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Top 10 Food Ingredients That Have Been Banned

Written by Top 100 Arena on 2012-07-21
Food ingredients can be toxic to our system as well. Some have been alleged to be cancer causing, cholesterol raising, cardiovascular disease causing and a host of other diseases and discomforts. These ingredients are generally a result of our lifestyle turning to more of convenience rather than actual healthy food. One trademark of taboo foods is that it quickens the cooking process and ensures that the food stays fresh for long. Ultimately when you think of it, how does food stay fresh forever and not age! Impossible concept, right? There you have it! Something’s not right and therefore these following ingredients and additives are banned.

10 Potassium Bromate

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It is found in white breads. It causes cancer in animals and is harmful to humans even in small quantities. So imagine a lifetime of eating just white bread! It is used in the bread making process. It induces renal cell tumors and urinary disorders and infections. More info

9 Sulfur Dioxide (E220)

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It is found in beer, soft drinks, dried fruit, juices, cordials, wine, vinegar, and potato products. Its use has been prohibited on raw foods and vegetables. They give rise to bronchial problems, hypotension and anaphylactic shocks. It is strictly not recommended for consumption by children. More info

8 Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) and Butylated HydroxyToluene (BHT)

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Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) and Butylated HydroxyToluene (BHT) are found in Potato chips, gum, cereal, frozen sausages, enriched rice, lard, shortening, candy and jello. It prevents the flavor from going bad, or the food from going rancid. It keeps the color fresh. It affects the neurological system of the brain, alters behavior and has potential to cause cancer. BHA and BHT are oxidants which form cancer-causing reactive compounds in your body. It’s a major endocrine disruptor and can seriously mess up hormones, especially in menopausal women. It also leads to skin irritations. More info

7 Sodium Nitrate

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It is found in: hotdogs, bacon, ham, luncheon meat, cured meats, corned beef, smoked fish or any other type of processed meat. It is used as a preservative, coloring and flavoring. It is highly carcinogenic once it enters the blood stream. There was an attempt to ban it in the 1970’s but was later vetoed. It actually colors the meat bright red, so stale dry meat is made to look fresh and healthy. They are believed to cause colon cancer and metabolic syndrome and also lead to diabetes. More info

6 Sodium Sulfite (E221)

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It is found in wine and dry fruit. There’s a close link between asthmatics and sodium sulfite. It is not harmful to the general populace as such. However, that is still under speculation. People may fall prey to headaches, breathing disorders and rashes. If breathing disorders exist, then this may aggravate the situation. More info

5 Blue, Green, Red and yellow [common food dyes]

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They have been linked to adrenal, thyroid, bladder, kidney and brain cancers. The red was banned in 1980 after eight years of debate, following its use in many food and cosmetics. Blue is found in: candy, cereal, soft drinks, sports drinks and pet foods. Red is found in: candy, cereal, soft drinks, sports drinks and pet foods. Yellow is found in: American cheese, macaroni and cheese, candy and carbonated beverages, lemonade and more! These colors even have adverse hyperactivity results that can be dangerous for the kids. More info

4 Monosodium Glutamate

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It is found in Chinese food (Chinese restaurant syndrome), chips, cookies, seasonings, frozen dinners and lunch meats. It is a processed flavor enhancer and high levels in the blood stream cause havoc with brain chemistry. Just flavor your food naturally using fresh seasoning to stay away from all these effects. The other side-effects may be headache, sweating, chest pain and heart palpitation. More info

3 High Fructose Corn Syrup

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It is found in most processed foods, breads, candy, flavored yogurts, salad dressings, canned vegetables, cereals. It drastically increases the level of bad cholesterol in your blood and causes diabetes and other tissue damage. It is known to cause organ failure and fatality. Also, in men and women post menopause the HFCS increases the lipids that increase the risk of heart attacks.

2 Artificial Sweeteners

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Also known as Aspartame, it is found in: diet or sugar free sodas, diet coke, coke zero, desserts, sugar free gum, drink mixes, baking goods, table top sweeteners, cereal, pudding, ice tea, chewable vitamins and toothpaste. It is a neurotoxin and carcinogen. It leads to a wide variety of diseases including brain tumor, diseases like lymphoma, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue, emotional disorders like depression and anxiety attacks, dizziness, headaches, nausea, mental confusion, migraines and seizures. More info on Wikipedia

1 Palm Oil/ Trans Fat

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When a processed food says “Fresh” and has an amazing shelf life, it means that the food has been cooked in palm oil or any other oil that has transformed the food into a fatty acid store house. These fats are bad cholesterol and block up arteries in your heart, making your heart work harder and harder to do the same amount of work. It is found in: margarine, chips and crackers, baked goods, fast foods. More info

It is not possible to eliminate all these from your diet, so we recommend that you take all in moderate quantities and avoid where it’s possible. Try to stick to home cooked food using ingredients as fresh as possible. Keep your cholesterol in check and make every red mark on you blood test a priority. A lot of organic food is available on the market today and it’s not difficult to live healthy should you strive even remotely. Follow up with a regular dose of exercise and your heart and you are set to go for a marathon. \r\n

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