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back of his head. In the end he died at a hospital after a long illness,
going out like all the average nobodies he once pitied.
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(NaturalNews) Ever wonder what's really in the food sold at
grocery stores around the world? People keep asking me, "What
ingredients should I avoid?" So I put together a short list that covers
all the most toxic and disease-promoting ingredients in the food supply.
These are the substances causing cancer, diabetes, heart disease and
leading to tens of billions of dollars in unnecessary health care costs
across America (and around the world).
If you want to stay healthy and out of the hospital, read ingredients labels and make sure you avoid all these ingredients:
Acrylamides - Toxic, cancer-causing chemicals formed in foods when carbohydrates
are exposed to high heat (baking, frying, grilling). They're present in
everything from bread crusts to snack chips, and because they aren't
intentional ingredients, acrylamides do NOT have to be listed on labels.
Autolyzed Proteins - Highly processed form of protein containing free glutamate and used to mimic the taste-enhancer chemical MSG.
BPA (Bisphenol-A) - A hormone mimicking chemical found in nearly all food packaging plastics. Active in just parts per billion,
BPA promotes cancer, infertility and hormone disorders. It also
"feminizes" males, promoting male breast growth and hormone disruption (http://www.naturalnews.com/032860_BPA_feminization.html).
- Milk proteins. Hilariously, this is widely used in "soy cheese"
products that claim to be alternatives to cow's milk. Nearly all of them
are made with cow's milk proteins.
- FD&C Red #40, for example, is linked to behavioral disorders in
children. Nearly all artificial food colors are derived from petroleum, and many are contaminated with aluminum.
Genetically Modified Ingredients
- Not currently listed on the label because the GMO industry (Monsanto
and DuPont) absolutely does not want people to know which foods contain
GMOs. Nearly all conventionally grown corn, soy and cotton are GMOs.
They're linked to severe infertility problems and may even cause the
bacteria in your body to produce and release a pesticide in your own gut. If you're not eating organic corn, you're definitely eating GMO corn. (http://www.naturalnews.com/026426_GMO_food_GMOs.html) Learn more at www.ResponsibleTechnology.org or watch my GMO music video (hilarious) at www.NaturalNews.com/NoGMO
High Fructose Corn Syrup - A highly processed liquid sugar extracted with the chemical solvent glutaraldehyde and frequently contaminated with mercury (http://www.naturalnews.com/032948_high_fructose_corn_syrup_glutaralde...).
It's also linked to diabetes, obesity and mood disorders. Used in
thousands of grocery items, including things you wouldn't suspect like
pizza sauce and salad dressings.
Hydrochloride - When you see anything hydrochloride, such as Pyridoxine Hydrochloride or Thiamin Hydrochloride, those are chemical forms of B vitamins
that companies add to their products to be able to claim higher RDA
values of vitamins. But these are synthetic, chemical forms of vitamins,
not real vitamins from foods or plants. Nutritionally, they are
near-useless and may actually be bad for you. Also watch out for niacinamide and cyanocobalamin (synthetic vitamin B-12). (http://www.naturalnews.com/032766_cyanocobalamin_vitamin_B-12.html)
Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
- A highly processed form of (usually) soy protein that's processed to
bring out the free glutamate (MSG). Use as a taste enhancer.
Partially Hydrogenated Oils - Oils that are modified using a chemical catalyst to make them stable at room temperature. This creates trans fatty acids and greatly increases the risk of blocked arteries (http://www.naturalnews.com/027445_fat_fats_trans.html).
It also promotes what I call "sludge blood," which is thick, viscous
blood that's hard to pump. This is usually diagnosed by doctors as "high
blood pressure" and (stupidly) treated with blood-thinning medications
that are technically the same chemicals as rat poison (warfarin) (http://www.naturalnews.com/023149_drug_drugs_pharmas.html).
- The processed white salt lacking in trace minerals. In the holistic
nutrition industry, we call it "death salt" because it promotes disease
and death. Real salt, on the other hand, such as "dirty" sea salt or
pink Himalayan salt, is loaded with the trace minerals that prevent
disease, such as selenium (cancer), chromium (diabetes) and zinc
(infectious disease). Much like with bread and sugar, white salt
is terrible for your health. And don't be fooled by claims of "sea salt"
in grocery stores. All salt came from the sea if you go far back enough
in geologic time, so they can slap the "sea salt" claim on ANY salt!
- A cancer-causing red coloring chemical added to bacon, hot dogs,
sausage, beef jerky, ham, lunch meats, pepperoni and nearly all
processed meats. Strongly linked to brain tumors, pancreatic cancers and
colon cancers (http://www.naturalnews.com/007024.html).
The USDA once tried to ban it from the food supply but was
out-maneuvered by the meat industry, which now dominates USDA
regulations. Sodium nitrite is a complete poison used to make meats look
fresh. Countless children die of cancer each year from sodium
Soy Protein - The No. 1 protein
source used in "protein bars," including many bars widely consumed by
bodybuilders. Soy protein is the "junk protein" of the food industry.
It's made from genetically modified soybeans (often grown in China) and
then subjected to hexane, a chemical solvent (http://www.naturalnews.com/026303_soy_protein_hexane.html) that can literally explode.
- The bleached, nutritionally-deficient byproduct of cane processing.
During sugar cane processing, nearly all the minerals and vitamins end
up in the blackstrap molasses that's usually fed to farm animals.
(Blackstrap molasses is actually the "good" part of sugar cane juice.)
Molasses is often fed to farm animals because every rancher knows that
farm animals need good nutrition to stay alive. Amazingly, conventional
doctors don't yet realize this about humans, and they continue to claim
that eating sugar is perfectly fine for you. Sugar promotes diabetes,
obesity, mood disorders and nutritional deficiencies.
Textured Vegetable Protein - Usually made of soy protein which is extracted from genetically modified soybeans and then processed using hexane,
an explosive chemical solvent (see Soy Protein, above). Widely used in
vegetarian foods such as "veggie burgers" (most of which also contain
MSG or Yeast Extract, by the way).
Yeast Extract - Hidden form of MSG that contains free glutamate
and is used in many "natural" food products to claim "No MSG!" Yeast
extract contains up to 14% free glutamate. You'll find it in thousands
of grocery store products, from soups to snack chips. I even once
spotted it used on fresh meat!
Food label tricks
trick food companies frequently used to pack more sugar into their
products without making sugar look like the first ingredient:
labels, you see, must list the most prominent ingredients first, and
some consumers might freak out of they saw a box of cereal that said,
"Sugar, whole grain wheat, corn" and so on. Instead, the company uses 3
or 4 different forms of sugar to distribute them farther down the label,
This way, the first ingredients looks like "whole grain wheat" when, in reality, the cereal might be over fifty percent sugars!
How to buy honest food
• Shop are your local farmer's market, food co-op or CSA.
• In the USA, look for the USDA Organic
label on foods. This is a legitimate claim to being certified organic.
It's one of the few programs run by the USDA that actually has
• Read the ingredients labels! If you see names of chemicals you can't pronounce, don't buy it.
Buy more unprocessed food ingredients and make your own meals rather
than buying ready-to-eat, processed foods, which are almost universally
formulated with disease-promoting ingredients.
• GROW some of your own food! The best food you can ever eat is food from your own garden.
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