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5 Questionable Food Ingredients To Avoid

QUESTIONABLE FOOD INGREDIENTS TO AVOID High Fructose Corn Syrup HFGS) 5 WHAT IS IT? SYRUP HFCS is corn syrup that has undergone enzymatic processing ert some glucose to fructose. Glucose is processed as normal sugar. Not normally seen in high volumes; in high volumes, it causes Lipogenesis which converts sugars directly to fat in the liver."2, 3 Most HFCS used in food manufacturing is made to contain the same level of sweetness as the Sugar || HFCS equivalent amount of sugar for a lower price. SOURCES Sodas, sweetened juices or fruit-flavored drinks, sweetened tea, energy drinks, sweetened yogurt cereal Cookies, granola bars, cereals Bread and lunch meats Condiments, jelly, candy .“ POTENTIAL HEALTH RISKS High sugar intake of any kind has been linked to diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NASH)."3 Monosodium Glutamate MSG) WHAT IS IT? A flavor enhancer made from a sodium salt of Glutamic acid, a naturally occurring non-essential amino acid. MSG is not exactly the same as glutamate or glutamic acids found in food; it is bonded to a sodium. GLUTAMATE SODIUM GLUTAMATE Allows for faster absorption which can cause spikes of Glutamate in blood Plasma, because it is not bound to other amino acids like glutamic acid from protein in food. SOURCES Found in salty foods such as some packaged breakfast foods and frozen dinners, potato chips, Home Style Meals snack foods Snack Snack Noodle Soup Canned soups and broths, spice packets, soup packets Chicken SOUP 5, 6 Prepared sauces and Chinese food MAYO POTENTIAL HEALTH RISKS MSG IS CLASSIFIED AS AN EXCITOTOXIN May cause damage to areas of the brain not This neurotoxicity can lead to a variety of protected by the blood-brain barrier. chronic diseases and can have long term neurodegenerative effects, though more research on these (This is mostly a concern for young children with aspects need to be done. developing brains. When "eaten at There are some people who have immed customary levels," it is usually well tolerated by most adults). affects after MSG is consumed such as headaches, swelling, flushing. 6 THE FDA REQUIRES FOOD MANUFACTURERS USING. MSG IN FOOD. TO PUT IT. ON THE INGREDIENTS LABEL ÁS MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE Other types of glutamic acid salts exist and are used in flavorings or can be present in a wide variety of additives, including: Hydrolyzed vegetable protein, autolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed yeast, yeast extract, soy extracts, and protein isolate, which must be labeled with these specialized names even though they are not very familiar to the general public 5. 6 SOY YEAST EXTRACT SAUCE MSG CAN NO LONGER BE INCLUDED IN THE TERM "SPICES AND FLAVORINGS" However, the food additives "disodium inosinate" and "disodium The food industry also guanylate," are often used synonymously with MSG. uses the term "natural flavor" when glutamic acid is present (which is similar to MSG, only lacking the sodium ion). The FDA does not require disclosure of the specific components and amounts used in "natural flavor." 5 Aspartame WHAT IS IT? A non-nutritive sweetener which is a methyl ester of aspartic acid and phenylalanine (both naturally occurring amino acids). Metabolizes very quickly in small intestine into aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol." Asp MeOH Phe 200 SWEETER THAN TABLE SUGAR SOURCES Almost anything that's advertised as “sugar-free" such as diet sodas, gum, candy, yogurt and it is often blended with other sweeteners such as acesulfame-K to produce an overall taste more like sugar. 8. 9 SUGAR-FREE POTENTIAL HEALTH RISKS There is an abundance of conflicting research regarding the health hazards linked to heavy aspartame consumption, but light-moderate consumption has found little if no ill effects. While many studies have lacked validity, headaches seem to be the most reported effect of eating aspartame. Research into Aspartame's effects on 8, 9 humans is still ongoing today. Sodium Nitrite WHAT IS IT? NaNO2 Meat preserver (used to prevent meat from spoiling and/or growth of botulism). Inorganic compound with chemical make-up of NANO. When meat is cooked, sodium nitrite forms Nitrosamines which are carcinogenic. In the 1920s, U.S. regulations required that the amount of Sodium Nitrate be capped at 200 ppm. 69% As a result, there was a 69% drop in gastric cancer deaths. VITAMIN Subsequent studies showed ascorbic acid inhibits the growth of Nitrosamines. 10, 11 U.S. now requires 550 ppm ascorbic acid in meat sold. SOURCES Found in preserved meats (such as hot dogs, lunch meats, sausage, bacon, beef jerky, etc) and smoked or salted fish. POTENTIAL HEALTH RISKS Sodium nitrite There is an when used as a established link between Sodium Nitrite and COPD-related lung diseases and types preservative has been linked to triggering migraines. of cancer, 10, 11 Trans Fats WHAT IS IT? Trans fats are created during the industrial process of adding hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils to make them more solid at room temperature. Also known as “partially hydrogenated oils." Our bodies cannot properly digest trans fats in a timely manner. This causes a drop in good cholesterol (HDL) and raises bad cholesterol (LDL). 12, 13 SOURCES Fast food (though many companies have gone trans-fat free), fried food, anything with partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, such as baked goods, including croissants, breads, cookies. 12 CRISPY POTENTIAL HEALTH RISKS Increased consumption of trans fats can lead to increased chance of cardiovascular disease and complications such as heart attacks, obesity, diabetes, and certain forms of cancer. In 2013, FDA reclassified trans fats as "not generally recognized as safe." Many fast food restaurants have been required to share nutritional information on menus informing consumers of some nutritional content, such as calories, fat, carbs, and protein. 13, 14 CONCLUSION NUTRITION FACTS: TO AVOID THESE QUESTIONABLE INGREDIENTS, SHOP FOR MORE NATURAL FOODS, BECOME WELL-VERSED IN READING INGREDIENT LABELS AND MAKE MORE MEALS AT HOME. WHEN EATING OUT, IT IS NEXT TO IMPOSSIBLE TO AVOID NITRATES OR MSG, BUT BEING SELECTIVE IN YOUR CHOICES CAN KEEP THESE FROM CROSSING YOUR TASTE BUDS. MAKE IT A POINT TO IMPROVE YOUR DIETARY INTAKE BY EATING LESS PROCESSED FOODS. SOURCES RockwellNutrition 1. Trusted Ingredients for a Healthier You 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.

5 Questionable Food Ingredients To Avoid

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Processed food has been in the spotlight for a few years now. This infographic will help you understand which ingredients to stay away from and help you stay healthy.


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