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Why Chewing Gum Is Bad For Your Health?

November 21, 2017 by staff content in Health News with 2 Comments

Why You Should Stop Chewing GumWe’ve all been there. You just finished your delicious dinner or your cup of coffee while out with friends and all of a sudden you realize you have bad breath.

Heaven forbid you have to be anywhere close to someone to talk to them for fear that they’ll smell what you just ate or drank and always remember that experience!

So, what do you do? You reach in your purse or nudge a friend for a piece of chewing gum.

Now you can breathe a breath of fresh air (literally) knowing you won’t knock your friend over when you continue your conversation.

But can you really trust that the piece of gum you’ve just popped in your mouth is truly benefiting you or is it simply masking one problem while creating others?

Chewing gum may seem harmless, but you would be surprised at the damage this little stick can do to your body!

 

Ingredients

Why You Should Stop Chewing Gum

Bubblicious Gum, Strawberry

Artificial Sweeteners

Why You Should Stop Chewing Gum Artificial sweeteners have been controversial for quite a while.

On the one hand, they seem to provide a low or no calorie option for sweetness; on the other hand, artificial sweeteners have been shown to be appetite stimulants, increased calorie (via junk food) intake, and, ironically, promote weight gain.

Certain artificial sweeteners seem to be worse than others.

Aspartame, perhaps the most controversial one, contains phenylalanine which can be deadly to those with a certain serious health condition called phenylketonuria.

It has also been linked to brain tumors, cancers and birth defects.

Sucralose (commonly known as Splenda) is one that many who are aware of the dangers of aspartame will opt to consume, but it has its own dangers.

The FDA approved the use of sucralose after only two human studies were conducted.

What’s even crazier is that the longest of those two studies lasted a whopping four days!
Maltitol is another popular sugar alcohol in sugar-free gum.

It has been associated with gastrointestinal issues when consumed in large amounts.

Mannitol is a sweetener that also is a medication.

Other than sweetening gum, it also provides a pleasant and cooling mouthfeel.

It is poorly absorbed by the intestines when consumed and comes with an array of side effects when injected for medical purposes.
Acesulfame Potassium was approved for use in 1988, but the animal studies that were used for approval actually found a correlation between this sweetener and cancer.

Even an FDA staff member questioned whether the studies were definitive enough to allow this product for use in food.

 

Why You Should Stop Chewing Gum

Extra Fruit Sensations Gum

Artificial colors and flavors

Why You Should Stop Chewing Gum Artificial colors and flavors have been connected to an extensive number of health issues, especially in children.

Red, Blue and Yellow dyes are known to cause hyperactivity in children.

Artificial flavors are those that are created in a laboratory in order to mask the real taste of a food or drink.

For example, if you think you are eating peppermint, you aren’t actually consuming any real peppermint or peppermint oil.

What you’re tasting is a flavor that was lab-made and isn’t something the body was intended to process!

 

Why You Should Stop Chewing Gum

Doublemint Gum

GMO ingredients

Why You Should Stop Chewing Gum Any gums that do not explicitly state “Non-GMO” most likely have ingredients made from GMO products.

Genetically modified organisms can be damaging to the body and cause an array of health issues.

Many non-sugar-free gums contain sugar that most likely comes from GMO sugar beets or corn.

 

Why You Should Stop Chewing Gum

Winterfresh Gum

Other ingredients

Why You Should Stop Chewing GumGum base—this is what it sounds like…the part of the gum that gives it its “chew”.

It is made from food-grade polymers, elastomers, fillers and resins.

While most manufacturers do not reveal what their specific compositions entail, know that you could possibly be chewing on talc (yes, the same talc that has been linked to cancer), paraffin wax and polyvinyl acetate (carpenter’s glue).

Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)—this ingredient is one that you should consuming at all costs.

It is typically used in a variety of cosmetic ingredients as well as a food additive in the United States, but it is banned from use in other countries!

It has been linked to kidney and liver damage, cancer and hyperactivity in children.

Titanium dioxide—used to create a white color, oral use of titanium dioxide has been associated with autoimmune disorders, Crohn’s disease and asthma.

Calcium phosphate (calcium casein peptone)—this ingredient is mostly found in Trident gum as a whitener and texturizer.

It is derived from milk but it extremely processed.

There is very little known about this ingredient and its potential dangers, but casein is a known autoimmunity trigger and was connected to poisonings in infant formula in China.

 

Side Effects

Jaw issues

If you think about it, chewing gum is like exercising your mouth, so it makes sense that if you chew gum frequently, it can cause tension in your muscles and even muscle imbalance if you tend to chew on one side more than the other.

It can also cause or worsen temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).

 

Headaches

Headaches can occur in conjunction with jaw problems.

It has also been established that teenagers who chew gum suffer from frequent headaches.

A recent study showed a significant decrease in headaches of those who chewed gum between the ages of 6 and 19.

 

Eat more junk food

Some people use gum to try to curb their cravings, but the reality is that it can actually make them worse.

When you chew gum, you are signaling to your brain that food is on its way to your stomach even though nothing is being swallowed.

Your digestive juices begin preparing to receive food, but since no food is entering the stomach, you are left feeling hungry.

Research has also shown a correlation between chewing gum and diet.

