Every human being is the author of his own health or disease. Today 95% of all chronic diseases is caused by the wrong food choices and toxic food ingredients. By sacrificing health you cannot enjoy your wealth. So it is important that you choose the right to keep you right. This post is to create an awareness about the hidden killers present in the commonly consumed products and to help you choose the best products.
Read the labels
As a consumer, one needs to know everything about the food, it’s nutritional content, best before date, ingredients, etc before you consume it. This is where food labels come in. It will help you and your family make healthy choices about the foods you are buying. If you are not interested to read the whole label at least make time to read the nutritional information and ingredients.
Ingredients are the substances added to food which includes vegetables, spices, oils and other chemical substances like preservatives, flavours, additives, etc. Over the last few decades, the number of chemicals added to foods and other products has skyrocketed. Chemical preservatives are added to foods to keep them fresh. We add chemicals to foods to make them look more appealing.… the list goes on and on the ways through which we eat chemicals in our daily diet without our knowledge.
Almost all the packaged foods have added chemicals in it. From infant formulas, milk, milk powders, horlicks, boost, complan,etc pastas, noodles, spices, chocolates, biscuits, juices both bottled fruit juices and soft drinks, sodas, jams, sauces, etc have added chemicals in the form of preservatives, flavours, coloring agents, acidity regulators, etc. All these chemicals are silent killers. They are responsible for causing cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease and even more deadly diseases.
Reading your food label helps you to know the ingredients which are added to your food. Take a look in your kitchen and check out the ingredients list in some of your foods. Here are some of the worst ingredients that are added to many foods that you should look out for and avoid:
- Partially hydrogenated/Hydrogenated oil/fat
- Brominated vegetable oil
- Palm oil
- Sodium nitrate/ sodium nitrite
- Sodium benzoate
- BHA & BHT
- Xanthum gum
- Guar gum
- Phosphoric acid (harmful substances added to make soda bubbly)
- High fructose corn syrup
- Yeast extract
- Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
- Soy, corn & canola (non-organic)
- Artificial preservatives
- Artificial colours
- Artificial flavors
- Artificial sweeteners
- Artificial thickeners and binders
- Artificial emulsifiers
This is the list of few top most poisonous chemicals which are added to the commonly consumed foods. When you start reading the food label you will be shocked to know how many chemicals we are eating unknowingly.
Not only these harmful substances, but also the adulterants that are added to the foods will also be understood if you start reading your food label. For example, if you read the food label of a honey you will know that it has added sugar syrup or rice syrup in it and in whole wheat flour you will be shocked to know that it has few percent of maida in it.
You have to check out the labels of tooth paste, shampoo and other cosmetics because they have direct contact with our skin and hence there are chances of getting penetrated. Among these tooth paste is most important because it has direct oral route. There are so many toothpaste in the market which have toxic ingredients in it. Rush to your bathroom and check for these toxic ingredients in your toothpastes. If you find anyone among these throw it in the trash and choose the one which doesn’t have it.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
- Propylene Glycol
- Artificial sweeteners
- Artificial colors
- Artificial flavors
Reading nutritional information can help you limit the amount of fat, sugar and cholesterol in your diet by making it easy for you to compare one food item with another and choose the one with lower amounts.
First thing to note is to know the serving size for which the nutrition facts is been given. In most of the food packs if you notice they would have mentioned for 100g but the food pack maybe more than that say 200g. So based upon the net weight you have to convert the nutrients to know the exact nutrition present in that pack.
In nutrition aspects you need to be cautious about fat, sodium and sugars. If the food has more amount of saturated or trans fat or cholesterol please do not consume it. Fat, especially trans fat is the first enemy to your body which can cause cancer, heart disease and many more. Next comes sodium and sugar. WHO have recommends that the normal adult can consume less than 5g of sodium per day. If you notice that most of the Indian savouries and packed chips, will have the sodium content more than this. When you consume this high amount of sodium then you will be prone to hypertension, heart disease, renal diseasee, etc. High Sugar in the diet not only causes diabetes but also high blood pressure, inflammation, obesity, heart disease, liver disease, etc.
A healthy food will have more of protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals and less of fat, sugar and sodium. Next time when you buy a food products please do check these nutrients and consume it.
Healthy food choices
Fresh foods like fruits, vegetables from farm, fresh cut meat and seafood which has no preservatives or added chemicals in it are always the healthiest form of food. A real food must allow living species to grow. For example, if you take vegetables and non-vegetarian foods after few days it will get spoiled it is because of the growth of microorganisms and similarly you can see houseflies around your fruits and bugs in rice & pulses. But whereas if you leave any packaged foods like chips, etc on your table for days, you can neither see any changes to its nature nor any living species around it. When those microorganisms itself aren’t interested to eat those slow poisonsous foods why would you want to eat????
Eat those foods which came from a plant and not made in a plant
Start reading the ingredient labels when grocery shopping to take control of your diet and determine what’s really being added to your favorite foods.
Additionally, try cutting back on processed and packaged foods and incorporating more fresh foods into your diet to minimize your intake of food additives.
And finally it is you who have to choose what you want to eat. If you choose right you will be right, if not be ready to face the health consequences.
Eat healthy to live healthy!!!