Effects of Food Additives – Negative Impact on Weight Loss Diets

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First – You Must Fear Your Food
Why worry about your weight when you’re being methodically poisoned just by eating? Despite being a so-called model for the rest of the world when it comes to agriculture and food processing, the United States is probably the worst country when it comes to allowing its citizenry to be nonchalantly poisoned with additives, pesticides, herbicides, food dyes, genetically modified organisms, and other toxic substances in their food supply.

Japan, Australia and New Zealand, the Euro states, and a few other countries have wisely banned many harmful products commonly found in American foods. But neither are they completely guiltless when it comes to protecting their food supplies from profit-conscious Big Agra, Big Pharma, and Big Food Processors. And developing countries have often fallen prey to these Big Businesses and the harmful practices they have perfected in America.

The giant biotech company Monsanto is presently laying waste to Indian cotton farming with its genetically modified seed and expansive pesticide use. The use of their products has even been implicated in the large number of suicides amongst Indian cotton farmers. The farming practices have chemically injured the physical and mental processes of the farmers themselves and the costs of the biotech products used have run many farming families into bankruptcy. Think what they’re doing to food supplies from the farm to the factory to the grocery shelves.

Sugar-Free Sodas Are Not Fat-Free Nor Disease-Free
If you are relying on sugar substitutes to control your weight, you are a very poorly informed consumer. In fact, artificial sweeteners can actually increase your fat ratios and severely damage your health. You’re probably better off drinking the sugared drinks. Equal, Benevia, NutraTaste, and others are all made of aspartame which is metabolized in your body to both formaldehyde and wood alcohol. The former is used to embalm dead bodies and the latter is highly toxic.

Neither your liver nor your kidneys are equipped to rid your body of these nasty, unnatural substances. What’s more, the intake of artificial sweeteners can cause malfunctions in your biochemistry. So, if you drink diet sodas in an attempt to lose the pounds, they will actually double your obesity risk by stimulating your appetite, increase your carb cravings, and stimulate fat storage. So much for “Diet” Pepsi or Coke, or benefits from “sugar-free” sodas.

Heavy Metals In Our Heavy Humans
heavy-metals-waterBeing exposed to toxic, heavy metals is one of the banes of our modern lives. Most of us who live in developed and developing countries are exposed to high concentrations of these substances. Metals such as aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, copper, lead, nickel, and mercury are usually found in myriad food, household, personal care, industrial, and chemical products.

Once we’re exposed to them, the toxic metals are removed from our blood streams and stored in our tissue storage sites, such as fat, or our kidney and liver tissue, where they disrupt our biology and wreck our health. Because of their insinuation into our basic chemistry, they can be causal factors in just about any health problem, including weight control. Avoid what you can.

Just starting at the top of the alphabet these heavy metals can be found in antacids, aspirin, auto exhaust, baking powder, beer, bleached flour, cans, ceramics, cigarette filters, color additives, construction materials, cookware, cosmetics, dental fillings, deodorants, drinking water, dust, medicines, milk products, and nasal spray. So much for living in a safe, civilized world.

Weight Control Demands No HFCS, Refined Sugar, Fructose
Many food processors load their manufactured “food” products with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Though slightly less sweet than refined sugar, it is much more cheaply produced. If you live outside of America, you have probably heard the fact that two-thirds of Americans are overweight and at least a third of those are considered obese. Why? HFCS is put in practically every processed food an American consumer puts into his or her stomach – from sodas to bakery goods, from infant formulas to canned soups, and even beyond.

If you are concerned with controlling your weight as well as your health, you should shun foods with added refined sugars, especially HFCS, and even fructose. While eating fruit is probably good for you in moderation, remember that fruit is sweet for a reason and it can be fattening. If you want to really be in control of your health, you must look back to the millennia of our ancestors. They were hunter-gatherers and flourished on a diet that encompassed a great variety of foods, but they were simple and in a very-near natural state as they were consumed.

Bromine, Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), and On and On
It’s a known and researched fact that many additives, preservatives, and food colorants can cause behavioral changes and physical changes, including a proclivity to obesity, acne, and other problems. Bromine, often used in bakery goods and flours as a dough “conditioner”, and even found in nasal sprays and many sodas, contributes to the incidence of weight gain or obesity. Use of MSG, often associated with Chinese food and known as a flavor “enhancer” can lead to brain shrinkage and depression, neither of which are any help when trying to control your weight.

Maybe belaboring the issue, studies have found significant links between high-sugar diets and mental health problems such as depression and schizophrenia. A 2004 study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry found that a diet with high sugar content and starchy carbohydrates leads to excessive insulin release, which can lead to falling blood sugar levels causing your brain to secrete glutamate in levels that can cause agitation, depression, anger, anxiety, panic attacks and an increase in suicide risk. Just add those to your weight-control problem.

Approach Your Weight-Control Diet Sensibly
You will have to determine the best combination of carbs, proteins, and other nutrients for your particular physical type. Because of genetic make-up and your ancestry, you may require different proportions of each. At least pursue these five simple guidelines so that you’ll be eating healthy and consuming as few toxins as possible:

  • organic-foods-naturalEat foods that are natural, unprocessed, and organic (and contain no added sugar except for the occasional bit of honey or maple syrup). Eat fewer grain-sourced foods and avoid potatoes, non-fermented soy foods, and corn. Rice is probably best if you must.
  • Eat foods that grow in your native environment. Eat locally grown, seasonal foods. Certain fruits are only available at certain times. Eat them. Excess is eliminated due to their seasonal nature. Focus on vegetables and root and herbal foods.
  • Eat non-pasteurized dairy products (such as raw milk) if you can. Real active yogurt or kefir is excellent. Eat plenty of naturally fermented foods such as kim-chi or sauerkraut. Take a pro-biotic supplement to increase your healthy gut flora.
  • Eat at least one-third of your food raw. Even eat seafood, meat, and eggs raw if you know they’re safe from toxins and bacteria and raised organically or naturally.
  • Eat enough healthy fats, including those from animal sources like omega-3 fat from fish oil supplements or the like. Reduce intake of omega-6 from vegetable oils. It may fly in the face of old advice, but coconut and palm oils are best for cooking.

You’ll Find Weight Loss Easy – Keep It Simple
It won’t be a miracle and it won’t happen overnight – like all those pitiful diet plans promise. Following these simple rules and paying attention to an effective – even moderate – exercise routine, you will find that controlling your weight is the least of your worries. You will be able to pursue a happy, friendly, and love-filled life without constantly looking in the mirror. Worries about toxic food additives and poor health will vaporize right along with your pounds of excess flesh. Do research, read more to find the best, additive-free food plan for you. Keep it simple.

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Joyce Del Rosario

Joyce Del Rosario is a Filipino business and career blogger. She works at Open Colleges, one of the pioneers of Online education in Australia and one of the leading providers of diploma of management and small business courses.

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  1. Very informative article. Any way you look at it, weight loss needs to be achieved by eating unprocessed foods!

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