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Slowing Your Weight Loss
There’s no question that illness and disease are becoming more and more widespread across the population…and younger and younger people are being affected. Although obesity is largely to blame, it’s not only the overweight who are affected. In addition, many people believe that food additives can make it harder to lose and maintain weight. Here are some of the most common additives to look out for.
1. Sodium Nitrate (also called Sodium Nitrite)
This is a preservative, coloring, and flavoring that is usually added to processed meats such as bacon, ham, hot dogs, deli meats, smoked fish, and corned beef. Studies have linked eating it to various types of cancer. It has also been known to increase water retention and bloating.
2. BHA and BHT
Butylated hydroxyanisole and butylated hydrozyttoluene are used to preserve many common household ‘pantry’ type foods. They are found in cereals, chewing gum, potato chips, and vegetable oils. They are oxidants, which form potentially cancer-causing reactive compounds in your body.
3. Propyl Gallate
This is another preservative, often used in conjunction with BHA and BHT. It is sometimes found in meat products, chicken soup base, and chewing gum. Animal studies have suggested that it could be linked to cancer.
4. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
MSG is an amino acid used as a flavor enhancer in soups, salad dressings, chips, frozen entrees, and restaurant food. Although amino acids aren’t harmful when they are part of a protein found in nature, MSG contains an isolated amino acid that causes reactions in the body when it is consumed without the others that usually accompany it. MSG can cause headaches and nausea, and animal studies link it to damaged nerve cells in the brains of infant mice.
5. Trans Fats
Trans fats are cause heart disease and increase fat storage. Restaurant foods and packaged snack foods are the biggest culprits.
Aspartame, sold as ‘Nutrasweet’ and ‘Equal,’ is a sweetener found in so-called diet foods such as low-calorie desserts, gelatins, drink mixes, and soda. It may cause cancer, headaches, and other neurological problems. Some people notice increased food cravings when ingesting any of the artificial sweeteners.
7. Food Colorings: Blue 1, 2; Red 3; Green 3; Yellow 6
Five food colorings still on the market are linked with cancer in animal testing. Blue 1 and 2 are found in beverages, candy, baked goods and pet food, and have been linked to cancer in mice. Red 3, typically used to dye cherries, fruit cocktail, candy, and baked goods, has been shown to cause thyroid tumors in rats. Green 3, added to many types of candy and beverages, has been linked to bladder cancer. The widely used yellow 6, added to beverages, sausage, gelatin, baked goods, and candy, has been linked to tumors of the adrenal gland and kidney.
8. Potassium Bromate
Potassium bromate is used as an additive to increase volume in some white flour, breads, and rolls. It is known to cause cancer in animals, and even small amounts in bread can create a risk for humans.
At the very least, you won’t look and perform your best and be your healthiest if you regularly put chemicals into your body that your body is just not designed to take in. Your body can process through these chemicals to a point, but if you overload it without putting in enough good things, it will eventually catch up to you. The foods that you consume most frequently are the first place to look, because anything you do habitually will affect you that much more.
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