If you want to learn more about ways to improve your nutrition, and many other health related topics, please visit www.healthleadermd.com or call 1-888-332-4560
(PRWEB) October 28, 2014
You may think you are eating a well-balanced, healthy diet, but if you haven’t gone through the labels in your pantry and fridge, you may be doing the opposite. Improve your overall nutrition by removing these items from your kitchen.
Synthetic food coloring that is legal in the United States has long been banned in many other countries – and for a very good reason. Many of the most common dyes used in processed foods have been linked to chronic diseases such as asthma, behavioral issues, problems in the nervous system, cancers and many more. Red no. 40, which is found in a plethora of common packaged foods, has been linked to numerous types of cancers in addition to causing symptoms of ADHD in children. Yellow no. 5 has been linked to neurological issues, asthma, allergies and other respiratory problems. Increase the nutrition in your food by choosing items with natural coloring.
High Fructose Corn Syrup
High fructose corn syrup can show up on the label in a variety of ways, but every one of them can be detrimental to your health. This highly processed sugar alternative is not found only in sweets and treats, but also in baked goods, canned foods and the dairy aisle. High fructose corn syrup has been linked to pulmonary issues and compromising the immune system as well as weight gain.
Artificial sweeteners can be found in all sorts of processed foods and beverages and are touted as a sugar replacement. While you should keep sugar intake to a minimum for optimal health, switching it out with artificial replacements is not the way to go. Sweeteners such as aspartame have been linked to health issues including insomnia, joint pain and memory problems. Aspartame can also create symptoms that mimic those present in anxiety disorders. And, ironically, despite promising to lessen the calories in the foods and drinks in which they are added, these sweeteners are actually linked to increased cravings, weight gain and reduced nutrition. Be aware that these sugar substitutes can also be found in items such as cough drops, vitamins and sugar-free gums.
Once upon a time consumers were assured that margarine was a great substitute for butter and could eliminate many of the health issues associated with it. However, that is not the case. Margarine is extremely processed and filled with hydrogenated oils and fats, increasing your chances of high cholesterol and increased risk of heart disease. Instead, use traditional butter in moderation or switch to oils such s olive and coconut, both of which boast anti-inflammatory properties.
It may seem like a system shock to learn all the items lurking in your kitchen that are hiding these ingredients on the label, but you can improve your nutrition by removing these from your shelves and avoiding them the next time you swing by the grocery.
If you want to learn more about ways to improve your nutrition, and many other health related topics, please visit support(at)healthleadermd(dot)com or call 1-888-332-4560