It is not always easy to eat healthfully even when we try. Many foods promoted as "Health Food", for example, "Sugar-Free" and full of additives that make them equally harmful. High fructose corn syrup, aspartame, and sodium senzoate are there man-made chemicals to avoid!

Some of the chemicals that are added to foods can damage our immune systems. Here are we discuss the 3 ingredients that you should completely avoid.

Have you ever have wondered Sodium Ferrocyanide is added to some boxes of kosher salts?. Or why there are so many added ingredients, including calcium sulfate and potassium sulfate, in a loaf of baked bread? Spend just a few minutes reading labels in the packaged food aisles of most grocery stores and you will see that things have gotten out of control with food additives.

For example, a delicious homemade bread can be made with six ingredients – flour, sugar, salt, yeast, water, and oil.  So, why does a typically packaged loaf of bread have two or three times as many ingredients; most with names that are nearly impossible to pronouns.

Ingredients that Compromise our Immune Systems

In most grocery stores it is very hard to find foods that are not full of chemicals designed to modified textures, enhance flavors, or increase the item’s self-life. Some of these chemicals added to processed foods can damage or gut and undermine our Immune systems. Here are three ingredients that you should completely avoid:

1.High Fructose Corn Syrup Health Risks

High Fructose Corn Syrup is an artificial form of sugar created from corn. It is used as a sweetener in foods including sodas, fruit juices, ketchup, cookies, candy, and jam. It is popular among food manufacturers because it is very inexpensive to make. It was originally thought to be a healthier alternative to table sugar because it does not produce the same increase in insulin. However, additional studies demonstrated that it is more harmful in many ways. Excessive consumption of high fructose corn syrup is a link to fatty liver disease, inflammation, and obesity. Recent research shows that this common food additive can damage the gut and suppress the immune systems. [1], [2]

2. Is Sodium Benzoate Safe to Eat?

Sodium Benzoate is a man-made preservative used to increase the shelf life of packaged goods and personal care products. It is an odorless and tasteless powder that is often added to soft drinks, margarine, salsas, maple syrups, pickles, jams, and jellies

Recent studies have shown that sodium benzoate may be harmful to the beneficial bacteria that live in our guts. By destroying good bacteria this preservative contributes to dysbiosis (gut imbalance), inflammation, and hindered immune function [3], [4]

3. Side effects of Aspartame

Most consumers know aspartame by its trade name Equal – the little blue packets use to sweeten coffee. As an artificial sweetener, it is also used in sodas, juices, flavored waters, light yogurt, nutrition bars, sugar-free puddings, chewing gum, sauces, syrups, and condiments.

Unfortunately, animal studies and the limited human studies suggest that aspartame communed at even recommended safe levels may cause oxidative stress, and damage to cell membrane integrity, potentially affecting a variety of cells and tissues and causing deregulation of cellular function, ultimately leading to chronic inflammation.[5] Chronic inflammation is known to negatively affect the immune systems.

Our bodies consist of a delicate balance of systems (For Example nervous system, circulatory system, digestive system) designed to work together harmoniously. When the systems are supported by good nutrition and the right habits the result is excellent health. I often write about ways to strengthen our immune function. After putting in such an effort to enhance our immune function systems, the last thing we want is to allow for a few harmful to undo our good work. Therefore, be careful and read labels when selecting foods for you and your family.

What Do You Think?

Do you believe these ingredients arts harmful as research suggests? Are there any products in your fridge or cupboards that contain them?

Sources

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4817078/

[2] https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180206140645.htm

[3] https://www.mdpi.com/2076-2607/7/10/383/htm

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30656592

[5] https://academic.oup.com/nutritionreviews/article/75/9/718/4101228

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