Artificial Sweeteners

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ere are the most widely used (and toxic) artificial sweeteners on the market today. Artificial sweeteners are known to cause ADHD like symptoms and lug an extensive list of side effects. First, it’s important to be able to recognize artificial sweeteners on the labels of pre-packed and processed foods. Check all ingredient labels carefully for the following.

  • Aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet, NatraTaste Blue)
  • Sucralose (Splenda)
  • Acesulfame K (ACE K, Sunette, Equal Spoonful, Sweet One, Sweet ‘n Safe)
  • Saccharin (Sweet ‘N Low, Sweet Twin)
  • Xylitol, Sorbitol

My Recommendation:

  • Go thru your kitchen and remove all foods containing artificial sweetener.
  • Healthy substitutions are maple syrup, coconut sugar, stevia, fruit purees and raw honey.

 

Hydrogenated Or Partially Hydrogenated Oils

The U.S. population is being slowly poisoned by a single ingredient deliberately added to the human food supply! Hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. The World Health Organization tried to outlaw this ingredient decades ago. Hundreds of doctors, researchers and scientists have blatantly warned us about the detrimental health effects of this ingredient. This substance causes cancer, birth defects, ADHD, heart disease, depression, diabetes and many other fatal diseases. In fact, this substance causes a cell-by-cell failure of the human body by destroying the porosity and flexibility of healthy cell membranes. It’s like tearing your body down from the inside out.

The FDA Has banned Hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils and food companies will have to comply with the new regulations beginning June 18, 2018. Keep your eyes open until then.

  • Hydrogenated oils
  • Partially hydrogenated oils (POH)
  • Trans Fats
  • Trans Fatty Acids

Products That Contain Hydrogenated Oils

margarine, mayonnaise, cakes and cake mixes, gravies, chips, pretzels, doughnuts, crackers, most dips and sauces, chips, cookies, soft candies, processed cheese, canned soups and stews, most salad dressings, coffee creamer, french fries, most snack foods, muffins, some peanut butters, some cereals, granolas, some breads, pastries and puddings and fast foods.

My Recommendation:

  • Stay away from foods containing Hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils.
  • Remove all food containing Hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils immediately.


Food Dyes

Studies show that artificial colorings which are found in soda, fruit juices, and salad dressings, may contribute to behavioral problems in children and lead to a significant reduction in IQ. Animal studies have linked some food colorings to cancer. There are seven artificial food dyes approved for use in foods in the US. These dyes are created synthetically in several ways. Some dyes are created by burning coal tar and others are derived from petroleum byproducts like tartrazine and erythrosine.

Fact: The European Union requires foods with food dyes to come with a warning label and has banned many of the dyes still used in the US.

Watch out for these ones.

  • Blue #1
  • Blue #2
  • Red # 3
  • Red #40
  • Yellow #6
  • Yellow #5
  • Orange B
  • Green #3

My Recommendation:

  • Go thru your kitchen and identify and remove all foods containing synthetic food dyes.
  • Only purchase products that use real food as coloring (beets, carrots, turmeric, spinach, berries and etc)

 

BHA – BHT – TBHQ Preservative

Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) or Tertiary butylhydroquinone, (TBHQ). These are food additives that are used as a preservative to keep food from spoilage. BHA, BHT, and TBHQ can be found in butter, meats, chewing gum, snack foods, dehydrated potatoes, personal care products paints, varnishes and even beer. Shockingly these additives are approved by the FDA as safe for human consumption. However, they are proven carcinogens and can cause nausea, delirium, collapse, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and vomiting. There are also suggestions that it leads to hyperactivity in children as well as asthma, rhinitis, and dermatitis. It may also further aggravate ADHD symptoms and cause restlessness. Long term, high doses of BHA, BHT, and TBHQ in laboratory animals have shown a tendency for them to develop cancerous precursors in their stomachs, as well as cause DNA damage to them. It is also suggested that it may be responsible for affecting estrogen levels in women.

My Recommendation:

  • Don’t purchase products that contain these preservatives.
  • Remove any products containing these ingredients immediately.

 

Artificial Flavors

Artificial flavors are additives designed to mimic the taste of natural ingredients. They are used to make processed food taste good because processing removes much of the flavor. When you see “artificial flavors” on a food label, it could mean a single unnatural additive or a blend of hundreds of chemicals. Strawberry flavor, for example, contains 49 man-made chemical ingredients and the typical artificial butter flavor is made of 100 different man-made chemicals! They are typically found in processed and refined foods and are known to cause allergic and behavioral reactions.

Unfortunately, the FDA does not require flavor companies to disclose ingredients as long as all the ingredients have been deemed “Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS).” This protects the proprietary formulas of the companies that produce artificial flavors, but it allows for many chemicals to be hidden under the word flavor on the ingredients list.

My Recommendation:

  • Remove any products from your home that contain Artificial Flavors.

 

Sodium Nitrate/Sodium Nitrite

Sodium nitrate (or sodium nitrite) is used as a preservative, coloring, and flavoring in bacon, ham, hot dogs, lunch meats, corned beef, smoked fish and other processed meats. This ingredient, which sounds harmless, is actually highly carcinogenic once it enters the human digestive system. There, it forms a variety of nitrosamine compounds that enter the bloodstream and wreak havoc with a number of internal organs: the liver and pancreas in particular. Sodium nitrite is widely regarded as a toxic ingredient, and the USDA actually tried to ban this additive in the 1970’s but was vetoed by food manufacturers who complained they had no alternative for preserving packaged meat products. Why does the industry still use it? Simple: this chemical just happens to turn meats bright red. It’s actually a color fixer, and it makes old, dead meats appear fresh and vibrant.

According to the Cancer Prevention Coalition, three different studies have linked the consumption of hot dogs to childhood cancer. WebMD experts link nitrites as migraine triggers, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends restricting food additives such as nitrates from the diets of children with ADHD.

My Recommendation:

  • Don’t purchase products that contain Sodium Nitrate/Sodium Nitrite.
  • Most food brands offer a Sodium Nitrate/Sodium Nitrite free option.

 

High Fructose Corn Syrup

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a highly-refined artificial sweetener which has become the number one source of calories in America. It is found in almost all processed foods. HFCS packs on the pounds faster than any other ingredient increases your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels, and contributes to the development of diabetes and tissue damage, among other harmful effects.

Found in most processed foods, bread, candy, flavored yogurts, salad dressings, canned vegetables, cereals.

My Recommendation:

  • Choose brands that don’t use High Fructose Corn Syrup

 

Conclusion

So ask yourself, “why am I putting myself and my family at risk by eating processed food that contains deadly additives?” Does the convenience outweigh the serious health risk? You can avoid this headache by simply cooking all your meals from scratch. You will eliminate all the health risk that is associated with synthetic ingredients. You will feel and look better and possibly live a longer healthier life.

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