Researchers found that those who did not chew gum had a more nutritious diet than those who did.

Non-gum-chewers were more inclined to choose fruits and vegetables than those who chewed gum.

This may be due to the fact that minty gum and fruit and vegetable flavors do not mix.

 

GI issues

Gastrointestinal issues are a known side-effect of the sugar alcohols in sugar-free gums, but GI problems may also be caused by the amount of excess air that is swallowed when chewing gum.

Bloating, diarrhea and other types of GI distress can occur.

 

Damage Teeth

Sugar-free gums are touted to help prevent tooth decay in some cases, but the reality is that the acidic flavors and preservatives can lead to dental decay (not necessarily cavities).

Dental erosion/decay is the decalcification of your teeth—they dissolve.

Sugary gums allow sugar to be in contact with your teeth for an extended period of time which can clearly cause all sorts of dental issues.

Not only does it do damage to your teeth, if you have mercury fillings, chewing gum can cause the mercury to leach out of the fillings! One study revealed “…chewing gum has been shown to increase the release rate of mercury vapor from dental amalgam fillings…the impact of excessive chewing on mercury levels was considerable.”

The mercury enters your bloodstream and wreaks havoc on your body!

 

What to Do Instead

While it is true that you do not typically swallow your gum, these ingredients and chemicals that we have discussed can still be absorbed into the body during the chewing process making gum something you want to avoid altogether.

This is looking pretty bleak for gum lovers.

What can you do instead? There are a few natural options out there that go beyond masking bad breath—they can cure it!
If you have them around, chewing fresh mint leaves always provides that nice, fresh feeling.

Fennel seeds are a great option for post-dinner or coffee breath freshening.

They quickly freshen up your mouth and can be swallowed instead of being spit out because they are a natural food.

Always be aware of what you are putting into your body by reading the ingredient labels!

As you have seen, even something as seemingly innocent as chewing gum can have devastating effects on your health! Especially your digestive health!

 

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Store-Bought Fruit Juice Brands to Avoid

November 17, 2017 by staff content in Health News with 3 Comments

Store-Bought Fruit Juice Brands to AvoidFor most households, fruit juice is a staple in the fridge.

It is an easy, inexpensive purchase that is usually accompanied with health benefit claims.

Unfortunately, your fruit juice may not be as healthy as you are led to believe.

It is important to read and understand every aspect of fruit juice labeling in order to best choose a fruit juice that fits you and your family’s health needs.

 

Labels

If you look at the juice options in your grocery store, you will see labels that say, “fruit juice”, “fruit beverage”, “fruit cocktail”, “100% fruit juice” and “all natural”.

You may even see a beautiful picture of the fruits that should be in that juice, but beware—the marketing teams for those companies know exactly how to make you believe you are getting the best quality ingredients when the truth may be a little different.

Let’s talk about each label and what it actually means.

100% Fruit Juice

This label can be so deceiving.

It really does sound like the drink is entirely composed of the juice of fruits, but did you know that these drinks can also contain other additives and flavorings?

Last time we checked, “100%” should indicate that there are no other ingredients.

An example is V8 Original Vegetable Juice.

On the front of the container, it claims to be “100% vegetable juice”, but apparently that only means about 98% is vegetable juice since it “contains 2% or less of: salt, vitamin C (ascorbic acid), natural flavoring, citric acid”.

Clearly, the process involved adding more than just veggie juice.

Fruit Juice Beverage

Fruit juice that is qualified with “beverage”, “cocktail” or “blend” does not contain only juice from fruits.

These deceptively labeled drinks could have just about any percentage of juice, meaning you may not be getting much actual juice from fruits.

According to the FDA, the percentage of juice is required to be on the label somewhere except in the circumstances that “(a) the product is described using the term ‘flavor’ or ‘flavored,’ (b) the term ‘juice’ is not used other than in the ingredient list, and (c) the beverages do not otherwise give the impression they contain juice such as with the use of explicit vignettes on the label or physical resemblance of the beverage to juice such as pulp.”

From Concentrate (or reconstituted)

Beverages that are made from reconstituted juice should be avoided for a few reasons.

A juice concentrate is made by heating fruit juices in order to remove the water.

Once that has occurred, it is shipped to another facility where water (typically in the same amount removed) is re-added with additional ingredients to make the juice that you will buy from the store.

During that heating process, key nutrients are heated out of the juice.

Not from Concentrate

While this seems to be healthier at first glance since it does not contain reconstituted fruit, don’t be fooled into thinking it is always better! For example, many orange juice bottles have this claim on them, but did you know that when the orange juice is being stored before bottling, it can remain in giant tanks without oxygen for up to a year?! As you can imagine, the juice begins to seriously lose its flavor.

To fix this problem, the company will add “flavor packs” to boost the taste, and you will never know because it is not required to be on the ingredient label since the flavor packs technically come from orange essence or oil. And you thought you were getting fresh orange juice straight from the orange.

Pasteurized juice

Some exchange the word “pasteurize” for “de-nutritionized” in an effort to simply, yet effectively convey the reality of pasteurization.

Juice is pasteurized in an effort to remove any potentially harmful bacteria that may have grown during the processing period.

