What Are Some Common Chemicals Found in Processed Foods?
Healthy parents raise healthy kids. We know that children learn by watching adults so it’s very important to teach your children how to make healthy food choices. A big part of that is educating your children about processed foods and the harmful chemicals that they contain. Both you and your child should get into the practice of reading food labels and being able to identify harmful chemicals and preservatives.
Here is a quick cheat sheet of the items that your family should be avoiding at all cost. We suggest making a copy and posting it on the fridge. Or get your kids involved and let them play police by having them look for the “bad guys” in your foods.
Hydrogenated fats – linked to cardiovascular disease, obesity
Artificial food colors – linked to allergies, asthma, hyperactivity, possibly carcinogen
Nitrites/Nitrates – can be carcinogenic
Sulfites – linked to allergies and asthma
Sugar and sweeteners – linked to obesity, dental cavities, diabetes, hypoglycemia, candida
Artificial sweeteners – (aspartame, saccharin) – linked to behavioral problems, hyperactivity, possibly carcinogenic
MSG – linked to allergic and behavioral reactions, including headaches, dizziness, chest pains, depression, and mood swings.
Preservatives – liked to allergic reactions, hyperactivity, possibly cancer causing
Artificial flavors – linked to allergic or behavioral reactions
Refined flour – shown to alter insulin production
Salt – causes fluid retention, increases blood pressure
Olestra – causes diarrhea and digestive disturbances