1) High Fructose Corn Syrup (HCFS)
Sadly, they are in anything that is commercially processed and store bought. HCFS may be listed under a different name in ingredients labels. They may be listed as 'corn syrup' or 'concentrated syrup'. HCFS is a cheap to manufacture and most food manufacturers love using this product to lower their cost. The downside of consuming products with HCFS are numerous e.g. diabetic risks, joint inflammation, endocrine disruption and digestive upset.
2) Food Dye and Coloring (FD&C)
We see this a lot in candies. It is very easy to recognize them on food/ ingredients label. It will be listed as FD&C with a number like #40 Blue Lake or #36 Red. Just like HCFS, FD & C is hard on our digestive system and can wreck havoc on your endocrine system.
Have you ever drink a diet soda or drinks that start or end with the word 'light' e.g. Crystal Light etc? Or use sugars like NutraSweet or Sweet & Low in your tea or coffee? You may think that you are trying to be good or healthy by choosing a lesser evil alternative. Unfortunately, those choices are costing more to your health than you would like. Aspartame is made up of three chemicals aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol. Collectively, they are known to cause chronic degenerative health conditions (source : www.mercola.com) such as MS, ALS, Parkinson's Disease, memory loss and more.
What Can You Do?
If you are suffering from chronic health conditions or have symptoms such as allergies, headaches, fatigue or brain fog, its time to reexamine what is in your kitchen pantry and refrigerator. Listed below are some simple changes that you can implement immediately :
1) Start reading food labels and avoid buying food that have one or all of the ingredients listed above. Your body will thank you in the long run.
2) Increase water intake.
3) Eat more vegetables than fruits. The more vegetables you eat, the more nutrients you are feeding your body. This will keep you feeling full longer and avoid the blood sugar crashes.
4) Examine your stress levels around meal times. Often we do not make good decisions over what we put in our bodies when we are stressed out. Eat meals without cell phone and television interruptions. Avoid arguing at dinner tables. Finally say a prayer or blessing for the food that is on your table.