When shopping for groceries, always check the label before you buy. Heavily processed foods are teeming with ingredients that increase the risk of cancer and are devoid of nutritional value. And while you may not give your family artificial sweeteners or MSG, even seemingly harmless foods like bread and yogurt can harbor dangerous ingredients. Here are 10 harmful ingredients to avoid.
1. Artificial Sweeteners
Many individuals turn to artificial sweeteners as an alternative to sugar in the hopes that it will reduce their caloric intake and they will lose weight. This approach may be misguided. Like sugar, artificial sweeteners are also linked to diabetes and obesity.
A certain artificial sweetener, aspartame, is known to cause headaches, dizziness, memory loss, even epileptic seizures, according to several complaints issued to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). To be clear, the amount one would have to consume to experience those things are usually more than one consumes in a given day, but the research is there. Aspartame is commonly found in zero-calorie sodas and yogurts, as well as 6,000 other grocery products.
2. BHA & BHT
Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) and butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) are used to preserve fats and oils in foods such as crackers and cereals. These petroleum-derived antioxidants are linked to cancerous tumor growth. Studies have also proven BHA causes cancer in the forestomachs of rodents. So the possibility BHA is also a human carcinogen remains high.
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