by Dr. Maoshing Ni
Have you looked at the ingredients on your cereal box lately? Today’s supermarkets are often stacked with packaged foods that are plagued
with nasty additives, used to increase flavor and maintain freshness they may add to shelf life, but these additives subtract from your life
span. Read on to find out more about some of these hard-to pronounce
common food additives and why you should avoid them if you want to increase your own longevity.
- BHA and BHT Manufacturers often add these to food to prevent fats from going rancid. Breakfast cereals, rice, potato chips, chewing gum, and foods that contain animal fat and shortening usually include these additives. Although you would need to consume 125 times the amount added to foods, there is still concern regarding their safety.
- Sodium Chloride Salt has been used as a preservative for centuries and is an important part of electrolyte balance in our bodies. However, too much salt can lead to high blood pressure cardiovascular health, and kidney failure. Most canned foods and packaged foods contain excessive amounts of salt. Make sure to read the nutrition facts label so that the sodium content doesn’t exceed 5%. Over use of salt can also desensitize your taste buds, making you forget the taste of real food. Use herbs and spices as an alternative and shake that salt habit for good!
- Sugar Natural sources of sugar that come from fruit, milk, and some vegetables contain multiple nutrients. However, consuming
added sugars from processed foods can lead to weight gain, obesity, and diabetes. Baked goods, yogurt, salad dressings, sauces, and
bottled drinks often contain excessive amounts that will surely give you a sugar rush! Watch out for these names in the ingredients:
high fructose corn syrup, glucose, confectioner’s sugar, dextrose, maltose, fruit juice concentrate ,molasses, powdered sugar, sucrose, syrup, invert sugar, malt syrup, corn sweetener, corn syrup.