Unfortunately, it also removes any helpful or beneficial nutrients.

So, if your juice is made from concentrate and pasteurized, almost no nutrients remain from the original fruit, meaning it has to be added back in at the end of the processing.

GMOs

If you notice the ingredient label of not only fruit juices, but many other foods and beverages, many of them will contain an ingredient called “citric acid”.

You would think these ingredient is derived from citrus-y foods like lemons and limes, but sadly, you would be wrong.

Citric acid is typically created from genetically engineered sugar beets and corn whose glucose is fermented in a lab. Some companies even add sugar and high fructose corn syrup which are most likely derived from GMO sugar beets and corn.

Not only are GMO products treated with pesticides, but the damage they may cause on the human body has never been tested long-term.

Even without long-term testing, however, they have been found to be linked to allergies, autoimmune disorders and infertility.

Deceptive labels

Some bottles of fruit juice make claims like “23 blueberries, 3 ½ apples and 1 banana in each serving”.

This really makes it sound like they blended these fruits together and then packaged it into a cute bottle, but the reality is that these fruits have been blended from concentrated fruits.

The amounts listed are just estimates made by the company.

 

What is the best kind of juice to buy?

Many of the juices you come across in the store are not ideal for buying, but if you look, you can find some that will benefit your body and add key nutrients to your diet.

When determining whether or not to purchase a specific beverage, think through this criteria:

 

  • Choose juices labelled “100% fruit juice” and have no other added ingredients on the ingredient list.
  • Juices that are cloudy and have sediment at the bottom contain more of the fruit’s pulp, skin and/or seeds.
  • These drinks will contain more nutrients.
  • Choose organic juices to avoid pesticides in your drink.
  • Choose high-quality “common” juices like orange juice or apple juice.
  • Make sure there is no added sugar as fruit is already naturally sweet.
  • Buy “cold pressed” juice. A 2011 study in Food Chemistry found that cold-pressed apple juice contained almost eight times more vitamin C than pasteurized apple juice.

 

Juice Brands from Worse to Best

Here are brands categorized from worst to best:

  • Fruit Juice Brands to AvoidNon-organic pasteurized
    V8, Naked Juice, Zico, Odwalla, POM, Simply Orange, Bolthouse Farms, Tropicana, Ocean Spray, Minute Maid, Mott’s, Del Monte, Welch’s, Trader Joe’s
  • Fruit Juice Brands to AvoidOrganic (from concentrate or with additives)
    Santa Cruz, 365 Brand (some), Lakewood (some), Honest Kids, Purity, Trader Joe’s (some)
  • Fruit Juice Brands to Avoid100% Organic not from concentrate
    Uncle Matt’s, 365 Brand, Lakewood, Bolthouse Farms (some), Odwalla (some), Trader Joe’s (some)
  • Fruit Juice Brands to AvoidFresh Raw Organic (Cold-pressed or High Pressure processing)
    Those made fresh on-site, Suja Juice, Suja Elements, Juice Press, Organic Avenue, Luna’s Living Kitchen, Viva Raw

Next time you plan on purchasing fruit juice with the goal of bumping up your daily nutrient intake, be sure to check out what you are really purchasing.

If you buy juices that are not nutrient-dense or are low-quality, you might as well be buying sugary sodas.

Choose the best juices for your best health!

 

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The Dangerous Truth about E-cigarettes

November 14, 2017 by staff content in Health News with 0 Comments

The-Dangerous-Truth-about-E-cigarettesE-cigarettes have become a popular alternative to traditional smoking.

When they first came out on the market, they seemed like a great way to slowly ease out of smoking, save some money that would normally be spent on cigarettes or provide a “healthier” way to smoke.

The reality is this couldn’t be further from the truth.

E-cigarettes have their own dangers that smokers need to be aware of before switching.

 

What are e-cigarettes?

For those who have not come across these before, e-cigarettes (otherwise known as vapes, vaporizers, electronic cigarettes, vape pens or hookah pens) are electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) that typically contain nicotine, flavorings, propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin and some other ingredients that are heated to form an aerosol inhaled by the user.

Every aspect of the production of the components and parts of ENDS is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

This includes any e-liquids, e-liquid containers, cartridges, batteries, cartomizers/clearomizers, atomizers, digital display or lights, tank systems, drip tips, flavorings and programmable software.

As of right now, there is no nicotine warning required for e-cigs, but beginning in August 2018, one is required for all “covered tobacco products” stating that nicotine is an addictive chemical.
Even though ENDS are like cigarettes in that they may only be sold to adults over 18 years old, a rising number of middle and high-school aged students are using them.

In 2016, over 2 million middle and high-school aged students reported using e-cigarettes.

This is especially dangerous since their brains are still developing and maturing and the ingredients in ENDS could play a damaging role.

 

Why are these ingredients dangerous?

There are a significant number of studies that discuss the addictive and dangerous nature of nicotine so covering that seems slightly repetitive, but it is still worth doing.

Nicotine toxicity can occur from both ingestion and skin contact and can lead to “overdose” symptoms like rapid heartbeat, nausea, increased blood pressure, vomiting, diarrhea, confusion, dizziness, possible seizures, coma and death.

