the back of a food label, pay close attention and make sure that these five ingredients are not on the food label. Try to either avoid them completely or consume in minimal amounts for better health. Find out which common ingredients in the foods you eat pose the greatest risk to your health.

 

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

  • Has been linked to trigger body-wide inflammation and obesity.
  • It doesn’t stimulate insulin or leptin production and this prevents the body’s signals for being full, and may lead to overconsumption of calories.
  • Has been implicated in a variety of diseases and health problems, including but not limited to, heart disease, diabetes, and weight gain.

Hydrogenated Soybean Oil (partially or fully hydrogenated)

  • Suppresses the function of thyroid gland and slows down metabolism.
  • Studies have linked trans-fats (Hydrogenated Soybean Oil and others) to cancer, diabetes, weakened immune systems, bad cholesterol, reproductive problems, obesity, asthma, auto-immune disease, heart disease, bone degeneration, and more!
  • It’s a cheap filler, and butter substitute, to extend shelf lives.
  • Increases LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, and decreases “good” HDL cholesterol.

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

  • MSG may be linked to headaches, migraines, obesity, eye damage, fatigue, depression, heart irregularities, seizures and more.
  • It makes food taste much better by very slightly cutting your tongue, so that you can taste the robust, salty flavours more.
  • It can also be disguised/hidden under different names on ingredient labels.

Aspartame, Sucralose, Sorbitol (artificial sweeteners)

  • An artificial sweetener 180 times sweeter than sugar and was created in a lab making your body unable to recognize it.
  • Common reported symptoms from artificial sweeteners include: headaches, migraines, sleep problems, hallucinations, memory loss, nausea, dizziness, hives, cramps, rash, fatigue, joint pain and more!
  • Stimulates the release of insulin and leptin — hormones which instruct your body to store fat.

Artificial Dyes and Colourings

  • As of July 2010, most foods in the European Union that contain artificial food dyes are labelled with warning labels stating the food “may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.” The British government also asked that food manufacturers remove most artificial colours from foods back in 2009.
  • Some food dyes are linked to health issues like cancer, hyperactivity and allergy-like reactions — and these results were from studies conducted by the chemical industry itself.
  • They are mainly added to food for aesthetic purposes and are not necessary.