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Read Your Labels: 7 Food Ingredients to Avoid.

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Knowledge is Power.

As many as you know, I have embarked on a journey to getting healthy and in the process, re-establish my clean eating habits.

I realize what eating Frankenfoods has done to me in a matter of 5 months, the holidays, the parties and dinners, conferences and just girls days out.

They’ve caused me to gain a lot of weight, bloat, feel sluggish and just a general feeling of unwellness.

I’ve been too lax with myself and I know that there are other so many others out there that are stricter.

I’m a baker, what can I say.


One thing though, I am informed and I research because of my children and I am absolutely adamant about their diets. I want to teach them values from a young age, maybe a lot of things my parents didn’t know when I was a kid. And the best way is by example like I’ve been doing for all these years.

Since I’ve started to firmly re-establish clean eating, I’ve had bursts of energy. I feel so much better and I’m slowly and surely getting back to normal.

Which leads me to the topic that I want to discuss with you guys.

Do You Know What Is In Your Food?

Do you ever stop and read the label?

I am a huge advocate for this and I recommend everyone do it, even if your goal isn’t to lose weight but–for peace of mind and to avoid a lot of potentially dangerous ingredients we consume unknowingly.

Even when I may not be making the healthiest choice for myself, I still avoid these ingredients like the plague. Just like I won’t eat anythng canned!

Things to Avoid:

  • High Fructose Corn Syrup (HCFS)
  • Palm Kernel or Soybean Oil (Vegetable Shortening, Hydrogenated, Partially Hydrogenated, Trans Fats)
  • Artificial Colors and Flavors
  • Benzoate Preservatives (BHA, BHT, TBHQ)
  • MSG (Monosodium Glusomate)
  • Sodium Nitrate (Common in lunch meats, hot dogs, bacon.)
  • Bromide


High Fructose Corn Syrup promotes heart disease, obesity, increases risk for Type-2 Diabetes and isn’t metabolized by the liver.

Palm Kernel Oil, on top of not being produced sustainably, is one of the largest contributors to deforestation in Indonesia. It is high in trans fats and along with Soybean Oil and others, is an an industrially made oil that will in turn lower your good cholesterol and heighten your bad cholesterol. Thus putting you in risk for heart disease.

MSG can cause headaches, edema, increased appetite, nausea and at times difficulty breathing.

Benzoate Preservatives is a compound that preserves fats from going bad and this can cause asthma, tumors, hyper activity and much more.

Artificial colorings and artificial flavors have been linked to a lot of skin conditions and allergic reactions. They can also cause asthma and affect your thyroid.

When Sodium Nitrates are added to meat, they become nitrosamines–a carcinogenic and increase the risk of cancers. Also found as Soda Niter and Chile Saltpeter. You can find this in hot dogs, lunch meats etc.

Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone also known as rBGH. They use this to increase milk production in cows.  Made by Monsanto, if you know them. It contains high amounts of insulin-like growth hormones that many believe is the cause of breast, colon and prostate cancers. The hormones have also been linked to early puberty in girls.

Potassium Bromide increases the volume in breads, its caused cancer in animals and so far is banned in Canada and Europe. It is an endocrine disruptor, you can find it as enriched flour and bromic acid.

We Do Have Control.

If we show the big shots in charge of producing and distributing our food that we care about what we are ingesting and show them through the power of purchase, there can be change.

Buy local, buy organic.

I am not a medical expert and my purpose is not to give medical advice. If you have any questions, please ask your physician. I’m sure I’ve only just barely touched upon the negative things in our food but, if you are going to make a change to your diet, please consult a doctor.

So, do you already check or will you start to check your labels?

Let me know!

Til then cheers m’deres!

I’ve had a deliciously amazing clean week, hope you all did too!

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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist and editor of lifestyle blog Whispered Inspirations. A social media junkie, travel-lover with insatiable wanderlust and an aficionado for fun gadgets, good eats and entertainment. You can find her on Twitter and everywhere else under @WhispersInspire.

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