There are some foods and ingredients that might be harmful if you eat too much of them. Some people might say that these things are poisonous, but usually, they’re not. However, there are a few things that you should be careful with. Here are a few crucial things to watch out for.
‘Toxins’ in Food That Are Actually Concerning: A Quick Guide
1 – Refined Vegetable and Seed Oils
If you’re a regular reader here, you know that I’m not a fan of these oils. They’re super processed, high in omega-6 fats, and can damage your health. While most of these oils are high in unhealthy fats (like soybean, corn, and canola), there’s one healthy one: olive oil.
2 – Artificial Trans Fats
These are the worst fats you can eat. They’re made by adding hydrogen to liquid oils to make them solid, and they’re in tons of processed foods. You’ll find them in:
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They’re terrible for your health and have been linked to heart disease, cancer, and other chronic health conditions. If a food contains “partially hydrogenated” oils, it contains these dangerous fats.
3 – Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are formed when fat and juices from meat on a grill drip onto the hot coals and create smoke. This smoke contains PAHs, which rise up and land on the meat. When you eat meat that’s been grilled or barbecued, you’re also consuming PAHs. PAHs are linked to cancer.
4 – Artificial Sweeteners
There’s no evidence that artificial sweeteners are any better for you than sugar. The FDA has approved several artificial sweeteners for safe use, including aspartame, saccharin, and sucralose. However, aspartame has been linked to headaches, seizures, and other health problems. Saccharin may cause bladder cancer. Sucralose may cause an immune system response.
5 – Mercury in Fish
Mercury is a toxic metal found in fish at varying levels. It can cause neurological problems and damage the brain, kidneys, and lungs. It is important to be aware of the mercury content in fish before consuming it, especially if you are pregnant or nursing.
6 – Canned Foods
Canned foods are often high in sodium or other preservatives, which can increase the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure. Eating canned foods on a regular basis can also lead to weight gain and obesity, as well as other health problems.
7 – Coumarin in Cinnamon
Coumarin is a chemical produced by plants that have been linked to liver damage and cancer. Cinnamon is one of the foods that contain high levels of coumarin, and it is often used as a spice in baking and other foods.
While some of these toxins may be unavoidable, detoxifying your body may be the answer you are looking for. Detoxing your body can be a lot of work, but it is worth it. There are a lot of benefits to detoxing your body, and you will feel better in the end.
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