Foods That Kill…Dangers of Eating Processed Food

Processed food may look and taste good as well as making a busy life easier, but its very inclusion in our diet, will most certainly cut short our lifespan and vastly decrease our quality of life.

The reason processed foods are so toxic to us is because they contain ingredients like monosodium glutamate (MSG), trans-fats, refined sugar, salt, aspartame and wheat. They are added to foods because they are cheap and they make bad food taste good. They prolong shelf life and make the foods more addictive, which leads to overeating and dependency.

We already know how destructive wheat is to our health but let’s take a quick peek at the rest of the additives that turn our food into poison…

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

MSG is a flavour enhancer, added to many foods to make them taste delicious. It is also one of the most damaging food additives on the market.

MSG is not just added to cheap processed foods, it is widely used in restaurants and cafeterias, it can even be found in baby food.

It is most commonly known for being used in Chinese food. It is this inclusion of MSG which led to Chinese restaurant syndrome. Many people were finding after eating Chinese food they would get wheezy, have headaches, feel nausea and get many other uncomfortable ailments. This was found to be caused by MSG.

Dr Russell Blaylock, neurosurgeon and author of ‘Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, explains in his book that MSG overexcites the cells to the point of severe damage and can trigger or worsen learning disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and more.

MSG can be found in tinned, frozen and packaged foods. It is often used in stock cubes, even wheat-free ones. Also, many companies when reducing the salt content of processed foods add extra MSG, to keep it tasting palatable… so always read the label.

Refined Sugar

As you will no doubt be aware, white sugar has no nutritional value, it is simply a toxic sweetener, being linked with premature ageing and obesity. Having a similar effect to wheat on the brain, white sugar acts like an opiate, stimulating the appetite.

We have to remember the sole purpose of food is to provide our bodies with nourishment and fuel to stay alive. As refined sugar has no nutrients, it has no benefit being included in the diet.

White sugar is made by processing sugarcane (sugar beet). Ironically, sugar beet in its natural form is crammed with essential nutrients. Ever heard of molasses? This is the by-product of sugar refinement and is packed with essential nutrients, especially calcium, magnesium, iron and B vitamins and is therefore one to include in your cooking.

When you remove wheat from the diet the majority of white sugar will be removed, this is then further aided by the elimination of processed foods.

I for one still enjoy something sweet after a meal and have found desserts can still be enjoyed when made with unrefined sugar, honey or other natural, unrefined sweeteners, as long as they are eaten in accordance and their glycemic load is kept low. They will satisfy a sweet tooth and make the dining experience more pleasurable. Another bonus with homemade desserts is you are not tempted to overindulge them as they do not contain the ingredients that trigger bingeing, like shop bought desserts do.

Table Salt

The human body absolutely needs sodium (salt) to survive and thrive, but the refined version of table salt, the body does not need. Refined table salt has no redeeming health benefits and should be taken out of your diet today. It is linked with many diseases, especially those involving high blood pressure.

Most processed foods will be packed with refined table salt, especially snacks like crisps and salted nuts, and should be avoided where possible.

To supply your body with the sodium it needs and for flavouring your food, choose an unrefined rock or sea salt but preferably Himalayan rock salt.

Partially Hydrogenated Oil or Trans-Fats

Partially hydrogenated or trans-fats are vegetable oils that have been heated to such a degree that their element structure alters and thus becomes toxic to the body. They are found in margarines, low-fat spreads and many processed foods.

If a label tells you there is hydrogenated oil in the product, avoid it like the plague.

Aspartame

About 200 hundred times sweeter than sugar, aspartame is the artificial sweetener used in brands such as Equal, Nutrasweet and big brand diet drinks. In fact, aspartame can be found in over 900 consumable products.

Many assume aspartame is safe as a sugar alternative in diets, yet it has been proven to make people overeat. It has also been shown to be a neurotoxin that has metabolic, allergenic, fetal and carcinogenic effects. There have been 167 symptoms associated with it and is known to erode intelligence and affect short term memory.

Summary

There will be times when eating MSG, refined sugar and salt, and trans-fats will be unavoidable (dining out, eating at friends etc), but if you don’t cook with them, avoid them in drinks and in processed foods it will go a long way into cleaning it out of your system and removing the dangers they pose.
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