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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

You're Going To Eat What?!

Years ago, a young woman told me, "If you can't pronounce the food ingredients on the box, you probably don't want it in your body. And if there are over five ingredients, you probably don't want that either." I laughed at the time, but I don't any longer. I'm paying the price. 

We all know how to read normal ingredients. If they mean salt, just print "salt". Do we have to hide behind a list of Sodium-something or others? There's a reason and through a little online research, most people don't like what they read. 


If after reading a few of the findings below you begin thinking, well what can I eat? I always suggest, hit the dairy aisle, hit the veggie/fruit aisle, the grain section, and the meat aisle (if you eat meat). All the "stuff" in the middle is not always designed with your health in mind.

Sodium Aluminum Phosphate

You'll discover this in cookie, baking mixes, and cake mixes. Why? Because we couldn't imagine eating a pancake, cookie, or cake that's not filled with air. Yet our stomachs don't care if there is air in a food products.

In past years, they have accredited Alzheimer's with too much aluminum in our brains (among other things). Search your packaged food for the word "Aluminum." And if you believe this has always been in food, the items below were generally prepared from scratch in the past - not prepacked foods.

Some of the foods you'll find this ingredient are: microwave popcorn, salted snacks, hot cocoa mixes, coffee creamers, pickles and relish, flour tortillas, pizza crust, muffins, doughnuts, cookies, pancakes, waffles, cupcakes, cakes, baking mixes, brownies, pastries, corn bread, banana bread, carrot bread, dipping batter for fried foods.

Titanium Dioxide

Why? To keep the color of our food pretty. You'll find it in creamed soups, paint and you'll find it in sunscreen. Titanium Dioxide is an inorganic compound used in a range of body care products such makeup. It is extremely toxic if inhaled and last year the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety classified it as "possibly carcinogenic to humans." (Carcinogenic means cancerous). 

I understand that most agencies will say, "We really don't use that much." If they're not using that much, they don't need to use it at all.


Sodium Hydroxide

You may discover this in your toothpaste. Take a peek. And then know that Sodium Hydroxide is lye. Have you ever seen someone suffering from lye burns on their hands? 

Dipotassium Phosphate

A sequestrant and buffering agent that controls the acidity in many solutions. It is white grainy and very soluble in water. Also an industrial fertilizer that also helps control fungal diseases of some plants. (Found in coffee creamers).


Silicon Dioxide

Better known as "sand". You're eating sand. And the FDCA felt this was nutritious? I've eaten a lot of Silicon Dioxide.


Carrageenan

A food additive made from red seaweed. That sounds safe enough, doesn't it? There is good news and bad news. This product may help in preservation, but it also causes the same type of tissue inflammation that can irritate diabetes, Alzheimers, Parkinsons, cancer, heart disease, and inflammatory bowel disease. Read here for more information.

I will be adding to this post as time goes on. The world of preservatives and additives has become a fascinating topic.

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