The processed food market (from fast-food restaurants to large factories that manufacture and package refined foods), is only concerned with one thing: their company revenue.
The numbers are a game. Growing and distributing fresh and healthy food costs more than making packaged foods that are “immediate”, ready-to-eat, or easy to prepare. These products can be stored on the shelf for a long time (in the supermarket or your kitchen).
In order to create these modern nutritional wonders, a lot of “added ingredients” and food preservatives are required. Let’s also not forget artificial flavors, colors and chemicals.
I’ll let you in on an insider secret: the best way to remain healthy, balanced and fit is to stick to a healthy diet. And nothing is better than organically grown fruit and vegetables.
It has been proven that fruits and vegetables grown without pesticides and naturally, are the healthiest and safest food for humans. It’s usually packed with nutrients.
Below is a list of Food Additives you should avoid!
Vegetable oil partially hydrogenated.
Media outlets often use a new “neologism”, when discussing health and fitness. Cholesterol was the health topic of choice until recently.
Trans fat is the latest buzzword. Cholesterol, while still a major problem for many (especially Boomers), has become a new concern.
Does this mean anything to YOU? If you are one of the millions that have fallen victim to the margarine trap, it should. If you enjoy a “packaged”, muffin or pastry in the morning with your coffee, you need to be aware of the dangers associated with eating foods that contain partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.
This is made using a process where grease is “instilled with hydrogen”. This process results in a significant reduction of polyunsaturated oil (a healthy, balanced fat).
Search Google to find out that Trans Fats have a strong connection with heart disease, breast and colon cancers, pancreatic cancers, atherosclerosis, as well as other problems associated with high cholesterol.
BHA and BHT
BHA and BHT, both synthetic preservatives, prevent oils used in processed food from turning rancid. The United States Department of Wellness and Human Being Solutions (United States DHHS) both consider BHA and BHT to be “carcinogens“.
Both are linked to a variety of health issues and conditions, including skin breakouts, hair loss, liver and kidney damage, cancer of the pancreas, fetal problems, and growth retardation.
Over the past 40 years, cancer deaths in the US have increased by more than 50%. This is no coincidence! Consider the fact that BHA and BHT both cause cancer in laboratory animals, the US DHHS states they are dangerous for human consumption yet the FDA maintains that they can be used in our food.
Before purchasing, check the label to see if there is BHT or BHA.
Azodicarbonamide (ADA) or bromide.
ADA is a food additive used in the production of bread products. It’s used to bleach flour and preserve it, keeping it soft and preventing it from going stale.
In some parts of Europe as well as Australia, it is prohibited to use Azodi carbonamide in artificial additives. In the UK, Bromide has been identified as a possible source of bronchial asthma. The use of ADA for food handling in Singapore could lead to 15 years in prison and a fine of $450,000.
Because ADA is primarily used in the production of foam plastics like Styrofoam! Thermal decomposition releases nitrogen, carbon dioxide, co2 and urea gasses which are entrapped in the polymer in the form of bubbles.
Styrofoam cup, gaskets and inserts for footwear, padded floor mats, etc., are all examples. It is found in many bread products sold in the United States.