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Ingredients to watch out for in packaged foods

Posted on December 18 2017

When shopping for groceries, we barely spend any time going through the product packaging labels. The most we might do is check the shelf life and into the shopping cart it goes. However, processed or packaged food includes ingredients that are not safe for you in the long run.

Here is a list of the most common culprits found in packaged food:

  1. Sodium Nitrite

That delicious bacon you bought for your Sunday morning breakfast? It contains Sodium Nitrite - a preservative and flavoring agent commonly added to bacon, smoked food and other frozen processed meat to increase their shelf life. Studies have linked consumption of Sodium Nitrite to cancer. Fresh meat is a much healthier alternative to frozen and processed meat.

  1. Trans Fats

The next time you reach for a baked or fried goodie at the supermarket, you will likely see “trans fats” listed on the packaging. Hydrogenated fat or shortening has been linked to high cholesterol, stroke and heart disease.

  1. Palm Oil

Palm oil is a much cheaper alternative for manufacturers of deep-fried food. It helps to increase the shelf life of fried food items. Be sure to read the product packaging and avoid hydrogenated palm oil because it increases your risk of clogged arteries and heart attack.

  1. MSG

Monosodium Glutamate, better known as MSG or ajinomoto, is a chemically processed flavor enhancer. Many restaurants use it to give their food an extra burst of flavor; it is also found in packaged food items. A high level of MSG is shown to have an impact on brain chemistry and can also have immediate side effects like nausea and headaches.

  1. Refined grains

This one is something we all tend to consume without thinking of its adverse effects. White bread, pasta, maida and refined rice are all common examples.  When the grains are refined, it loses all nutrients and causes a sharp increase in blood sugar and insulin. So make the switch to whole wheat and red rice today!

Eliminating products containing these harmful ingredients from your diet is the first step to a healthy lifestyle. Complement your new healthy eating habit with regular exercise. Check out comfortable and stylish workout clothes at Piranha to help you look and feel your best.
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