Its sweet taste regardless to the caloric content, enhances your appetite , which leads to weight gain. Aspartame has been tested to have most profound effect in this regard but other artificial sweeteners are also not behind. Apart from that, it can also attack your brain-cells. Sucralose, a type of artificial sweetener can destroy 50 percent of friendly gut-bacteria. These health-demerits are huge from even SUGAR!
2. Synthetic Trans Fats
These are present in foods that contain partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, like fried foods, bakery items, crackers, and chips, just to name a few. Synthetic trans fats promotes inflammation in your body which is the root cause of almost all the chronic illness present. For example, according to a 2010 study on women (post-menopausal), who ate synthetic tranfat daily, had a higher incidence of ischemic strokes by 30 percent.
Synthetic trans fats have also been associated with:
- Decreased immune function: They reduce your immune response.
- Diabetes: They interfere with the insulin receptors in your cell membranes.
- Heart disease
- Problems with reproduction: They interfere with enzymes needed to produce sex hormones.
- Cancer: They interfere your body’s enzymes which prevent cancer.
3. Artificial Flavors
It simply means “danger” as its extracted from unnatural additives. For instance, diacetyl which is commonly present as butter flavoring in microwave popcorn. Study shows it can be damaging for your brain health and may trigger Alzheimer’s disease.
4. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
This is present in Chinese foods and all the junk food, you can comprehend. MSG overexcites your cells to point of damage, even death. It also cause brain dysfunction, and trigger or worsen learning disabilities, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease etc.MSG is 78 percent free glutamic acid; which is similar to neurotransmitter that your brain, pancreas, eyes, nervous system and other organs use to initiate certain bodily processes.
5. Artificial Colors
Every year, food manufacturers pour 15 million pounds of artificial food dyes into U.S. foods — and that amount only factors in eight different varieties. As of July 2010, most foods in the European Union that contain artificial food dyes were labeled with warning labels stating the food “may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.” The British government also asked that food manufacturers remove most artificial colors from foods back in 2009 due to health concerns.
Nine of the food dyes currently approved for use in the US are linked to health issues ranging from cancer and hyperactivity to allergy-like reactions — and these results were from studies conducted by the chemical industry itself. Red cause hyperactivity in children and accelerate the appearance of immune system tumors in mice.
Blue color present in pet foods, beverages, candies etc. was associated to brain tumors. While yellow food color, used in cereal, candies, baked goods etc. is not just contaminated with several cancer-causing chemicals, but it is also connected with behavioral effects, hypersensitivity, hyperactivity in kids.
6. High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
Fructose is only read by liver, which has same damaging effect on liver as ALCOHOL.
It just gets stored in your fat cells, which leads to mitochondrial malfunction, obesity and obesity-related diseases. I advise keeping your TOTAL fructose consumption below 25 grams per day.
Preservatives lengthen the shelf-life of foods, increasing manufacturers’ profits – at your expense, since most are linked to health problems such as cancer, allergic reactions and more.
This blog is to educate you about the toxins you eat every day in the name of food.
By Syeda Kiran Zahra Hussain
Certified Health Coach / Nutrition Therapist,