If you value your health, don’t eat processed foods that contain these ingredients:
1. High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
HFCS is a sweetener made from corn starch and commonly found in soda and processed foods. A study conducted on 85 healthy people aged 18 to 40 by a nutritional biologist at the University of California showed that just after two weeks, people who consumed high amount of HFCS had significantly increased of heart disease risk factors in the blood (*).
2. Artificial colour, artificial flavor and preservative
In 1975 Feingold – a pediatric allergist claimed that artificial flavors, artificial colors and some preservatives can induce adverse behavioral effects in children. He advised that by adopting a diet free of these ingredients, many of the unsettling behavioral problems exhibited by the children labeled as hyperactive, or hyperkinetic will wane. Though his hypothesis seemed ludicrous at the time but it drew wide public attention and became an important source for researches to be conducted later on (**).
In 2007 a study examined food additives and hyperactive behavior in 3-year-old and 8/9-year-old children in the UK showed that artificial colours or a sodium benzoate preservative (or both) in the diet result in increased hyperactivity in children at these ages (***). After a public hearing, the committee concluded that the study was too insufficient to recommend warning labels for products containing artificial food colors. Unless and until we have more convincing evidence on this issue, it is better to avoid consuming food contains these ingredients.
3. Artificial trans-fats
Artificial trans-fats created in an industrial process called hydrogenation are the most harmful fat in the food supply.
Artificial trans-fats typically are used for fried and baked foods to give foods a desirable taste and texture. However, this type of fat raises your bad (LDL) cholesterol levels and lower your good (HDL) cholesterol levels which increases your risk of developing heart disease and stroke.
Fried foods, frozen pizzas, cakes, biscuits, spreads, …are examples of foods that may contain artificial trans-fats.
To reduce your intake of artificial trans-fats, choosing products that list trans fat 0g on the label and avoiding products that contain partially hydrogenated oil because it’s another name for artificial trans-fat.
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*Please do aware that all information on my site is not meant to take the place of advice by doctor, licensed dietician-nutritionist, psychologist or other licensed or registered professional.