Not only is it dangerous to the user, but liquid nicotine used for ENDS can be especially dangerous, or even deadly, to children if it is left in a place where little hands can reach.

Other ingredients pose hazardous threats as well.

Propylene glycol is a chemical that is found in many products including antifreeze, some cushions and paints.

It is considered “generally recognized as safe” by the FDA for oral consumption (it is a food additive as well), but studies on the effects of inhalation are lacking.

When heated at high temperatures, it has been found that propylene glycol converts to formaldehyde, a known carcinogen.

One study found that ENDS that use 3.3 volts or less do not produce formaldehyde, so be aware of that if you or someone you know is going to use e-cigarettes.

The U.S. Surgeon General also revealed that apart from nicotine and propylene glycol, e-cigs can contain “ultrafine particles” that can be inhaled deep into the lungs; flavoring such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to a serious lung disease; volatile organic compounds such as benzene, which is found in car exhaust; and heavy metals, such as nickel, tin, and lead.”

Because there have not been enough long-term studies to determine the health impact of these ingredients, it is not wise to assume that they are safe.

Not only do these added ingredients have potentially harmful side effects, but one study also found ingredients not listed that could be dangerous.

Using gas or liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry, most ingredients that were not intended to be in the e-liquids were found in amounts lower than what is considered toxic, but one manufacturer’s liquids contained levels of ethylene glycol that were higher than the glycerol or propylene glycol.

This seems to be evident of improper manufacturing, but does not change the fact that ethylene glycol has not been approved in any amount for human consumption.

E-cigarette vapors have been found to create antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Laura Crotty Alexander, a pulmonary and critical care physician and scientist exposed methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) to e-cig vapors She found that these bacteria, which are already antibiotic-resistant and can cause pneumonia, were even more difficult to kill with a natural antibiotic made in people’s bodies.

One of the reasons for this is that the bacteria that had been exposed to these vapors developed a thicker biofilm coating for protection.

Smoking e-cigarettes can lead to regular cigarette use.
As with any addictive chemical, nicotine use over time results in the need for a stronger hit.

In one study, a quarter of teens who vaped reported using a method called “dripping”.

This involves putting the e-liquid directly onto the heating element (atomizer) for three reasons: to produce a more intense and concentrated vapor, improve the flavor and to create a stronger throat hit.

With the need for a more concentrated nicotine “blast”, moving on to regular cigarettes is the next logical step.

Studies are finding that students who had used ENDS by the ninth grade were very likely to smoke cigarettes within the following year.

While it is illegal for minors to purchase an electronic nicotine delivery system in stores and online, studies have found that many minors have been successful at purchasing e-cigarettes online because 95% of the time, the packages are delivered with no age verification upon delivery.

It is clear that there are dangers to using e-cigarettes that need to be considered before purchasing them.

If you are switching from cigarette use to an electronic nicotine delivery system, research has shown that this can be a beneficial move, but they should be avoided entirely for non-tobacco users as they can be a gateway to regular cigarette use and compromise health.

 

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Are You Using Toxic Storage Containers?

November 11, 2017 by staff content in Health News with 6 Comments

Best and worst Storage containersFood storage containers come in all shapes and sizes.

They also come in many levels of good-for-you.

From the cheapest dollar-store plastic to the most expensive glassware or stainless steel, they come at all costs.

However, food storage containers can also have a cost to your health.

Plastic containers, even those advertised as safe are often full of dangerous chemicals.

Here are some alternatives to plastic that will help you buy the healthiest containers.

 

Worst containers – avoid at all costs

Avoid anything with BPA. Bisphenol-A (BPA) was used for many years to harden plastics and as the lining in aluminum cans used for food storage.

In the past 10 years, it was found that BPA would leach into your food, a process that increases 55% when the container is heated.

Most disturbingly it has been found in microwaveable food dishes, baby bottles, and the lining of baby formula cans.

Bisphenol-A has a lot of known side effects.

It acts as a hormone in your body, altering the delicate balance of your endocrine system.

We know that it causes reproductive issues, such as problems conceiving, low sperm count, and embryonic death.

It has also been linked to breast cancer growth, and metabolic syndrome (diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol).

 

Plastic containers – avoid if possible

Every plastic container and bottle available now carries a bright, colorful “BPA FREE” label, which is great.

Or is it? Removing an extremely toxic compound is a terrific step, but what has BPA been replaced with? Quite frequently it is replaced with Bisphenol-S or BPS.

It is thought of as safer, but in recent studies it has been found in the urine of participants, indicating that it too leaches into your food.

Alternatively, if the plastic is entirely Bisphenol-free, it often contains the following chemicals.

Phthalates
These plastic additives are known to be endocrine disruptors like BPA.

They have also been linked to liver damage and cancer, fetal death, and testicular damage.

PVC
Polyvinyl Chloride can leach lead and mercury into your food when heated.

It also releases compounds called dioxins. Dioxins rank among the most carcinogenic chemicals in the world, which means they cause cancer in living tissue.

Styrene
Short-term exposure to Styrene can cause eye, throat, and nose irritation.

Long-term exposure, however, acts on your central nervous system. It can cause migraines, muscle weakness, mental illness, and nerve pain.

PBDEs
Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers are another set of endocrine disruptors, and they also decrease your thyroid and liver function.

