There are some ingredients in your food that are really toxic for your body. Since I don’t eat processed foods, only homemade from scratch, I don’t often have a need to look at the back cover of a particular product. However, this accidental bumping into the ingredient list of so-called natural, made me think how deceived we are as consumers. (I highly recommend reading this) The ingredient list contained several processed and unhealthy ingredients that shouldn’t ever be involved in the title “natural”.
4 Absolute Worst Ingredients in Your Food
1. High fructose corn syrup.
Where do I even start here? First of all, most high fructose corn syrup is made from genetically modified corn. Multiple studies have showed that consumption of HFCS is connected with a wide range of health problems. They include weight gain and obesity; hypertension and elevated “Bad” cholesterol levels. It’s especially destructive to your liver since everything we eat is processed by the liver. Recent studies have uncovered high levels of mercury in HFCS. This mercury intake can result in cerebral and nervous system damage – especially in babies and kids.
2. Soybean oil.
First of all, the vast majority of soy products in America are not health foods. Compared to the Asian culture, where people eat small amounts of whole non-GMO soybean products, our western food processors separate the soybean into two products—protein and oil which can never be called natural or safe. Dr. Kaayla Daniel, author of The Whole Soy Story (here) , points out thousands of studies linking soy to malnutrition, digestive distress, immune-system breakdown, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders and infertility—even cancer and heart disease.
Calcium propionate is a preservative used to delay the growth of mold, rope bacteria and other microorganisms in a variety of commercially processed foods. Any additives or preservatives of any kind could be dangerous. Calcium propionate preservative has been associated with allergic reactions in bakers as well as sleep problems and restlessness in children.
4. Ammonium sulfate.
It is an inorganic salt that occurs naturally near active volcanoes and is used commercially to nourish yeast and help bread rise. This compound is full of nitrogen, which is why it’s commonly used as fertilizer. Some of the affects of consuming ammonium sulfate is irritation to the gastrointestinal tract which includes diarrhea and naseua.
These are just few ingredients used in our every day food. It’s obviously not going to cause major problems if you consume these ingredients very rarely but overtime a constant intake of them and perpetual build up of toxins in our bodies will definitely have its effect on our health. If you still want your comfort food, take the time to make your own. At least you will be sure of all the ingredients you consume.