The Hidden Cost of Acidity in Processed Foods

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Let’s talk about the hidden cost of acidity in processed foods.

What you are about to read should both shock and horrify you.

We would all like to think that the American Food Industry wouldn’t create food products that could make us sick.

WRONG!!

Many processed foods that Americans eat today are making you sick. (1)

Some food processing companies are even creating misleading labels. They want you to think that the packaged food you eat won’t harm you.

Here, at Living Phit we are going to look behind the curtain of the processed food industry. We are going to tell you about some of the most acidic causing additives found in processed foods. (2)

We are going to be talking about ingredients which:

  • Increase acidosis in the body
  • Contain carcinogenic (cancer causing) ingredients
  • Create foods with little or no nutritional value
  • Add ingredients which deliberately increase obesity
  • Include chemical components which increase food addiction
  • Incorporate additives which contribute to diseases such as diabetes, heart attack, stroke, digestive problems, and multiple other health issues

When you’ve finished reading this article, I am certain of 1 thing…

YOU WILL WANT TO READ All YOUR FOOD LABLES FROM NOW ON!

What Are Processed Foods?

Every food that Americans eat today can be said to be processed. But, there are 2 types of food processing procedures including:

  • Mechanical Food Processing
  • Chemical Food Processing

Mechanical Food Processing

Mechanical processing is very simple to explain. You have to cut and harvest natural foods using machines or manual labor. The products are washed and packaged. Then, they are sent to the market for consumption.

This includes obvious natural foods like fruit, vegetables and meat.

But, unfortunately even here the food processors mess around with our food in some form of unhealthy manner during mechanical processing.

For example if the vegetables and fruits are not organic, they will contain pesticide and herbicide residues.

Farmers began using these chemicals en masse after WW2.

Guess where they originated from – SURPLUS WARFARE CHEMICALS!

Yummy!

The Huffington Post notes that:

…pesticides are now applied at a rate of 1.1 billion pounds per year in the U.S. That’s 22 percent of the world’s total use. These chemicals move throughout our ecosystem, making their way into groundwater and our drinking supply, traveling down streams and rivers, and eventually reaching the ocean.

The article also goes on to point out that:

In 2005, the Environmental Working Group testedthe umbilical cords of 10 babies from different U.S. hospitals and found an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants in their blood, including a number of pesticides.

The herbicide/pesticide residue has accumulated to such an extent that there is a dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico the size of the State of New Jersey.

Nothing grows there. NOTHING!

BOTTOM LINE:

Pesticides and herbicides contain multiple and unpronounceable chemicals. They contain carcinogens and many acidosis causing and harmful products to your health. When nutritionists say you should always wash your fruits and vegetables – WASH YOUR VEGETABLES THOROUGLY!

And, many natural packaged meat products such as ground meat such as hamburgers contain food dyes. It makes the meat look fresher for a longer shelf life.

I’ll have more to say on food dyes later on.

Even our most healthy natural foods contain a hidden coast of acidity in processed foods. But, at least these food items are by and large real food, unlike those processed foods which are made using…

Chemical Food Processing

 

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Processed foods are considered as being chemically processed consists of those which are:

Made solely from refined ingredients and artificial substances…(3)

The chemically processed food which the average American now consumes constitutes 60% – 70% of your diet.

These chemically processed foods contribute to acidosis in your body, obesity and multiple health issues.

There are many processed food products which claim to be low in calories and carbs that sound both healthy and attractive.

You probably buy these products as part of your health regimen to manage your diet and control your weight.

Unfortunately, you are still causing your body more harm than good. You’ll see why as you read on.

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Now, let’s get back to our chemically processed Frankenstein foods horror story.

The Hidden Cost of Acidosis in Processed Foods

Why are chemically processed foods so dangerous to your health? How do these products contribute to acidosis and upset the pH levels in your body?

Some of you probably do check out the labels. You see content items that probably appear harmless. They may even sound like natural ingredients.

If you look closer, there are even chemical names included which you can barely pronounce. You likely think that these chemicals can’t be bad if the manufacturer is putting it your food (if you still naively want to call it that).

Here’s a sample of a health food bar label which is supposedly healthy.

 

 

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Good Grief!

The package looks tasty and likely has a lot of green and earth tones to make the processed food package look healthy.

But, here’s what the food industry doesn’t want you to know (4)

The following is a list of the most dangerous and toxic components found in the majority of chemically processed foods:

Top 11 Most Toxic Ingredients Found In Chemically Processed Foods

Here’s a list of the real cost of acidity in processed foods:

1. Palm Oil and Other Hydrogenated Trans Fat Vegetable Oils

Palm oil sounds okay doesn’t it?