Acetaldehyde
Acetaldehyde is a pretty scary chemical. It naturally occurs in your body when your liver processes ethanol (alcohol).

It causes all of the symptoms of a hangover, including a headache, dehydration, dry mouth, sore eyes, and upset stomach.

When you are exposed to a constant dose of Acetaldehyde through its use in plastics it can cause the same long-term issues as chronic alcohol abuse.

Liver damage, gout, and stomach problems are among the first to pop up.

But Acetaldehyde doesn’t stop there. A recent study showed that it actually damages your body on a cellular level.

It binds with proteins in your body and damages the cell walls as well as the mitochondria inside.

This triggers an autoimmune response, spreading inflammation throughout your body.

 

Best containers – Use freely

Glass and stainless steel are fantastic alternatives for plastic food storage containers.

You can even get baby bottles made from glass, covered in silicone to help prevent breakage.

Here are some benefits of choosing a plastic alternative to store your food.

Glass
The best thing about glass is that it is non-porous.

This means that it won’t absorb any orders or stains from your lunch, and it also won’t leach anything out into it.

It can also be made safe to heat in the microwave or oven by adding borosilicate, which protects it from shattering when rapidly changing temperature.

Using glass, or glass in combination with stainless steel or silicone lids is a terrific choice for storing your food.

It has the added bonus of being clear so you can see exactly what’s inside.

Here are a few different glass products you can use:


– Glass Mason Jars

– Glass and silicon storage
– Pyrex glass containers with Lid
– Glasslock oven-safe food storage
– Life Proof water bottles and baby bottles

Stainless Steel
Stainless steel is a terrific material for food storage.

It’s much lighter than glass so it’s great for carrying with you to work or school.

You can use stainless steel containers on the stovetop, but please don’t put metal in the microwave.

It is often used with silicone to create lidded containers that won’t leak; it also won’t absorb any smells or stains.

Stainless Steel can be expensive, but they will last forever, can go in the dishwasher, and won’t break if dropped.

When choosing stainless containers make sure the lid is stainless or silicone, not plastic.

A few brands of stainless steel containers are:
– Stainless good container
– Planet Box Bento box
– Klean Kanteen water bottle (you can even get a sippy lid for the kids!)
– Stainless drinking glasses
– Airtight stainless steel containers for dry goods storage

Silicone
Silicone is a terrific plastic alternative. It is non-porous and doesn’t easily stain.

Because it is naturally flexible (and we don’t want it if it’s been altered with some of the above chemicals to make it hard!) it is perfect for lids and seals.

It is not guaranteed to be 100% leach-proof so it’s best to stick to small doses and not have it in constant contact with your food.

Waxed materials
Waxed food wrap is just that, 100% cotton fabric that has been treated with beeswax to make it waterproof.

It is perfect as an alternative to plastic wrap. You can get it in different sizes and use it to wrap sandwiches, fruit and vegetables, and other snacks.

It’s easily hand washed and dried, and reusable for many years.

Make sure to look for organic cotton, and try and check out the source of the beeswax to ensure it’s collected in a humane way.

It’s pretty clear that plastics are on their way out.

People are educating themselves on alternatives after facing too many health scares from plastics.

Choosing glass and stainless steel as your main sources of food storage will not only lower your environmental impact, but it will keep you healthy.

Pick these plastic alternatives for the safety of yourself and your family. It’s a worthwhile investment.

 

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Never Eat These Chocolates (Brands, Toxins and Ingredients To Watch Out)

November 7, 2017 by staff content in Health News with 22 Comments

Worst Chocolates To EatChocolate. Even just thinking about decadent, rich treat makes those with a major sweet tooth begin to salivate.

It is one of those rare indulgences that can truly be beneficial to your body, but only if you are eating the right kind.

Not so surprisingly, most chocolate companies, especially the popular, cheap ones, use cheap ingredients that can wreak havoc on your body instead of benefiting it.

Harmful ingredients are found in brands like Hershey’s, Mars, Nestle, Godiva, Ghiradelli and Russell Stover.

Sadly, paying premium prices does not always mean premium ingredients.

 

Ingredients worth avoiding

High Fructose Corn Syrup—it is no secret that this ingredient has been linked to some serious health issues and should be avoided at all costs.

Princeton University published a study linking HCFS to higher weight gain than other sugars.

Partially Hydrogenated Oils (Trans fat)—These fats are made by adding hydrogen to an oil which changes its chemical make-up to one that is more olid and saturated.

Trans fat has been found to be a dangerous ingredient linked to significantly increased risks of heart disease.

As small as a daily 40 calorie increase in trans fat showed a 23% increased risk.

When checking out your food label, look for ingredients like “partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil/ palm oil/ soybean oil/ vegetable oil/ canola oil”, “trans fats” or “trans fatty acids”.

The National Academies of Science has stated about trans fats,

“…since they are not essential and provide no known health benefit, there is no safe level of trans fats, and people should eat as little of them as possible…”

This ingredient is found in far too many sweet, processed foods, including many of the above chocolate brands.

Genetically Modified Organisms—GMOs have been the topic of conversation for quite a few years now.

