Eliminate These 3 Food Additives for Better Health

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  • April 26, 2013 7:04 pm

high-fructose-corn-syrup-250x150Food additives have become so common in our society that we sometimes do not take the time to read labels and learn what is really in our food and the detrimental effects it can have on our health.

We have identified three common food additives that you should avoid, along with a few healthy substitutes that taste just as great!

High Fructose Corn Syrup

High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a man made sweetener that is found in a wide range of processed foods, from ketchup and cereals to crackers and salad dressings. It also sweetens just about all of the regular soda Americans drink.

HFCS used in foods is chemically similar to table sugar (sucrose), which is 50 percent fructose. However, the fructose from HFCS requires more energy during digestion and soaks up our body’s natural energy source that is used to maintain the integrity of our intestinal lining. When the intestinal lining is comprised, this can lead to toxins and bacteria being transported to other parts of our body and causing inflammation and many other ailments.

Eat This Instead:

  • Food products containing pure cane sugar
  • non-GMO sweeteners such as agave nectar and coconut nectar

Hydrogenated Oils

Hydrogenated and partial-hydrogenated oils are oils that have been through a chemical process called hydrogenation where molecules of hydrogen have been combined with the oil.This hydrogenation process helps food stay shelf stable for very long periods of time. This may seem like a good idea, but the hydrogenated oils that you eat also cause many ill effects such as hardening of the arteries, elevated blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Eat This Instead:

  • Unrefined coconut oil
  • Non-hydrogenated shortening
  • Foods containing no hydrogenated or partial-hydrogenated oils

Sodium Nitrite and Sodium Nitrate

These are two closely-related chemicals are used to preserve meat and are readily converted to nitrosamines, which are associated with an increased risk of certain types of cancers. This chemical reaction occurs most readily at the high temperatures. In a 2007 analysis, The World Cancer Research Fund revealed that eating 1.8 ounces of processed meat every day increases your cancer risk by 20%.

They are found in cured meats, bacon, ham, salami, corned beef and hot dogs, pate, pickled pig’s feet, canned meat (Vienna sausages, deviled ham), smoked salmon, dried fish, and jerky.

Eat This Instead:

  • Nitrite and nitrate free meats
  • Organic meats

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