Processed Foods and Your Health

Did you know that about 90% of the American household food budget is spent on buying processed foods; this is one of the major contributing factors to the obesity epidemic in this great country of mine. Now allow me to ask you this; if a bag of chips had a warning on the bag that read “Warning: these chips will make you obese, and most likely cause hypertension and cardiac arrest” would you still eat them? Well, in a sense, you do see that warning on chips; just read the ingredients. I’m writing this post so you can gain a little knowledge about how processed foods affect your health.

3 Harmful Ingredients Found In Processed Foods That You Should Be Aware Of:


  • 8192765-48213-no-msg-stampMonosodium Glutamate (MSG) – Research suggests that monosodium glutamate causes obesity, making unhealthy snacks even unhealthier than you may have suspected. MSG is an excitotoxin, a substance that overexcites neurons to the point of cell damage and, eventually, cell death. Humans lack a blood-brain barrier in the hypothalamus, which allows excitotoxins to enter the brain and cause damage.  According to animal studies, MSG creates a lesion in the hypothalamus that correlates with abnormal development, including obesity, short stature and sexual reproduction problems. By avoiding foods with MSG, you are not only protecting your health and your family’s health, you are also protecting society’s health by not supporting companies that use MSG. Use your buying power to show that you don’t accept manufactured foods that use MSG or any of the other hidden forms of MSG such as yeast extract, hydrolyzed vegetable proteins and autolyzed proteins.


  • high-fructose-corn-syrup-250x150High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) – Since the late 1980s, HFCS has replaced regular table sugar, honey, and similar sweeteners in practically everything. A Princeton University study found that rats that were fed HFCS gained fat 300% more quickly than those fed an equal (or slightly larger) dose of fruit-derived sugar. High-fructose doesn’t just make your body fat, it makes your heart fat too. There is a strong link between the irresponsible consumption of high fructose corn syrup and elevated triglyceride and HDL (bad cholesterol) levels. Together these can cause arterial plague build-up and eventually lead to dangerous heart conditions including hypertension, heart disease, and even stroke. Like anything else you eat or drink, HFCS is processed by your liver, gallbladder and kidneys. And it’s especially destructive to your liver. When combined with a sedentary lifestyle, permanent liver scarring can occur. Excessive amounts of soda, energy drinks and junk-food simply aren’t worth losing a foot or going blind or harming your children.


  • notransfatcali1TRANS FATS – Once hailed as a cheap, heart-friendly replacement for butter, lard and coconut oil, trans fats have been denounced by one Harvard nutrition expert as “the biggest food-processing disaster in U.S. history.” Trans fat is made by adding hydrogen to vegetable oil through a process called hydrogenation, which makes the oil less likely to spoil. Using trans fats in the manufacturing of foods helps foods stay fresh longer, have a longer shelf life and have a less greasy feel. Crackers, cookies and cakesand many fried foods, such as doughnuts and french fries — even the stick margarine you may rely on as a “heart-healthy” alternative to saturated-fat-laden butter. Trans fats are worse for your heart than saturated fats because they boost your levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol and decrease “good” HDL cholesterol. That’s double trouble for your arteries. And unlike saturated fats, trans fats also raise your levels of artery-clogging lipoprotein and triglycerides. Check the ingredient list for any of these words: “partially hydrogenated,” “fractionated,” or “hydrogenated” (fully hydrogenated fats are not a heart threat, but some trans fats are mislabeled as “hydrogenated”). The higher up the phrase “partially hydrogenated oil” is on the list of ingredients, the more trans fat the product contains.


Weird Ingredients Found In Processed Foods That Will Make You Think Twice:

  • KFC’s Chicken Pot Pie contains L-Cysteine Hydrochloride, an amino acid often derived from human hair, feathers or a mutation of E. coli!

  • Subway Sandwich Rolls contains fertilizer! Ammonium sulfate can be found inside many brands of bread, including Subway’s. The chemical provides nitrogen for the yeast, creating a more consistent product.

  • Beaver Anal Glands in Raspberry Candy! The anal glands of a beaver are a common ingredient in perfumes and colognes but are also sometimes used to enhance the flavor of raspberry candies and sweets.

  • All Hostess Products (Twinkies, Ding Dongs, etc.) contain beef fat!

  • Skittles and sprinkles contain beetle juice! They get that glaze from the secretions of the female lac beetle.

  • Wendy’s Chili has sand in it! Silicon dioxide is used as an “anti-caking agent,” perhaps to make sure the chili can last for days and days over a heater.

In an effort to keep this post short I only included 3 harmful ingredients found in processed foods; don’t be mistaken, there are plenty more harmful ingredients found in these foods. Eat whole foods instead of the synthetic processed junk; get real food with real benefits! Flush out all of the processed junk food you’ve consumed over the years by drinking Shakeology, you’ll feel great!