We, as a nation, are constantly looking for diet saboteurs- foods that are the reason behind our expanding waistline, increasing cholesterol and blood pressure levels. But to find the culprits, we don’t have to look any further than our own kitchen cabinets. Every food item in a box or a can that you picked out to save yourself time, well that’s what’s killing you slowly.
5 Reasons Why You Need To Detox Your Kitchen Of Processed Foods Right Now
1. Soaked In Unhealthy Sugars-
If you actually knew the amount of sugar your favorite sweetened beverage is hiding- I am sure you will at least think twice before purchasing it. Most health experts will agree with the fact that commercially processed food filled with sugar is one of the main reason for the adult onset of diabetes. In fact, research shows that sugar plays a role in metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
Added processed sugars like sucrose or high fructose corn syrup have no nutrients- vitamins, minerals, enzymes or antioxidants. They are purely empty calories.
They are very bad for your oral health, because bacteria can feed on them since they are so easy to digest.
Processed foods are also the biggest source of high fructose corn syrup. From cereal to sodas, it is found in many chemically processed food items. It can lead to obesity, increase in triglycerides and diabetes. HFCS promotes overeating, because it does not suppress the hunger hormone- ghrelin. Plus, it is found in almost all low nutritious foods because they are one of the cheapest sweetners that exist in the industry.
2. Loaded with harmful ingredients-
Take a look at your food label. If you find most of them filled with unpronounceable ingredients, then it doesn’t belong in your body. Chemically processed foods are filled with preservatives, colorants, flavorings and other artificial ingredients.
Baked foods that you get at grocery store, along with chips, crackers and fried items are filled with synthetic trans fats that causes inflammation in the body. These can weaken your immune system, suppress the activity of enzymes that fight cancer, cause diabetes and heart disease.
The flavor enhancer, MSG, is an example of a dangerous artificial flavor enhancer. It is not just reserved for Chinese foods. It is actually found in almost all boxed dinners, salad dressings and more. MSG is an excitotoxin. It is a tasty killer which can cause damage to the brain. It has been linked to neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease and more. Consistently consuming MSG can lead to headaches, vision damage, obesity and depression.
Want more? Artificial colors like Red#40, or Blue #2 have been linked to cancer and behavioral defects. Preservatives that are used to make food pretty much immortal, for example Butylated hydroxyanisole, can affect your nervous system and even cause cancer. Benzoate, a preservative found in soft drinks, has been shown to cause hyperactivity in children.
3. They are meant to be addicting-
Sugar, for example, is highly addictive. Research shows that it is in fact more addictive than cocaine. Processed foods interfere with our body’s pleasure and reward center. It makes us hungrier, causes our blood sugar levels to spike and decline rapidly, and increase cravings. Also, constantly stimulating our brain with calorie rich food will make us desensitized, igniting cravings for food that are much more “tastier” and dangerous to get the same amount of pleasure. In other words, it basically causes us to indulge in excessive quantities of foods.
4. Low in fiber-
While being processed, many foods loose its fiber content. Fiber, especially soluble fiber, helps our system break down carbohydrates, and keep our blood sugar stabilized. It lowers our risk of heart disease and stroke. It promotes weight loss because it slows down the absorption process of carbohydrates which keeps us feeling full for longer periods of time. Plus, fiber helps keep our bowel movement smooth and regular.
5. Very high in Sodium-
Check the label of the canned and boxed food you picked up, and you will be mortified when you see how much sodium it’s hiding. Too much sodium can cause stroke, heart diseases and increase your blood pressure. Did you know that 75% of sodium, in case of most Americans, come from processed foods than table salt? An average American consumes 3,400 milligrams of sodium per day, when the daily recommended Sodium intake is just 1,500 milligrams. Sodium is sneaked in a wide variety of food items to enhance its flavor, texture and shelf life. But remember, it might increase the food’s shelf life, but it decreases yours.
Processed foods are just there to make the manufacturers profitable. By making yourself knowledgeable about the dangers of chemically processed foods, you will be more mindful the next time you go grocery shopping.
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