These days, it’s really no secret just how bad processed foods are for your body. With all of the recent scientific studies, the news of the dangers are circulating the online as well as offline worlds.
Even with the realization of the harmful effects of processed foods, the vast majority of Americans are still eating them on a daily basis.
Because of the convenience of foods like this, most cannot – or don’t know they should – make the switch to healthier choices that take time to prepare and cook.
Most of these foods contain one or more of five ingredients that make them so harmful to our health. Learning more about them may help you make the decision to remove processed foods from your diet, no matter the cost of your time and money.
First, let’s look at Trans Fats. These are unsaturated fats that may also be called monounsaturated or polyunsaturated. While it is good to have some fats in your diet, trans fats are definitely not the good kind!
They are linked to so many diseases that kill humans each and every day, including heart disease, cancer, and issues with digestion.
If kids take in too much trans fat, they may exhibit problems with learning, delayed growth, and skin issues.
Next, there is High Fructose Corn Syrup. This may very well be the most widespread harmful ingredient.
It’s cheaper than regular sugar and other flavoring additives, which is why so many companies use it in their products. HFCS harms your body by raising cholesterol and triglycerides levels soon after eating foods containing it.
A study was done a few years ago that found the majority of obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes cases were due to high fructose corn syrup.
If HFCS isn’t bad enough for you, when manufacturers use white sugar, it can be even more dangerous to your body.
It can cause harm to your body’s immune system, making it difficult to fight colds and infections. There’s also been evidence that it raising your risk for cancer.
Most people consume sugar on a daily basis – with the average yearly consumption being 197 pounds of sugar – and never stop to consider how harmful it can be!
Artifical Sweeteners are yet another dangerous additive found in many processed foods. Some people seek out products containing this ingredient, thinking it is better than sugar or corn syrup.
In truth, it’s not really any better at all. They can make it difficult to control your weight – isn’t that a slap in the face to those who drink Diet Coke every day? – because they make you feel hunger even when you may not really need food.
Sweeteners also tend to create cravings for carbs, which most do know aren’t the best choices for you.
Finally, we round out the list with Monosodium Glutamate (MSG). This is found in a lot of canned soups and Chinese dishes. It’s a concentrated salt that can cause damage to the cells in your body.
MSG is called many things on food labels, such as casein, gelatin, broth, malted barley, and rice syrup. The additive can also cause vision problems.
There you have it. Five of the deadliest ingredients in our processed foods. Now that you know more about the dangers of consuming such food, it’s highly recommended that you get to cleaning out the kitchen!