Nine Reasons to Avoid Processed Food

From Yahoo’s Healthy Living site today:

Ingredient Why it is Used Why it is Bad
Artificial Colors Chemical compounds made from coal-tar derivatives to enhance color. Linked to allergic reactions, fatigue, asthma, skin rashes, hyperactivity and headaches.
Artificial Flavorings Cheap chemical mixtures that mimic natural flavors. Linked to allergic reactions, dermatitis, eczema, hyperactivity and asthmaCan affect enzymes, RNA and thyroid.
Artificial Sweeteners
(Acesulfame-K, Aspartame, Equal®, NutraSweet®,  Saccharin, Sweet’n Low®, Sucralose, Splenda® & Sorbitol)
Highly-processed, chemically-derived, zero-calorie sweeteners found in diet foods and diet products to reduce calories per serving. Can negatively impact metabolismSome have been linked to cancer, dizziness hallucinations and headaches.
Benzoate Preservatives(BHT, BHA, TBHQ) Compounds that preserve fats and prevent them from becoming rancid. May result in hyperactivity, angiodema,  asthma, rhinitis, dermatitis, tumors and  urticariaCan affect estrogen balance and levels.
Brominated Vegetable Oil(BVO) Chemical that boosts flavor in many citric-based fruit and soft drinks. Increases triglycerides and cholesterolCan damage liver, testicles, thyroid, heart and kidneys.
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Cheap alternative to cane and beet sugarSustains freshness in baked goodsBlends easily in beverages to maintain sweetness. May predispose the body to turn fructose into fatIncreases risk for Type-2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke and cancerIsn’t easily metabolized by the liver.
MSG(Monosodium Glutamate) Flavor enhancer in restaurant food, salad dressing, chips, frozen entrees, soups and other foods. May stimulate appetite and cause headaches, nausea, weakness, wheezing, edema, change in heart rate, burning sensations and difficulty in breathing.
Olestra An indigestible fat substitute used primarily in foods that are fried and baked. Inhibits absorption of some nutrientsLinked to gastrointestinal disease, diarrhea, gas, cramps, bleeding and incontinence.
Shortening, Hydrogenated and Partially Hydrogenated Oils
(Palm, Soybean and others)
Industrially created fats used in more than 40,000 food products in the U.S.Cheaper than most other oils. Contain high levels of trans fats, which raise bad cholesterol and lower good cholesterol, contributing to risk of heart disease.

One response to “Nine Reasons to Avoid Processed Food

  1. Ick! Yuk! And we call this food, eh?

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