Dirty Dozen

January 16, 2010

Ever hear of the dirty dozen? 

Well according to fooddemocracy.com these are the 12 most pervasive and detrimental food additives and subtances you can eat. Yes, pervasive – meaning they are in more food products than you realize.  So while you may be eating one of your favorite meals or snacks, you are getting a lot more than you are bargaining for.

So what are they?  Here is what to look for in the ingredients portion of your food label.  If you notice any of these popping up, you may want to reconsider how much of this food you are going to put into your body.  The dirty dozen consists of refined sugar, artificial sweeteners, artificial colors, partially hydrogenated oil, monosodium glutamate (MSG), sodium nitrate/nitrite, caffeine, BHA & BHT, olestra, brominated vegetable oil (BVO), pesticides, and genetically modified organisms (GMO’s)

So here’s where you can start in taking charge of the subtances and additives you areputting into your body.  Look for them – you may be surpised to see how much they appear.  You may also question why they are used in the first place.

Well, the answer to that is they are convenient and portable for manufacturers.  They stay fresh for a long time due to all the preservatives.  The additives put into processed foods make them look and taste better.  Even though they contain unhealthy amounts of salt, fat and sugar – and a list of other things you most likely cannot pronounce.  But what they add for taste and preservation, may contribute to food allergies, side effects, increased weight gain, decreased absorption of minerals and vitamins, cancer and more.

So the choice is yours.  Do you want to be putting this into your body?  It is not regulation for manufacturers to refrain from using subtances and additives that may contribute to a decrease in your health over time.  It’s only regulated that they identify them. So here they are. Choose wisely!

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