5 Food Ingredients to STAY AWAY FROM! Checking labels is super simple and easy if you know what to look for. Below are the 5 toxic ingredients that you should stay away from, and might be surprised where they are hidden in foods and drinks. I could go on and on with toxic ingredients, but I wanted to stick with these specifics for food.
Tracy's Tip: 5 Feel Like Crap Foods to Avoid
1. High Fructose Corn Syrup
Found in many foods and drinks, especially juice, soda, breads and sweets
According to Dr. Hyman this is the most toxic substance out there that is Genetically modified, causes obesity, contains traces of mercury, destroys gut health, and causes the body to crave sugar even more!
2. BPA (Bis phenol-A)
Found in Canned Food and Drinks (as well as plastics, even shower curtain liners)
The worst being Canned tomatoes. The acid from the tomatoes leach the entire amount of toxins out of the can. Make sure to always buy BPA-Free cans (I will talk about in another post)
3. Natural Flavors & Artificial Flavors/Dyes
Found in so many foods and drinks!
I like to say that Gasoline is "natural." Meaning anything that comes from natural substances companies can use, so you might have no idea what it is. Of course artificial is a no-brainer. Food coloring has actually been linked to autism and ADHD, so get the kiddos off those dyes. There is no need for a cupcake to be green, or blue, or red. Hope about just cupcake color?!
Found in many milk substitutes like Almond and Coconut milk products, cottage cheese, deli meats and some flavored coconut water.
Sometimes we can't win! We are trying to be healthy and the industry puts another toxic ingredient in the food. This substance greatly affects the health of your thyroid. Some brands that do not have this toxin is Wegman's brand almond milk, Whole Food 365, some Organic Valley and Trader Joe's Brands).
5. Pesticides And GMO's (Genetically Modified Ingredients)
These chemicals are carcinogenic linking to disease and cancers. Buy Local FIRST! To check out the Dirty Dozen (12 foods you must buy organic) click here: http://tracystotalwellness.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-dirty-dozen.html
Look For Common Genetically modified foods: High Fructose corn Syrup, Aspartame, Corn, Soy, Wheat, Canola Oil, Peanuts, Zucchini, Yellow Summer Squash, Sugar Beets, Baby Foods, Mini Watermelons, Papaya, Alfalfa, Cotton, and many many more! Buy these organic or from a local farm.
To check out safe Non-Gmo foods click here: http://www.nongmoproject.org/find-non-gmo/search-participating-products/
Additional #6 MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) They are highly toxic that is found in Chinese foods, soups, and anything that needs a salty taste. These are starting to be removed from foods due to high toxicity...which is great!
(Resource: Dr. Hyman, Lara Adler)