Cleaner Foods to Thrive...

Uncategorized Jul 09, 2018

Why should we avoid food chemicals, food additives, and food preservatives?

Additives such as flavors, colors, sweeteners, and hydrogenated oils, emulsifiers, and other additives have been used for many years in the American food industry.  

They are added to improve the appearance, flavor, packaging, processing, and shipping of the food we eat on a daily basis.

Your detoxing machine...

The human body is a detoxing machine, but the current volume of food additives is creating toxicity within the human body that results in inflammation and leads to headaches, skin disorders, and many, many more symptoms.

It's up to your liver to address this, your liver is an amazingly strong organ, but it's important you give it detoxification power using whole-food nutrients. 

Food for thought...

How much of your current food budget are you spending on processed and packaged food and more importantly, what does the ingredients list say for these products?

All packaged food is not bad, but finding the ones with cleaner ingredients should be at the top of your list to create a body that thrives! 

Top offenders to look out for on ingredients lists include:

  1. High Fructose Corn Syrup

    It's in everything and it's linked to weight gain, sweet cravings, and may lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Look for this in ketchup, BBQ sauce, mustard, canned foods, frozen foods, granola bars and other snack foods, and yes even yogurt. Basically, anything with a package. 
  2. Hydrogenated Oils or Trans fats (modified vegetable oil, hydrogenated vegetable oil)

    Think chips, cookies, brownies, popcorn. Anything that is a baked good and sitting on a shelf will more than likely be loaded with hydrogenated oils. This is a man-made oil that is highly inflammatory for the human body. 

  3. Artificial Sweeteners (aspartame, saccharin, neotame, sucralose)

    These guys do not raise your blood sugar, yet, they are also extremely inflammatory for your esophagus, stomach, and intestinal tissues. Artificial sweeteners is linked to insulin resistance, and diabetes. They are also 600-800 times sweeter than sugar, which means your taste buds become hyper-sweet. Having hyper-sweet taste buds makes it difficult to enjoy fresh fruit or vegetables as fruit is not sweet enough and vegetables taste bitter. 

  4. 4. Food Dyes (red 40, yellow 5, and yellow 6 are the most common used)

    It's amazing how much food coloring you will find in your food once you start reading ingredients lists. Of course it's used to make the food pretty, yet they are linked to hyperactivity in children who consume them. 
  5. Soy Protein Isolate

    Soy is healthy, right? Well not this form of soy. It's just what the names says, it's when they isolate just the protein of soy. It's heavily processed and is linked to nutrient deficiencies. 

 

One simple strategy...

One simple but powerful strategy to drastically reduce your chemical overload is by buying most of your food from the perimeter of the grocery store. This is where you find the fresh produce, meat, fish, and dairy.

When shopping in the inner aisles of the store, it’s important to read the ingredients list. A simple rules-of-thumb is that if you cannot pronounce the ingredients, put the product back on the shelf and find an alternative. Also, it’s generally true that the fewer ingredients listed, the cleaner the food.  

A great example is peanut butter. Next time you are in the grocery store, look at the ingredients list of a natural peanut butter label, it will say peanuts and salt. If you grind a peanut, you get the butter.

Now compare that to a name brand shelf-stable peanut butter, and you’ll find the ingredient list is much longer and loaded with hydrogenated oil to extend its shelf-life and so you don’t have to stir it before use.  Save your arteries the unhealthy hydrogenated oils and stir your peanut butter.

It’s these types of simple decisions that come from reading ingredient lists that can set you up for a healthier, less toxic body.    

You can do this, just take it one baby step at a time and start with eliminating these ingredients from the food you are currently buying and eating. 

 


If you want personalized guidance to implement any of these strategies for your lifestyle, call my office at 970-444-2121 or email me at [email protected], to book a one on one coaching call with me. We will simplify your starting steps to a younger, healthier you! 

 

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