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A Starter ‘Deal-Breaker’ List

If you’re relatively healthy, but aren’t sure which foods to avoid, here’s a list, of common ingredients you’re better off without:

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) — A commonly used sweetener in beverages, most sodas, juice drinks, and even condiments. Though marketed as safe because it comes from corn, more studies are showing the opposite. If you want to fast track your way into diabetes and weight gain, HFCS is the way to do it.

Hydrogenated/Partially hydrogenated Otis — These trans-fats are commonly found in margarine, sandwich spreads, and some cooking oils. Once marketed as healthier than saturated fats, it has turned out to be the opposite. Consumption of trans-fat leads to weight gain, coronary artery disease, and obesity. Meanwhile, saturated fats are now being shown to improve heart and brain health.

Sodium Nitrites/Nitrates — Ever wonder why certain processed or canned meats appear neon pink? It’s not just the artificial coloring—it’s also the preservatives doing that. Sodium nitrite is a preservative that confers the bright pink color to canned meats, and sodium nitrate is used for its antimicrobial properties. However, nitrites have been linked to certain cancers, heart disease, and neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s and Multiple Sclerosis.

Aspartame & MSG — Both these compounds are classified as excitatory neurotoxins, meaning they excite your brain cells to the point of death. Aspartame is an artificial sweetener and is found in soda, many sweet beverages, gum, candy, and sugar-free foods. [Tip: Beware of aspartame’s evil, more potent twin, Neotame]. MSG is a flavor enhancer and is commonly found in Asian foods, especially canned products, as well as chips and instant noodles.

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