But, it’s not because this type of vegetable fats like many other similar products is loaded with hydrogen. This process then makes palm oil and other vegetable oil products a solid “hydrogenated trans fat.”

Food processors use hydrogenated vegetable trans fat oils to keep packaged food fresh for a longer shelf life.

Any processed food which contains these products – especially all that packaged junk food your love – will raise both your cholesterol and triglycerides.

That’s right folks.

You should know by now that hydrogenated vegetable oils are the bad fat guys –or LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein). These evil fats also lower your good fat or HDL (High Density Lipoprotein).

Want to increase your risk of heart attack, blood clots and stroke?

Then don’t eat processed foods with any form of hydrogenated vegetable oil. This should also include shortening.

2. High Fructose Corn Syrup and Sugar

Most people know about the health risks of refined white sugar, but…

How could corn syrup be that bad?

Wouldn’t corn syrup still be better than refined sugar?

The answer is basically no because there isn’t much difference between the two.

Food processing companies are using less refined sugar in their products. But, they have been substituting high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) instead.

If you think they are doing you a favor – they aren’t.

They are using high fructose corn syrup because it CHEAPER than sugar.

High fructose corn syrup is made from corn starch with added enzymes.

But, they are both simple sugars which means they are high in triglycerides. And, they both contain roughly the same amounts of both glucose and fructose.

This additive also blocks “Leptin” which is the hormone that tells you when you are full so you end up eating more.

If you don’t want to mess around with increased acidosis, cholesterol, weight gain, Diabetes1 or Diabetes 2 than I suggest you definitely avoid any food with this stuff.

You will find this “sugary substance” in many chemically processed food products. (5)

3. Artificial Sweeteners

If think food manufacturers are helping your health by using artificial sweeteners instead – think again.

Here, I’m talking about some of the most commonly used artificial sweeteners such as:

  • Saccharin – found in “Sweet’N Low and Sugar Twin
  • Asparatime – found in NutraSweet ad Equal, or
  • Sucralose – found in Splenda
  • Stevia
  • Advantame
  • Acesulfame Potassium (Ace-K)

They are found in a multiple range of chemically processed foods..

These artificial sweeteners are likely doing your body more harm than good.

Evidence suggests they are even harder on your metabolic systems than evil white processed sugar.

Did you know that studies show that artificial sweeteners do the following:

  • Cause changes in your gut microbiota
  • Increase weight gain
  • Can cause addiction because they are 200 – 13,000 times sweeter than regular sugar
  • Cause food cravings
  • Can cause serious long term diseases with ongoing consumption

Do yourself a favor and ban all foods with any of these artificial sweeteners altogether.

4. Refined Carbohydrates

First, I need to point out there is a big difference between:

  • Complex carbohydrates, and
  • Refined carbohydrates

I know that all carbohydrates are getting a bad rep these days. There is a HUGE difference between the 2 types of carbohydrates.

Let’s be clear – complex carbohydrates are made by nature. We need a certain amount of “complex” carbohydrates in our diet.

Complex carbohydrates provide a source of starch along with filling and healthy fiber. Complex carbs also control cholesterol. They are found in whole grains, fruits vegetables and beans. These foods are very nutritious and beneficial to the body.

Refined carbohydrates can be basically described as being “sugar.”

They are broken down quickly. However, they also cause your insulin levels and blood sugar levels to spike quickly.

You don’t really know you’re eating this muck. This is because food manufactures prefer to give this unhealthy food additive more attractive descriptions such as:

  • Wheat flour
  • Multi-grain, and
  • Enriched
  • Glucose
  • Fructose
  • Lactose
  • Sucrose

And, one of the side effects is that when you eat them and because they digest quickly, you feel hungry again very soon after

Some of the packaged foods you want to avoid include many common products we find on our shelves such as:

  • White flour
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Bread

These products are all stripped of their bran and germ. This also removes the nutrients and their inherent fiber.

So what’s the result? You eat more!

If you want to incorporate these products into your diet then you should focus on those which are made from “whole” grains. (6) 

5. Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)

I mean really! Does this sound like a natural food found in nature?

This barely pronounceable chemical is used as a food “preservative.” It is used to prevent food poisoning and food spoilage. This stuff is found in hundreds of different type foods.

You think it should be safe because it has been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration).

Yet, on the other hand, the National Institute of Health believes it may likely be a carcinogen.

It seems science isn’t quite sure whether this product is good or toxic.

I don’t know about you but I would prefer not to play “Russian Roulette” with my food. (7)

6. Potassium Benzoate and Sodium Benzoate

Just hearing these names makes me want scoop spoonfuls into my mouth.

These chemicals are mainly used as preservatives.

They are added to soda to prevent mold from growing.

