Top Harmful Food Ingredients

It is no secret that there are many harmful food ingredients that are being added to a wide variety of foods on supermarket shelves, sometimes in the sneakiest of places. A health-conscious person needs to be constantly vigilant to avoid ingesting these ingredients or putting them into the hands of their family members. Here are some of the top things you should be looking out for on your next shopping trip:

Artificial Sweeteners

Aspartame in particular is a hazardous artificial sweetener. It goes by the brand name Equal, and is often found in diet sodas and other diet or sugar free foods. There has been a wide controversy surrounding aspartame ever since it was approved by the FDA, amidst allegations of corruption and bribery on the part of those who were approving it! In later years evidence has appeared to link it to cancer and other adverse reactions. It could be lurking in diet or sugar free sodas, jello, sugar free gum, drink mixes, baking goods, table top sweeteners, cereal, breathmints, pudding, kool-aid, ice tea, chewable vitamins, toothpaste, and other items, so be aware when you are buying these things.

High Fructose Corn Syrup

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a highly-refined artificial sweetener which has gradually become the number one source of calories in America. It seems like no food item can be manufactured or sold in this country without the addition of high fructose corn syrup, it is that bad. Just go to your local grocery store and pick items off the shelf randomly. You will be shocked to discover how many contain high fructose corn syrup, and a large amount of it at that. HFCS contributes dramatically to weight gain, increases your LDL cholesterol levels, and contributes to the development of diabetes and tissue damage, among other harmful effects.

Monosodium Glutamate

Monosodium Glutamate, or MSG is often added to foods in order to give them more flavor. It is known as an excitotoxin, a substance which over-excites cells to the point of cellular damage or cell death. Studies have shown that regular consumption of MSG may result in depression, disorientation, eye damage, fatigue, headaches, and obesity. MSG also affects the neurological pathways of the brain that help to alert people when they are full, causing overeating.

Trans Fat

Trans fats are so bad for you that the government is now actually taking steps to eliminate them from our food sources, which is really saying something when you consider all the other things on this list that they’re letting through unopposed! It is used as a preservative to help extend the shelf life of various products. They can often be found in deep-fried fast foods and certain processed foods made with margarine or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, like chips, crackers, and even some baked goods. Check those items carefully for trans fat content. Numerous studies show that trans fat increases LDL cholesterol levels while decreasing HDL (“good”) cholesterol, increases risk of heart attacks, heart disease and strokes, and contributes to increased inflammation, diabetes and other health problems.