Welcome to the wonderful world of chemicals, a world our ancestors never knew.

Next time you have a few minutes, type “chemicals in American food supply” into your favorite research database or even Google and browse a few articles. Your mind will be blown.

As of today, there are over 10,000 food chemicals and additives regularly used by the food industry. Virtually none of which are beneficial to human health. 

We could discuss these funky ingredients for days, but for now, here are the top 5 ingredients to avoid:

  1. High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)- HFCS, derived from corn syrup, contains a mixture of glucose and fructose. The main problem here is that HFCS is metabolized differently in the body compared to glucose. Our liver is the only organ that can metabolize small amounts of fructose and when fructose consumption is high, our liver is burdened and turns the fructose into fat. HFCS is a huge driver of inflammation and therefore frequent consumption can lead to a whole myriad of health issues.
  2. Sodium Nitrite - A chemical compound found in processed foods, can convert to something called nitrosamine Nitrosamine is a harmful chemical that has been linked to serious health issues such as stomach cancer and diabetes. 
  3. Sucralose- This artificial sweetener, commercially known as Splenda is the chemical combination of sucrose and chlorine. Yes, that is correct, it is sucrose mixed with chlorine. Researchers have come to the conclusion that sucralose has the ability to greatly decrease the beneficial bacteria in our gut thereby changing the composition of our microbiome and enzymes. The long term repercussions can include anything from IBS, and obesity to migraines and beyond. 
  4. Guar Gum- Say hello to one of the most common binding and thickening agents used in the food industry. In moderation, guar gum is not likely harmful. However, when you are consuming it day in and day out in your drinks and snacks, buyer beware. Guar gum can swell 10-20x its size and thereby cause issues along the intestinal tract. Many experience gas, bloating and cramps if consumed in excess.
  5. Partially Hydrogenated Oil - Partially hydrogenated oil or trans fat has long been associated with detrimental health effects in humans. Trans fat is a type of unsaturated fat that has undergone hydrogenation in order to increase shelf life and improve the consistency of the food product. Higher intake of trans fats has been associated with heart disease and diabetes. 

Would you like to see more posts like this discussing the ingredients you should look out for and try to avoid?

With love,