The short name for this dangerous acidic toxin is known as “Benzene.”

Benzene levels in plastic bottles may build up when exposed to higher temperatures or with ascorbic acid (Vitamin C).

Simply put, benzene is a “known carcinogen.”

Need I say anymore?

7. MSG (Mono Sodium Glutamate)

Most people are familiar with this additive.

What’s it used for?

Generally, MSG is used to enhance the flavor in your food.

It’s found naturally in very small amounts in natural foods such as cheese and meat.

However, food manufacturers use the processed version rather extensively in many foods.

Many scientists refer to MSG as the “Silent Death.”

HMMM!

MSG is described as a “food-borne “excitotoxin.”

What this means is that MSG overexcites your cells and can do so to the point of damage or death.

It can also cause brain damage to varying degrees and can trigger or worsen:

  • Learning disabilities
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Impacts the heart muscles

Simply put, MSG and especially the Glutamate can seriously mess with your brain’s chemistry and other major organs.

The reason is because glutamate is the same neurotransmitter your body uses to initiate a variety of your body’s processes.

If you want flavor, I would suggest natural herbs and spices instead of this stuff.(8)

8. Sodium Nitrate

Sodium nitrate is generally used as a food preservative found in meat such as:

  • Bacon
  • Processed meats
  • Luncheon meats
  • Jerky
  • Some fish products

It’s used to prevent the advent of botulism and other bacterial growth.

The problems is that this chemical compound has some very nasty side effects which can seriously damage your health.

Over time, this chemical can cause damage to your blood vessels causing the arteries to harden and narrow. Ultimately, this leads to heart disease.

Sodium nitrate will also increase your blood pressure levels

It’s also been associated with other disease such as various types of cancer.

Some studies suggest the body can manage very small amounts of this stuff so if you have eat some bacon or packaged meat – do so only occasionally and not as part of your regular diet. (9) 

9. Food Dyes 

The obvious use of food dyes in use by food manufacturers is change or effect the color of food you eat to make it look more appealing.

Each and every year food processing companies dump in as much as 15 MILLION POUNDS of this stuff into American food alone.

They do this because the processing procedure removes texture, nutrients, flavor, and makes the food appear bland in both taste and appearance.

Food coloring gives this bland food a more appealing appearance.

Bright colors also make the food more attractive to young children (Don’t miss a trick do they?).

They are also more likely used in the cheapest costing manufactured foods.

But, what are the health effects of these food dyes?

This is not clear cut. Many studies have linked these food dyes to a variety of diseases. To be fair, these studies have all been performed using unlucky animal subjects.

However, the studies suggest these food dyes may be linked to various diseases such as cancer in the kidneys, bladder, brain gliomas, and testes. They may also be linked to immune disorders and hypersensitivity.

If your food needs a food dye to make it look appealing then maybe you should give it a pass. Natural foods have their own natural colors.(10)

10. Propyl Gallate

This lovely sounding chemical is used as a preservative to keep oils and fats from spoiling. It can be found in sausage and lard.

It’s also found in popcorn, gum, mayonnaise and frozen meals.

It’s also used in pesticides and that should be telling you enough info about this product.

This chemical may have some estrogen activity.

The science isn’t clear whether this product is safe or not.

That’s simply not good enough for me. Frankly, I really don’t want to eat food which requires chemicals.

If you’re going to put chemicals in my food then don’t you want a definitive answer about the potential effects?

11. Potassium Bromate

This chemical is used by processors in the making of bread and rolls. It’s used to increase the volume of the bread and produce more attractive crumbs.

It’s also banned in every country except the U.S. and Japan.

Even U.S. regulators are still undecided about whether this product is safe or not.

The food industry naturally says otherwise.

Big surprise!

This is another chemical product where the science simply cannot say whether there is any definitive link to cancer which has been found in those unfortunate lab animals again.

Many smaller and commercial bakeries tend to avoid this additive.

So, check your bread label carefully or use a local baker for your bread and rolls. (11)

Bottom Line On The Hidden Cost of Acidity In Processed Foods

Eating processed FOODS can cause the following:

  • Processed foods lead to cell acidity and affect pH levels(12)
  • Processed foods are addictive and cause overeating (13)
  • Processed foods are clearly linked to obesity (14)
  • Processed foods are high in trans fats, simple carbohydrates (sugar) and sodium (15)
  • Processed foods are not nutritious (16)
  • Processed foods can reduce energy levels and poor digestion (17)
  • Processed foods can cause depression and memory loss (18)
  • Processed foods can contribute to many illnesses and disease (19)

The dangers of processed foods are many and should no longer be ignored.

READ THE LABELS

BETTER YET – EAT NATURAL FOODS NOT PROCESSED FOODS

 

 

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