Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Top 10 Food Additives to Avoid


1. Hidden sugars
Sugar comes in many forms. As you might assume, when we eat sugar it raises our blood sugar, and chronically high levels of sugar in the blood lead to the creation of the sugar bonds known as AGEs. Therefore it is very important to learn to recognize that there are many forms of sugar; in fact, the word “sugar” may or may not appear on the label at all. Look for: white sugar, cane sugar, brown sugar, confectioner’s sugar, invert sugar, raw sugar, beet sugar, turbinado sugar, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, dextrin, honey, maple, evaporated cane juice, malt, molasses, dextrose, fructose, sucrose, fruit juice concentrate, glucose, maltose.

2. Artificial colouring
Synthetic food dyes are unnecessary and are either toxic or are possible carcinogens, which means that they may promote cancer.

3. Aspartame and all
artificial sweeteners,
including saccharin
These are dangerous excitotoxins with many negative effects.

4. BHT and BHA
Used to preserve fats and oils. Studies indicate that they may be carcinogenic.

5. Brominated
vegetable oil (BVO)
Used in citrus flavoured sodas and banned in more than 100 countries. It has been linked to damage in the major organ systems. Apparently the FDA does not require that it be listed on labels—so avoid any citrus flavoured sodas(such as lemon or lime )as it is a good bet that BVO is included.

6. Carrageenan
Stabilizer and thickening agent; found in everything from ice cream to yogurt. May be a carcinogen and is linked to toxic hazards, including ulcers and cancer; In addition to suppressing immune function, carrageenan causes intestinal ulcers and inflammatory bowel disease in animals and some research indicates that carrageenan is associated with causing cancer in humans.

7. Partially hydrogenated vegetable oils
These are the infamous trans fats directly linked to heart disease. The FDA published a paper stating that if people in the US stopped eating trans fat there would be 30,000 to 100,000 less deaths per year from CHD. Trans fats are also linked to breast and colon cancer, atherosclerosis, elevated cholesterol, depressed immune system, and allergies.

8. Nitrates
Nitrates form powerful cancer-causing agents in stomach; are found in smoked foods such as deli foods, cured meats, bacon, hot dogs, pepperoni, sausage, etc.



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