Every day, we make choices about products and food items we choose to use or consume, and those we may want to avoid. The choices we make have a direct impact on our health and the health of our families. Here are some ingredients we may want to avoid due to their measured harmful impact.
Palm oil, partially hydrogenated oil, and shortening all contain trans fats, which form when fats are blasted with hydrogen and turn into solids. Trans fats raise your LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides and lower your HDL (good) cholesterol, sometimes leading to heart disease.
High Fructose Corn Syrup
This substance is in many sweet items from soda to candy, and in small amounts in many other commercial products like salad dressing and tomato sauce. HFCS increases triglycerides, encourages the body to store more fat, and leads to overeating and weight gain.
Sodium Nitrates and Sodium Nitrites
These preservatives are commonly found in bacon, lunch meat, sausage, and hot dogs. They are believed to cause colon cancer and metabolic syndrome, which in turn can lead to diabetes. If you need to eat processed meat, look for options that say "no nitrites or nitrates" to be safe.
Certain food dyes, including blue 1 and 2, green 3, red 3, and yellow 6 have been linked to adrenal, thyroid, kidney, bladder and brain cancers. Consuming foods without artificial colors or flavors is always best.
Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)
Deemed safe by the FDA, this preservative prevents spoilage and food poisoning, but is also an endocrine disruptor that can mess with your hormones. BHA is in many processed foods as well as food packaging and cosmetics. BHA goes by different names, but avoiding processed foods will limit your exposure.
The term "fragrance" potentially covers hundreds of chemical compounds including phthalates, which are linked to endocrine disruption, organ damage, and some cancers. Additionally, chemicals used in fragrances have been connected to asthma and allergies as well as headaches and dizziness.
This petroleum-based by-product is used in baby oil, moisturizers and styling gels. Using this product covers over skin and prevents it from releasing toxins.
Although formaldehyde occurs naturally at low concentrations, it is a known carcinogen, irritates skin, and can make asthma symptoms worse. Its use as embalming fluid to preserve bodies postmortem should be worrisome enough for consumers to avoid it. Formaldehyde is used in cosmetics like nail hardeners, and some other chemicals commonly used in cosmetics can release formaldehyde as they break down or interact with other chemicals.
This compound used as a preservative in skin and hair care products causes allergic reactions and rashes in some users, and breaks down into formaldehyde.
This ingredient is used in antibacterial products, deodorants, and hand sanitizers. It has been connected to cancer and endocrine disruption, and also causes resistant bacteria and viruses.
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