Unfortunately, unless you choose an organic brand of chocolate, it is difficult to know which ingredients, if any, are non-GMO since candy products are not required to be labeled.

Some GMO foods have been linked to serious health issues including allergic reactions, cancer, toxicity and reproductive issues.

One ingredient commonly found in candy bars called soy lecithin is made from one of the most commonly genetically engineered ingredients on the planet—soy.

Growth Hormone—it is very likely that your favorite candy bar has been made with milk containing Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH).

This hormone is strictly used to increase milk production in cows, but the problem with that is that it has been shown to cause major health problems for those cows.

Mastitis is one of those health problems and occurs when one or many milk ducts become clogged and then infected.

The pus from that infection can leak into the milk as well as any antibiotics used to treat the infection.

This is absolutely something that needs to be avoided as rBGH milk contains excess levels of the natural growth factor (IGF-1).

IGF-1 is easily absorbed through the gut, and excess levels have been shown to cause breast, colon and prostate cancers as well as contribute to the decreased ability of the body to naturally defend against early submicroscopic cancers.

To ensure you are not eating a chocolate bar with rBGH milk, buy an organic brand.

Artificial colors—sometimes it seems like artificial colors are mentioned every time a poor food choice is discussed.

While these colors are pretty obvious in candies like M&Ms or other multi-colored candies, you may be surprised to know that they can also be found in brown chocolate candies as well.

One example is Godiva’s 8 piece gold box and Russell Stover’s pecan clusters.

These candies are made with so many unnatural ingredients that the end result color is not brown so they have to add coloring to make it look natural.

Artificial food coloring has been linked to cancers and hyperactivity in children.

Artificial flavors—again, another topic that seems to pop up frequently, artificial flavors are developed in labs and have never been reviewed by the FDA for their safety.

One purpose of these flavors is to make you believe you are eating something that is sweet when it wouldn’t originally taste sweet.

 

Lead and Cadmium

A non-profit organization called As You Sow is one that has a mission to hold companies accountable when it comes to the safety and quality of their ingredients.

They had an independent laboratory test 50 different chocolate products and found that 35 of those 50 contained lead and cadmium amounts that are above the levels considered safe according to the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act.

This is EXTREMELY problematic as both lead and cadmium have well-documented negative health impacts.

Some of the brands that contained high amounts of these heavy metals include Hershey’s, Earth Circle Foods, Ghirardelli, Cadbury, Lindt, Trader Joe’s, Godiva, Mars and Whole Foods.

Have a look at the chart below provided by As You Sow that shows each of the products they tested.

 

