The Three Deadly Ingredients You Can Find In The Grocery Aisle

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Usually, when you’re strolling down the bread aisle at your local grocery store you’re not thinking that poisonous ingredients could be lingering all around you. But this modern world that supplies us with meals that can be made faster than it takes for the oven to even preheat, and where food has become such a commodity for a capital gain, it is hard to know exactly what you’re eating.

For example, did you know that MSG, despite all the research that has come out that proves it can cause migraines and other neurological disorders, might still be masquerading in your food under other names like yeast extract or torula yeast?

Or have you heard that many Florida oranges are actually dipped in an artificial orange dye that has been banned for use in foods because it has been linked with causing cancer? A lot of ingredients are added to our favorite foods by the corporate food industry without us even knowing. It might sound scary, but it doesn’t have to be, if we just take a second to educate ourselves. Let’s start with the top three most dangerous ingredients that you might put in your mouth without knowing:

Sodium nitrite

This has been known to cause cancer without any doubt. There aren’t any juries out on this, one, sodium nitrite is a complete enemy to the cells in your body. It is usually found in processed meats like hot dogs, bacon and sausage because it gives meat a “healthy” red color. So over this holiday weekend remember how dangerous that American hot dog could be.

Hydrogenated Oils

Luckily these have recently gotten some bad press and have been labeled as “trans fats.” They have been found to cause heart disease more readily than any other fat out there. They are usually found in any processed, baked good out there, but also in crackers, margarine and anything else that wants to use a fat with a little longer shelf life.

Excitotoxins

This is the category for artificial flavorings like aspartame and monosodium glutamate. These chemicals have been found to directly harm nerve cells, overexciting them to the point that the cells start dying off. You’ll often find them in diet soda, canned soup, salad dressing, breakfast sausage, and even many manufactured vegetarian foods. Because of their effect on receptor nerves, they are often used to add flavor to foods that have been over-processed or had the life cooked out of them.

Hopefully you’ll be able to use this knowledge to your advantage the next time you’re in the grocery store or at a summer BBQ. The food you eat should make you live longer, not cut your life shorter.

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