Just as parabens became an ingredient we have to eradicate from our skincare products, there are several compounds in food that we rarely pay attention to. Even if we wanted to read the food labels we wouldn’t know what to look for.
Reading food labels is something we all have to get used to. There are 4 ingredients listed in our essentials that nutritionists advise against, you have to avoid these preservatives when grocery shopping.
Isoflavones are found in soy foods and can cause reproductive problems, weight gain and fatigue. Isoflavones are similar to estrogen and can prevent ovulation and stimulate cancer cell growth. The phytoestrogens in isoflavones can cause breakouts around the mouth and jawline.
Carrageenan is found in coconut milk and almond milk and it is usually included to stabilize or thicken food. Exposure to carrageenans can cause intestinal inflammation and eventually lead to digestive problems.
3. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
If you read this on a label, don’t buy it. It is there to add flavor and mask the true taste of the food- it is partly manufactured chemicals and part glutamate –this combination can overexcite the nervous system and lead to headaches, migraines and inflammation. MSG is usually present in prepackaged, extra salty snacks.
4. Guar gum
Guar gum is a by-product of the guar bean that may lead to gastrointestinal conditions such as increased gas and abdominal discomfort in general. So stay away from guar gum especially if you have any digestive issues.
Print the previous list and take it with you every time you go shopping for groceries. Also, make sure to stock up on quinoa, avocado, wild salmon, lemon, blueberries, and fruit for a daily dose of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals.
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