Manufacturer Product Warning Required
albertsonsAlbertson’s, LLC (SuperValu, Inc.) Wild Harvest Organic Rich Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix No warning required
ritter-sportAlfred Ritter Gmbh & Co Kg Ritter Sport 73% Cocoa Fine Extra Dark Chocolate with fine cocoa from Ecuador Lead and Cadmium*
Bissingers-Handcrafted-ChocolatierBissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier Bissinger’s All natural 60% dark chocolate, whole almonds Lead*
Cadbury-Uk-LtdCadbury Uk Ltd Cadbury Mini Eggs Royal Dark Dark Chocolate With A Crisp Sugar Shell Lead*
Cadbury-Uk-LtdCadbury Uk Ltd Cadbury Royal Dark Dark Chocolate Indulgent Semi-Sweet Lead*
Creative-Natural-Products-IncCreative Natural Products, Inc. Chocolove Extra Strong Dark Chocolate- 77% Cocoa Content Lead*
Creative-Natural-Products-IncCreative Natural Products, Inc. Chocolove Strong Dark Chocolate Bar 70% Cocoa Content Lead*
DeMets-Candy-CompanyDeMet’s Candy Company Flipz 50% cacao Dark Chocolate Covered Pretzels No warning required
Earth-Circle-Foods-Dba-River-Canyon-Retreat-IncEarth Circle Foods Dba River Canyon Retreat Inc. Earth Circle Organics Organic Balinese Cacao Nibs Cold Pressed Cadmium
Endangered-Species-Chocolate-LLCEndangered Species Chocolate, LLC Endangered Species Chocolate Natural Dark Chocolate with 88% Cocoa Lead and Cadmium*
Endangered-Species-Chocolate-LLCEndangered Species Chocolate, LLC Endangered Species Chocolate Natural Dark Chocolate (72% Cocoa) Lead*
Equal-Exchange-IncEqual Exchange, Inc. Equal Exchange Organic & Fairly Traded Dark Chocolate Very Dark (71% Cacao) Lead and Cadmium
Ferrero-USA-IncFerrero USA Inc. Ferrero Collection Fine assorted Confections No warning required
Ghirardelli-Chocolate-CompanyGhirardelli Chocolate Company Ghirardelli Chocolate Intense Dark Twilight Delight (72% Cacao) Cadmium*
Ghirardelli-Chocolate-CompanyGhirardelli Chocolate Company Ghirardelli Chocolate Premium Baking Bar 100% Cacao Unsweetened Chocolate Lead and Cadmium*
Ghirardelli-Chocolate-CompanyGhirardelli Chocolate Company Ghiradelli Intense Dark Midnight Reverie (86% Cacao) No warning required
Ghirardelli-Chocolate-CompanyGhirardelli Chocolate Company Ghirardelli Chocolate Milk Chocolate Eggs No warning required*
Ghirardelli-Chocolate-CompanyGhirardelli Chocolate Company Ghirardelli Chocolate Premium Baking Bar 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate No warning required*
Godiva-Chocolatier-IncGodiva Chocolatier, Inc. Godiva Chocolatier 50% Cacao Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Lead
Godiva-Chocolatier-IncGodiva Chocolatier, Inc. Godiva Chocolatier 85% Cacao Extra Dark Chocolate Lead and Cadmium
Godiva-Chocolatier-IncGodiva Chocolatier, Inc. Godiva Chocolatier 72% Cacao Dark Chocolate Lead*
Hershey-CompanyHershey Company Scharffen Berger Semisweet Fine Artisan Dark Chocolate (62% cacao) Cadmium*
Hershey-CompanyHershey Company Scharffen Berger Extra Dark Fine Artisan Dark Chocolate (82% cacao) Cadmium*
Hershey-CompanyHershey Company Dagoba Organic Chocolate Eclipse Extra Strong Dark Chocolate (87% Cacao) Lead and Cadmium*
Hershey-CompanyHershey Company Dagoba Organic Chocolate New Moon Rich Dark Chocolate (74% Cacao) Lead and Cadmium*
Hershey-CompanyHershey Company Hershey’s Special Dark Mildly Sweet Chocolate Lead*
Hershey-CompanyHershey Company Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolate No warning required*
Hershey-CompanyHershey Company Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Eggs No warning required*
Hershey-CompanyHershey Company Hershey’s Solid Milk Chocolate Snapsy Snap-Apart Bunny Easy To Snap And Share No warning required*
Jo's-CandiesJo’s Candies Jo’s Candies Dark Chocolate Covered Graham Crackers All Natural No warning required
Kraft-Foods-Global-IncKraft Foods Global, Inc. Cote D’Or 86% Noir Brut Belgian Dark Chocolate Confection Lead and Cadmium*
Kraft-Foods-Global-IncKraft Foods Group, Inc. Toblerone Swiss Milk Chocolate Bar with Honey and Almond Nougat No warning required
Lake-Champlain-ChocolatesLake Champlain Chocolates Lake Champlain Chocolates Dark Chocolate Organic (57% Cocoa) Lead and Cadmium*
Lindt-&-Sprungli-(Usa)-IncLindt & Sprungli (Usa) Inc. Lindt Excellence 70% Cocoa Smooth Dark Chocolate Bar Lead and Cadmium*
Lindt-&-Sprungli-(Usa)-IncLindt & Sprungli (Usa) Inc. Lindt Excellence 85% Cocoa Extra Dark Chocolate Bar Lead and Cadmium*
Lindt-&-Sprungli-(Usa)-IncLindt & Sprungli (USA) Inc. Lindt Excellence A Touch of Sea Salt Dark (with Fleur de Sel sea salt crystals) No warning required
Lindt-&-Sprungli-(Usa)-IncLindt & Sprungli Gmbh (Germany) Lindt Gold Bunny Milk Chocolate No warning required*
Mars-IncorporatedMars, Incorporated Snickers No warning required
Mars-IncorporatedMars, Incorporated CocoaVia Daily Cocoa Extract Supplement No warning required
Mars-IncorporatedMars, Incorporated Dove Silky Smooth Dark Chocolate Bar Cadmium*
Mars-IncorporatedMars, Incorporated Dove Eggs Dark Chocolate Silky Smooth Lead and Cadmium*
Mars-IncorporatedMars, Incorporated Snickers Bar No warning required*
Mars-IncorporatedMars, Incorporated Dove Solid Milk Chocolate Bunny Silky Smooth No warning required*
Mars-IncorporatedMars, Incorporated M&M’s Chocolate Candies Milk Chocolate, Made with Real Milk Chocolate No warning required*
Mondelez-International-IncMondelez International, Inc. Green & Black’s Organic Dark 85% Cacao Bar Lead and Cadmium*
