The top 10 ingredients to avoid

1. Artificial Colors are chemical compounds made from coal-tar derivatives to enhance color. Linked to allergic reactions, fatigue, asthma, skin rashes, hyperactivity and headaches.

2. Artificial Flavorings are cheap chemical mixtures that mimic natural flavors and are linked to allergic reactions, dermatitis, eczema, hyperactivity and asthma. They can also affect enzymes, RNA and thyroid.

3. Artificial Sweeteners include Acesulfame-K, Aspartame, Equal®, NutraSweet®, Saccharin, Sweet’n Low®, Sucralose, Splenda® & Sorbitol. These are highly-processed, chemically-derived, zero-calorie sweeteners found in diet foods and diet products to reduce calories per serving that can negatively impact metabolism. Some have been linked to cancer, headaches, dizziness and hallucinations.

4. Benzoate is a preservative and can also be listed as BHT, BHA or TBHQ. These are compounds that preserve fats and prevent them from becoming rancid and may result in hyperactivity, angiodema, asthma, rhinitis, dermatitis, tumors and urticarial. They can also affect estrogen balance and levels.

5. Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO) is a chemical that boosts flavor in many citric-based fruit and soft drinks that increases triglycerides and cholesterol. BVO can damage liver, testicles, thyroid, heart and kidneys.

6. High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is a cheap alternative to cane and beet sugar that is used to sustain freshness in baked goods. It mixes easily in beverages to keep them sweet. It can predispose the body to turn fructose into fat and it increases risk for type-2 diabetes, heart disease as well as stroke and cancer. Another problem with HFCS is that it isn’t easily metabolized by the liver.

7. MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) is a flavor enhancer used in lots of restaurant food, salad dressing, chips, frozen entrees, soups and many other processed foods. Eating food with MSG can actually stimulate appetite and cause headaches, nausea, weakness, wheezing, edema, change in heart rate, burning sensations and even difficulty breathing.

8. Olestra is an indigestible fat substitute used primarily in foods that are fried and baked which inhibits absorption of some nutrients. It has been linked to gastrointestinal disease, diarrhea, gas, cramps, bleeding and incontinence.

9. Shortening, Hydrogenated and Partially Hydrogenated Oils (palm, soybean and others). These are industrially created fats used in over 40,000 food products in the U.S. because they are cheaper than most other oils. They contain high levels of trans fats, which raise bad cholesterol and lower good cholesterol, contributing to higher risk of heart disease.

10. Sodium Nitrite and Nitrate is used to preserve, color and flavor cured meats and fish and is also used to prevent botulism. Nitrates can combine with chemicals in your stomach to form nitrosamine which is a carcinogen.

Are You Eating Azodicarbonamide?

If you are eating at Subway and many other fast food chains, you are eating Azodicarbonamide, the same chemical used in yoga mats and rubber in shoes. Most of the world has banned it, but our wonderful FDA (Forever Dumb Administration) allows it. Again, as I say all the time, look at the ingredients and if you can’t pronounce it or recognize it, then it is probably not good for you!

Here is more info and a petition to sign banning the use of azodicarbonamide in food.

Examiner.com: Azodicarbonamide: Another reason to avoid most bread

Food Babe Petition: Subway: Stop Using Dangerous Azodicarbonamide In Your Bread

Azodicarbonamide… an Additive in Bread… BEWARE!

It’s banned in most countries and The FDA (Forever Dumb Administration) allows food companies to use azodicarbonamide as a flour bleaching agent and dough conditioner.

From 2001: DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: We want to update you on the situation that’s taking place in Chicago. Folks that were evacuated because of this overturned tanker truck earlier this morning, they’re being allowed to return to homes and offices. This truck overturned and spilled a chemical (azodicarbonamide) that the fire department believes is a chemical that’s used in the production of rubber products. It’s not the kind of thing you want to breathe in, so they evacuated the area. They also shut down commuter trains and they also shut down the Dan Ryan Expressway.

Food Babe: Are You Eating This Ingredient Banned All Over The World?

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It’s used in rubber products and foods you may be eating.. #checkyourlabels