Posted by: godswaytohealth | August 8, 2012

TOXIC FOODS, DRINKS AND ADDITIVES TO CUT OUT OF YOUR DIET

People that want to get healthy are striving to find information about which foods to eat and which ones to avoid. A good place to start is to avoid these which are common in the Standard American Diet (SAD – a very appropriate acronym indeed). 

  • Carrageenan. 

This ever-present additive is found in foods such as ice cream, half & half, cream, cottage cheese, chocolate milk, some hemp milks, rice milk, almond milk, soy milk, cheesecake, processed meats, hot dogs, frozen desserts, apple cider, jellies, prepared sauces, pies, puddings and baby “formulas.” It is in other processed foods, but it may not be listed on the label, because it is part of another ingredient. 

Just because seaweed is natural – does not mean it is a healthy food for human beings. The red seaweed from which carrageenan has been derived from – should be avoided. It isn’t worth the possibility of gastrointestinal disease or cancer.

  • Diet sodas and beverages sweetened with artificial chemicals. 

One of the more common dietary misconceptions in our society today is the idea that “DIET” beverages are somehow healthier than their sugar-sweetened beverages. Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal) saccharin (Sweet’N Low), and sucralose (Splenda) are among the more popular artificial sweeteners used in many diet sodas, juices, chewing gums, and other foods.

Artificial sweeteners are bad for your health, so if you want to protect yourself against chronic illness and toxicity it is best to stick with either raw sugars or natural sugar substitutes like pure stevia extract. In case you did not know, Aspartame literally converts to formaldehyde in the body and causes metabolic acidosis.

  • High-fructose corn syrup, called the silent killer. 

It is not really much of a secret anymore that HFCS, is a toxic sweetener that should be avoided, since it is linked to obesity, brain damage, low IQ and many more ailments. You need to learn to read labels because HFCS is included in many types of bread, cereals, and other seemingly harmless foods.

  • Most vegetable oils, including hydrogenated and ‘trans’ fat varieties. 

Many vegetables oils turn rancid quickly, which means they are toxic. Please get more information here at “The Health Wyze Report”.

Many vegetable oils contain high levels of omega-6 fatty acids which, apart from omega-3 fatty acids, can cause severe health problems like heart disease and cancer. Another reason is that many are also derived from genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), including canola, soy, and corn oils. These same oils are often hydrogenated as well, a process that turns them into heart-destroying solid oils. Avoiding these and sticking instead to healthy fats like organic butter from grass-fed cows, coconut oil, olive oil, grape seed oil and hemp oil will greatly improve your health and lower your risk of disease. 

  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG) 

Often hidden in foods under deceptive names is a pervasive salt chemical you will want to avoid that is linked to causing headaches, heart problems, brain damage, and other problems. 

  • Processed Salt. 

Which is added to just about everything these days, lacks the trace minerals normally present in sea and earth salts, which means it ends up robbing your body of these needed vital nutrients. Hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and stroke are just a few of the many conditions that can result from refined salt intake. Check out the following link for more information. The harmful effects of table salt. 

  • White bread, pasta, and other refined flour foods. 

They are cheap, plentiful, and come in hundreds of varieties. But white breads, pastas, and other foods made from refined flour are among the top health destroyers in America today. Not only are most white flour products carcinogenic because they are bleached and bromated, but they also lack vital nutrients that are stripped away during processing. Avoid them, and all processed wheat products if possible.

If you want to stay healthy, go back to the way our forefathers used to prepare and eat their food – naturally and unprocessed. If you are able grow your own that is great, if not, check out to see if there is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in your area  where you can buy fresh (organic) locally grown products.

Sources:

http://www.naturalnews.com

http://www.truthinlabeling.org/hiddensources.html

http://blog.charisholisticcenter.com/2010/07/28/read-your-labels-carrageenan-a-very-common-but-dangerous-additive.aspx

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