Mondelez-International-IncMondelez International, Inc. Green & Black’s Organic Milk Chocolate (34% Cacao) No warning required
Mondelez-International-IncMondelez International, Inc. Toblerone of Switzerland Milk Chocolate with Honey and Almond Nougat No warning required*
Mondelez-International-IncMondelez International, Inc. Green & Black’s Organic Milk Chocolate (34% Cacao) No warning required*
Moonstruck-Chocolate-CoMoonstruck Chocolate Co Moonstruck Solid Dark Chocolate Hand-Painted Calico Bunny Lead*
Moonstruck-Chocolate-CoMoonstruck Chocolate Co. Moonstruck Dark Chocolate Chile Variado (68% cacao) Lead
Nestle-Holdings-IncNestle Holdings, Inc. Nestle Crunch No warning required
Nestle-Holdings-IncNestle Holdings, Inc. Ovaltine Classic Malt Mix No warning required
Nestle-Holdings-IncNestle Holdings, Inc. Nestle Crunch Milk Chocolate with Crisped Rice No warning required*
Newman's-Own-OrganicsNewman’s Own Organics- The Second Generation, Inc. Newman’s Own Organics The Second Generation Super Dark Chocolate Premium Organic Chocolate 70% Cocoa Lead and Cadmium*
Russell-Stover-Candies-LLCRussell Stover Candies, LLC Russell Stover Milk Chocolate Break-Apart Bunny No warning required*
See's-Candies-IncSee’s Candies, Inc. See’s Candies Premium Extra Dark Chocolate Bar 62% Cacao Lead and Cadmium*
See's-Candies-IncSee’s Candies, Inc. See’s Candies 4.5 oz Sitting Rabbit Dark Chocolate Lead*
Starbucks-CorporationStarbucks Corporation Starbucks Dark Chocolate covered grahams No warning required*
Taza-ChocolateTaza Chocolate Taza Wicked Dark 95% Stone Ground Organic Chocolate Cadmium*
Taza-ChocolateTaza Chocolate Taza Mexicano Super Dark Direct Trade 85% Dark Lead and Cadmium
Hershey-CompanyThe Hershey Company Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolate No warning required
Hershey-CompanyThe Hershey Company Reese’s Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups No warning required
The-Kroger-CoThe Kroger Co. Private Selection 72% cacao Dark Chocolate Swiss Bar Lead and Cadmium
Theo-ChocolateTheo Chocolate Theo Organic Fair Trade Pure 85% Dark Chocolate Cadmium*
Trader-Joe's-CompanyTrader Joe’s Company Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Bar Toffee With Walnuts and Pecans (70% cacao) Lead
Trader-Joe's-CompanyTrader Joe’s Company Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate 73% Cacao Super Dark Lead and Cadmium*
Trader-Joe's-CompanyTrader Joe’s Company Trader Joe’s The Dark Chocolate Lover’s Chocolate Bar 85% Cacao Lead and Cadmium*
Trader-Joe's-CompanyTrader Joe’s Company Trader Joe’s Swiss 72% Cacao Dark Chocolate Lead*
Trader-Joe's-CompanyTrader Joe’s Company Trader Joe’s Pound Plus 72% Cacao Dark Chocolate Lead*
Trader-Joe's-CompanyTrader Joe’s Company Trader Joe’s Pound Plus- Dark Chocolate Lead*
Trader-Joe's-CompanyTrader Joe’s Company Trader Joe’s Single Origin Chocolate Passport Tanzania 73% Cacao Lead and Cadmium*
Trader-Joe's-CompanyTrader Joe’s Company Trader Joe’s Single Origin Chocolate Passport Sao Tome 70% Cacao Lead*
Trader-Joe's-CompanyTrader Joe’s Company Trader Joe’s Single Origin Chocolate Passport Papua New Guinea 70% Cacao Lead and Cadmium*
Trader-Joe's-CompanyTrader Joe’s Company Trader Joe’s Single Origin Chocolate Passport Dominican Republic 70% Cacao Lead and Cadmium*
Trader-Joe's-CompanyTrader Joe’s Company Trader Joe’s Single Origin Chocolate Passport Ghana 70% Cacao Lead*
Trader-Joe's-CompanyTrader Joe’s Company Trader Joe’s Single Origin Chocolate Passport Venezuela 70% Cacao Lead and Cadmium*
Trader-Joe's-CompanyTrader Joe’s Company Trader Joe’s Single Origin Chocolate Passport Ecuador 66% Cacao Lead and Cadmium*
Trader-Joe's-CompanyTrader Joe’s Company Trader Joe’s Single Origin Chocolate Passport Peru 60% Cacao Lead and Cadmium*
Vosges-LtdVosges, Ltd. Wild Ophelia All Natural New Orleans Chili Dark Chocolate Bar (70% cacao) Lead
Whitman's-Candies-IncWhitman’s Candies, Inc. Whitman’s Solid Milk Chocolate Rabbit No warning required*
Whole-Foods-Market-IncWhole Foods Market, Inc. Whole Foods 72% cacao Organic Dark Chocolate & Almond Tanzania Schoolhouse Project Lead and Cadmium
Whole-Foods-Market-IncWhole Foods Market, Inc. 365 Everyday Value Organic Dark Chocolate Coconut 56% Cacao Lead and Cadmium*


What can you do?

Clearly, there is a need for high quality chocolate that will actually benefit your body instead of damaging it.

Thankfully, several companies have stepped up and developed chocolate treats that are made from organic, real ingredients.

These companies offer clean alternatives to most favorites.

They are: Alter EcoSjaaks Organic ChocolatesUnReal CandyJustin’sSun CupsTheo ChocolateEqual Exchange ChocolateChocolove’s Organic BarsSalazon Chocolate Co.

Green & Black’s Organic The next time you’re ready to indulge in a sweet, chocolatey treat, choose one that will both satisfy your craving and provide wonderful nutrients!

 

Have you eaten any of these chocolates before and suffered from any digestive issues like, gas, constipation indigestion, go to the next page and learn about the 3 tips to heal your digestive system…

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About the Author:

Emma Deangela is the best selling author of The Alkaline Diet Program and 80/20 Fat Loss. She has helped over tens of thousands of men and women to lose weight and transform their health with sound nutrition advice. Check out her 4 foods to never eat for breakfast video to lose more than 18 lbs in 3 weeks.

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