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7 Ingredients To Avoid When Buying Packaged Food

It's nearly impossible to avoid these 7 preservatives from packaged foods

When purchasing meals from the counter, keep in mind a simple logic: if the food may survive on the shelf for six months, the preservatives in it can easily endure in you for six months!

Look at a simple fruit fly. They are attracted to fruits and vegetables that are fresh and edible. When a fruit fly rejects those perfectly shaped shiny fruits, it is a sign that the fruit is coated with insecticides, pesticides, and even inedible fruit polish.

You can tell if your food has preservatives by checking how long it takes to decompose. The percentage of natural ingredients in a product Vs the amount of preservatives is also listed on the packaging, so be sure to read that before purchasing.

Below are 7 of the most harmful food additives and preservatives:

  1. Trans Fats: Whenever hydrogen is mixed with oil while food is being made, it affects the food's texture and makes it last longer. However, trans fats (hydrogenated oil) have been known to cause heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and strokes.
  2. Sodium Nitrate: Some studies suggest that consuming processed meats regularly, such as those high in sodium nitrate like canned tuna, sausages, and deli meat, could potentially lead to pancreatic cancer.
  3. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG): Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is a chemical that is derived from glutamate. It can be found in Chinese cuisine and processed foods. If you are sensitive to MSG, it may result in headaches, flushing, sweating, facial pressure or tightness, numbness/tingling/burning sensation in the face & neck area, rapid heart palpitations, chest pain, nausea ,and weakness.
  4. Artificial Food Colouring: Some of the most harmful food dyes used today are artificial colours such as Yellow # 5, Blue #1 and #2, Red Dye #3,Yellow #6 and Natural Green Color.
  5. High fructose corn syrup: Many people are unaware that high fructose corn syrup is found in common food items such as bread, cereal, and even cocktail peanuts. Not only is it present in a majority of sweets, but also frozen pizzas. Studies have linked this sugar to obesity and type 2 diabetes.
  6. Aspartame: Aspartame is an artificial sweetener that can be found in diet or sugar-free sodas, chewing gum, Jell-O, Kool-Aid, and even chewable vitamins. It's about 200 times sweeter than cane sugar and has been linked to higher blood glucose levels and anxiety.
  7. Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) and Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT): BHA and BHT are antioxidants added to foods to preserve them from changing color, flavor, or becoming rancid. It has the ability to impact the neurological system of the brain, alter behaviour, and possibly cause cancer. BHA and BHT are oxidants that produce cancer-causing reactive chemicals in your body.

The next time you're at the store, be on the lookout for these ingredients that are commonly found in packaged foods. Do your research to make sure you're only buying food that is safe and healthy for both you and your family.

Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Always consult with a healthcare professional before making any lifestyle changes.

Source: Nishteswar, Karra. “Ayurvedic Concept of Food and Nutrition.” Journal of Nutrition & Food Sciences, vol. 6, no. 4, OMICS Publishing Group, 2016.

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