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Ingredients to Avoid in Processed Foods_2010-08 _Aug_.pmd by pengxiang


									             Ingredients to Avoid in Processed Foods
While we all want to eat healthy and all-    Below is a guide of some ingredients you should avoid the next time you go on a
natural food all the time, it happens that   food run:
for one reason or the other, we have to
                                                          INGREDIENT                         WHY IT’S BAD FOR YOU
resort to eating something processed.
It could be the pizza for the lunch
                                               Artificial Colors:       chemical         Linked to allergic reactions, fatigue,
meeting you’re having at work, or the
                                               compounds made from coal-tar              asthma, skin rashes, hyperactivity
energy bar you had to eat rushing from
                                               derivatives to enhance color.             and headaches
one place to the next. Sometimes it’s
just a matter of time and energy, and
                                               Artificial Flavorings: cheap              Linked to allergic reactions,
not having enough of either to whip up
                                               chemical mixtures that mimic natural      dermatitis, eczema, hyperactivity and
something healthy. But how do you
                                               flavors                                   asthma; can affect your enzymes,
know when you’re eating more
                                                                                         RNA and thyroid
chemicals than actual food? They say
that if you’re grandma doesn’t recognize
                                               Artificial Sweeteners: highly-            Can negatively impact metabolism;
the ingredient, or it seems you need a
                                               processed, chemically-derived             some have been linked to cancer,
science degree to simply pronounce its
                                               zero-calorie sweeteners found in diet     dizziness, hallucinations and
name, you’re just stuffing yourself with
                                               products to reduce calories per           headaches
artificial flavorings and preservatives.

                                               Benzoate Preservatives (BHT,              May result in hyperactivity,
                                               BTA, TBHQ): compounds that                angiodema, asthma, rhinitis,
                                               preserve fats and prevent them from       dermatitis and tumors; can affect
                                               becoming rancid                           estrogen balance and levels

                                               Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO):           Increases triglycerides and
                                               chemical that boosts flavor in many       cholesterol; can damage liver,
                                               citric-based fruit softdrinks             testicles, thyroid, heart and kidneys

                                               High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS):          May predispose the body to turn
                                               cheap alternative to cane and beet        fructose into fat; increases risk for
                                               sugar; sustains freshness in baked        Type-2 diabetes, coronary heart
                                               goods; blends easily in beverages to      disease, stroke and cancer; isn’t
                                               maintain sweetness                        easily metabolized by the liver

                                               Monosodium Glutamate (MSG):               May stimulate appetite and cause
                                               flavor enhancer in restaurant food,       headaches, nausea, weakness,
                                               salad dressing, chips, frozen entrees     wheezing, edema, change in heart
                                               and soups                                 rate, burning sensation and difficulty

                                               Olestra: an indigestible fat substitute   Inhibits absorption of some nutrients;
                                               used primarily in foods that are fried    linked to gastrointestinal disease,
                                               and baked                                 diarrhea, gas, cramps, bleeding and

                                               Shortening, Hydrogenated and              Contain high levels of trans fats,
                                               Partially Hydrogenated Oils (palm,        which raise bad cholesterol and lower
                                               soybean and others): cheap and            good cholesterol, contributing to the
                                               industrially created fats used in more    risk of heart disease
                                               than 40,000 food products in the
                                               United States;

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