Dangerous Food Choices
We are often aware of the dangers that lurk in our groceries and products, but have no idea how to go about changing them. We have highlighted some of these dangerous food choices and have also look at a solution to the problem.
High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
Fructose is often claimed to be no worse for you than sugar, but that is certainly not the case. It’s primarily metabolised by the liver, because your liver is the only organ that has the transporter for it. Like alcohol, all fructose is metabolised directly into fat and get stored in your fat cells, which leads to obesity and causes obesity-related diseases. Keep your total fructose consumption below 25 grams per day, which in this day and age is very difficult to do if you eat processed foods, but it is recommended to consume less than 15g per day. That’s not much you might say, but an average can of cool drink contains around 40g of sugar, at least half of which is fructose, so just one can would exceed your daily limit.
Past research found that sucralose can destroy up to 50 percent of your beneficial gut flora. (Centre for Science in the Public Interest “Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks”) While you certainly don’t want to overdo it on sugar, there’s little doubt that artificial sweeteners can be even worse for your health than sugar or even fructose.
Synthetic Trans Fats
Synthetic trans fats, found in margarine, vegetable shortening, and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, are known to promote inflammation, which is a hallmark of most chronic and/or serious diseases.
Artificial Food Dyes
Originally made for coal tar, they are now made from an unrefined fuel source – petroleum! What’s worse is that manufacturers claim that these artificial additives enhance flavour, texture and appearance as well as extend shelf life. Two dyes known as Red 40 and Yellow 5,6 contains benzene, a known carcinogen, and while there is a mountain of evidence that it causes cancer and hyperactivity in children, authorities continue to allow the use of this chemical in our foods.
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