Thursday, March 25, 2010

Hidden, Toxic Ingredients In Everyday Foods That Promote Acne

What do you think happens when you mix profits with food? Do you think that food companies care more about your health or increasing their profits? What happens when the regulatory agencies (that are supposed to police the industry and protect you) health are influenced by the very industry they are policing?

You get what Mike Adams, The Health Ranger, calls "metabolic disruptors".

These are common ingredients, such as white flour and sugar, that prevent your body from healing, promote acne, outrageous cravings among other health problems. Unfortunately, metabolic disruptors are used in almost all commercially prepared foods. But if you know what to look for, you can fill your cart with foods that will help you live a longer more vibrant life.

If you want to prevent acne, have a clear skin and vibrant health stay away from these.

Sodium nitrite

This little baby is used to color most of the meat sold in supermarkets (and other retail outlets). An old meat generally has putrid, gray color, which, retailers understand is not so attractive. To counter this issue they add sodium nitrite to the meat to color it red - to give an illusion that it's fresh.

The thing that they conveniently don't mention is that sodium nitrite is HIGHLY carcinogenic. In fact it's used in cancer research. When researches want to inflict mouse with a cancer they inject sodium nitrite into the mouse.

It's believed that the carcinogenic effect of eating meat is more to due to the added sodium nitrite than saturated fat in meat.

Here are couple of links to more info about sodium nitrite:

Sugar and sugar substitutes

I believe that sugar is directly contributing to acne. Harmful bacteria in the digestive track (and other parts of your body) strive on sugar. They ferment sugar and convert it to toxic waste.

Sugar is also highly acidifying. I'm sure you remember that harmful, acne-causing bacteria require an acidic environment to survive. Eating or drinking sugar directly contributes to well being of the 'bad guys'.

Sugar is not just sugar, it comes in many forms and names. Look for these:

* Sucrose (table sugar)
* Raw sugar
* Brown sugar (is 91 to 96% sucrose)
* High fructose corn syrups
* Fructose (fruit sugar - fruits eaten whole and on empty stomach are ok)
* Dextrose or glucose
* Lactose (milk sugar)
* Sorbitol, Mannitol, Malitol, and Xylitol
* Anything with the ending "ose"

Sugar substitutes are probably more dangerous than sugar itself. Here's a good article on dangers of common sugar substitutes:

Look for the following items:

* Aspartame
* Sucralose
* Acesulfame-K
* Saccharin

Practically all the processed foods in supermarkets contain some amounts of sugar, but there are two food items that rise above the rest in sugar content:

* Sodas, canned fruit juices and other sugary drinks
* Candy, candy bars and other sweets

Just eliminating those will cut a huge amount of sugar out of your diet, and should be among your first priorities. Look out for sugar in other food items also, but cut those out first.

The only safe sweetener I'm aware of is stevia. It's a herb that is very much sweeter than sugar and it doesn't degrade your health. It's so sweet that you have to use only few drops of it, so it works out to be dirt cheap also.

Hydrogenated oils

Sugar and hydrogenated oils compete for the top spot in the extremely toxic ingredients that are in almost all foods.

Hydrogenated oils are man-made artificial fats that are extremely toxic. Using hydrogenated oils in foods is a strategy used by manufacturing companies to enhance the taste of their foods, add calories to their foods and extend the shelf life and shelf stability of those foods. This all adds up to higher profits for food companies.

Hydrogenated oils cause a cell-by-cell failure of the human body by destroying the porosity and flexibility of healthy cell membranes. It's like tearing your body down from the inside out.

There's plenty of information about the dangers of hydrogenated oils in the Internet. Just type it to Google and see. Here are good articles on hydrogenated oils: The health dangers of trans fats have been known for decades, yet food companies still poison customers with hydrogenated oils
Trans-Fat: What Exactly is it, and Why is it so Dangerous?
Trans Fats: The Science and the Risks

Here's a list of foods that commonly contain hydrogenated oils

Hydrogenated oils also come in many names:

* hydrogenated oils
* partially hydrogenated oils
* trans fats
* shortened fats or oils

If you see any of the above mentioned words on the ingredients label of the foods - run!

Mono Sodium Glutamate (MSG)

You probably already know about this extremely toxic ingredient. It's said to be more toxic than any other food toxin, poison or allergen. Some patients have stronger reactions to MSG than arsenic or mercury.

Unfortunately the food industry doesn't want you to know about this 'little gem'. for this reason MSG is not required to appear on the ingredients label of food products as MSG. However if you find the following names in the label you can be sure that it includes MSG:

* hydrolyzed vegetable protein
* autolyzed yeast extract

These are the most common names, but there are many other names. Check this web site for more information (look for the link 'Hidden names for MSG' at the left hand side: MSG Myths

Just by making sure that you eliminate MOST sources of sugars and sugar substitutes, hydrogenated oils and MSG you are already long way in winning your battle against acne.

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