5 Steps To Hack Your Weight Loss pt. 3 of 6
As society industrialized, our food sources moved from nature to factories. And because of the big dollars spent on “food” marketing in the public media, we’ve been trained to believe that “food-product” is the same thing as food- however they’re vastly different. Simply put, food fuels the body and food-product defuels the body.
What you eat determines how your body functions. Now, every human body is created differently so we’re all unique in the types of foods that irritate our system, and have individualized food intolerances. However, there are some common food-products that negatively impact everyone and should always be avoided.
Top 10 Food-Products to Never Eat
- Increase sugar and carbohydrate cravings; linked to diabetes, linked to cancer and tumor growth, harmful during pregnancy, changes how your body responds to carbohydrates and cause joint pain.
- Moving a gene from one plant to another affects the genetic makeup of that organism and it’s no longer acceptable for consumption.
- GMO foods have been linked to allergic reactions, autoimmune disorders, asthma and GI tract distress.
- GMO foods affect the body's immune function and decrease our ability to fend off disease. This causes frequent sickness and an over expenditure of internal energy making us feel tired and worn out. It also puts us at an increased risk for developing chronic disease.
- GMO’s should be avoided at all costs. Unfortunately the U.S. does not require labeling to warn that foods are GMO. 64 nations require labeling to warn consumers about GMO due to health concerns and the U.S. is not one of them. To ensure your food is free of GMO’s, buy organic produce and look for the non GMO certified label on packaged foods.
- Processed synthetic trans fats are found in 95% of food-products, such as: crackers, chips, baked goods and fried foods.
- These types of fats are higher in Omega 6’s, which is pro inflammatory and causes chronic inflammation throughout the body (disease is a result of too much inflammation).
- MSG is a chemical and regular consumption is linked to: diabetes, adrenal gland malfunction, seizures, high blood pressure, excessive weight gain, stroke and other health problems. If you eat MSG and experience any of these conditions, you need to immediately eliminate MSG from your diet.
Studies have shown that consumption of food dyes can lead to behavioral problems in children, lowered IQ and an increased risk of cancer. Often found in candy, cereal, soft drinks, sports drinks and pet foods.
- Blue #1 & #2 have been linked to chromosomal damage and have been banned in multiple countries around the world.
- Red dye #3 and Red #40 has been proven to cause thyroid cancer and chromosomal damage as well as interfere with brain-nerve transmission.
- Yellow #6 and Yellow Tartrazine increase the risk of kidney and adrenal gland tumors and may cause chromosomal damage.
- Keep in mind that food dyes are filtered in the kidneys and regular filter of food dyes causes toxic build up and degrades the tissue.
This is a tough one because there’s so many. Eliminating processed foods is the best way to avoid food additives in your diet. A few major ones to look for are:
Olestra- Often found in potato chips. It’s not processed during digestion and leaches through the intestinal wall wreaking havoc on the GI tract which causes an autoimmune response.
- BHA- Found in cereal, chips and chewing gum. BHA is recognized by the Department of Health Organization as a carcinogen, which means it causes cancer.
- Sodium Nitrate and Nitrites- Added to hotdogs, conventional meats and bacon to give them a smoky taste and darker appearance. They contain nitrosamines that are cancer causing chemical compounds.
- Bisphenol A- Used in packaged foods, mimics the effects of estrogen which causes hormone imbalance, depression, anxiety and obesity.
- Wheat contains gliadin, which is a chemical that increases the permeability of the intestinal wall. When permeability is increased, gliadin leaks through, causing inflammation and autoimmune responses.
- Wheat, especially whole wheat, is high in Amylopectin A. This compound is rapidly digested and spikes the insulin which causes weight gain. Eating two slices of whole wheat bread causes the same insulin reaction as drinking a can of soda. Remember, when insulin is high, we store fat. Lose wheat, lose your gut.
- Pasteurized dairy is mucous forming in the throat, sinuses, ears and GI tract. It causes mucous in the intestines, which reduces the assimilation and absorption of nutrients. If we’re not absorbing the nutrients from our food, we are more prone to constant hunger, cravings, sickness and chronic disease.
Mucous in the throat and ears has been linked to ear infections, allergies, acne and asthma.
- We just went over GMOs’ and soy is one the most heavily GMO’d products there is. It contains estrogens that are tough on hormone balance and is linked to unspent estrogen in the system. Increased estrogen is related to obesity and cancer
- Soy also has an attraction to aluminum, meaning it absorbs it and binds to it. Often times, the vats that are used to produce soy products are made from aluminum and high levels of aluminum in the body is linked to Alzheimer’s.
- Sugar spikes insulin levels and raises the body's fat storage pathways. It provides quick calories with no nutritional value so your body responds with a burst of “energy” followed by a crash. This response creates an addictive cycle because your body craves the “energy” burst.
- Sugar causes fatty liver, which affects how we metabolize fats and sugars- it throws off the function of the largest endocrine gland in the body and prevents good function of the liver detox pathways.
Education is key when it comes to creating healthy habits. Recognizing harmful ingredients on labels and understanding what is food and what is food-product will help you make better choices. When you start cutting out harmful ingredients, it can be a little overwhelming, but switching to natural, whole foods can be delicious and well worth it. Be sure to follow the rest of our blog series. In the next post we’ll discuss what to eat and how to make it easy!