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Microwave Popcorn – The Hidden Dangers

October 21, 2017 by staff content in Health News with 0 Comments

bowl of microwaved popcornMicrowave popcorn is the ultimate convenience snack.

It’s salty, crunchy, and easy to make.

It comes in all sorts of flavors both savory and sweet and it’s perfect for curling up with anytime.

However, this convenience comes at a cost to you and your health.

Many of the popular brands of microwave popcorn contain ingredients that are extremely bad for you.

Even the so-called ‘healthy’ or ‘light’ brands have them, usually as preservatives, oils to pop the corn or the stuff that gives it that delicious buttery taste.

 

What makes it so dangerous?

There are three main components of microwave popcorn.

First is the corn itself, and the oil that gets heated to make it pop.

Second is the flavoring and coloring that gives microwave popcorn that crave-worthy look and taste.

Last are the preservatives that are used to make sure the corn and oil don’t spoil before you heat and eat it.

Trans Fats! You’ve heard that phrase before.

Companies all over the world are working to eliminate trans fats from their products because of the health risks that come from eating them.

Did you know that they can be found in your microwave popcorn? Anything with the words ‘hydrogenated’ or ‘partially-hydrogenated’ oil is going to contain trans fats.

Hydrogenation is the process in which trans fats are created.

In the past, it was done to make oils spreadable (think margarine) or shelf-stable (think baked goods), but that process also causes the fats to be incredibly harmful to our health.

Trans fats have been directly linked to increasing your chance of metabolic syndrome –

diabetes, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol all fall under this umbrella.

Soybean, canola, sunflower, and safflower oil are all popular choices for hydrogenation.

These oils are common for microwave popcorn because they can sit on the shelf at the store for a long time without going bad.

They also give a very ‘buttery’ flavor to your snack.

Popcorn brings to mind a salty, buttery crunch that can’t be beaten.

But how does corn popped in the microwave get that delicious flavor?

Butter spoils way too quickly, so manufacturers turn to chemistry to find a substitute.

The problem with current ingredient regulations is that companies don’t have to disclose which natural and/or artificial flavorings they use,

so you truly have no idea what is in your delicious bags of goodness.

Your snack could contain MSG, animal secretions (does beaver anal gland sound delicious?), and diacetyl, which we’ll get to in a minute.

MSG or monosodium glutamate is a salty flavoring used in numerous products.

It has also been linked to an immense amount of allergic reactions.

These reactions include migraines, upset stomach, hives, breathing trouble, and anaphylaxis.

Animal secretions are technically a ‘natural’ flavoring, but why would anyone want to ingest that?

Diacetyl, however, is the biggest bad in this scenario.

It is the most-used artificial butter flavoring.

It also causes what is called ‘popcorn lung’ – bronchiolitis obliterans – a severe lung disease that can reduce lung function by 60%.

This is caused by inhaling diacetyl after it’s been heated and vaporized, exactly what happens when you open the bag of microwave popcorn and take a deep sniff.

Workers in factories that produce microwave popcorn get this disease, and there are emerging cases of frequent consumers getting it as well.

There are also studies coming out that show a tentative link between diacetyl and the plaque that causes Alzheimer’s disease.

This is one ingredient that you absolutely want to avoid.

Preservatives are fairly self-explanatory.

They are added to products to preserve freshness.

Oil, in particular, goes rancid very quickly, so preservatives are one way to keep them safe for longer (Trans fats are another).

The two most common preservatives used in microwave popcorn are TBHQ and Propyl Gallate.

TBHQ is short for Tertiary Butylhydroquinone.

It’s a very common preservative used in everything from Chicken McNuggets to your favorite perfume.

However, in testing the FDA put the maximum dosage at 0.02% of the total oils in a product.

Anything higher than that has been found to cause nausea, vomiting, fainting, and death.

Propyl Gallate is a similar preservative that inhibits oxidation in edible fats, keeping them safe to eat for longer.

It has been linked to hormone disruption, upset stomach, migraines, and brain tumors in animal tests.

The European Food Safety Authority re-evaluated its stance on Propyl Gallate in 2014 stating that the data from previous studies was unclear in inconclusive.

Both of these preservatives have been used for many years, but as new research comes out it looks more and more likely that additives like these are having a major impact on our health.

 

What about the bag it’s in?

Have you ever really thought about the bag that microwave popcorn comes in?

What keeps the popcorn from sticking?

What keeps the oil from soaking through the bag?

PFOA and PFOS, that’s what. Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and Perflurooctane sulfinate (PFOS) are two big chemicals that cause BIG problems.

They are recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as ‘likely carcinogens’ that disrupt your endocrine system,

cause cancer in the reproductive organs, cause thyroid malfunction, and many other things.

PFOA and PFOS do not have to be declared on ingredient labels, so there is no way to know if your microwave snack has them or not unless they are specifically labeled to say they do not use those chemicals.

Here are a few of the most popular brands of microwave popcorn and the unhealthy ingredients they contain:

Orville Redenbacher’s (Mini Bags with Butter)
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Newman’s Own (butter boom)
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Pop Secret (extra butter)
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Jolly Time (healthy pop)
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Cousin Willie’s Buttery Explosion
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Smart Balance
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Act II Movie Theater Butter

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Popcorn is a terrific snack. It’s whole-grain, filling, low calorie, and has a very satisfying crunch.

However, microwave popcorn is a snack that isn’t worth the risk.

It is so easy to make your own on the stove top, or even in the microwave with a paper bag.

Taking the extra few minutes to do it yourself will keep cancer-causing PFOA, questionable preservatives, lung-damaging ‘butter’ flavor, and trans fats out of your body.

When there is new research emerging daily that shows how damaging these food additives are to our health, don’t we owe it to ourselves to keep as many of them out of our bodies as we can?

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Is Your Diet Affecting Your Body Odor?

October 18, 2017 by staff content in Health News with 4 Comments

Is Your Diet Affecting Your Body Odor?It’s no secret that you may find a person attractive based on how they look,

but did you also know that you may find someone attractive based on how they smell?

Sure, that seems like common sense—if someone smells like a nasty gym bag before you see them,

you’re probably not going to expect them to be physically attractive, but did you know that according to some studies,

even those with attractive faces were found to be less visually attractive when they had a BO problem.

These studies used women (since women tend to use their sense of smell more than men when it comes to choosing a mate) to smell different samples of men’s sweat.

These sweat samples came from several “types” of sweat (e.g. sweat from nervousness, fear, anxiety, intimacy, etc.).

Interestingly, one study in The Journal of Neuroscience found that women, even if only subconsciously, are actually able to identify a man’s sexual sweat.

This is pretty fascinating stuff, but can you alter your body’s natural odors (apart from artificial scents like deodorant, soaps or perfumes) or are you just stuck with how you smell?

 

Your food choices make a difference!

You have probably been on the poor end of this reality when a friend or spouse has eaten too much garlic or too many onions.

But why does this happen and what other foods could alter, for good or bad, this area of your body’s output?

Is Your Diet Affecting Your Body Odor?Sulfurous foods
Foods containing sulfur can alter your body’s chemistry and create a nasty smell that emanates from just about every surface.

In fact, to see just how pungent these foods can be, try this little experiment: crush some raw garlic and rub it onto the bottom of your feet.

In about 20 minutes, it is very likely that you will actually begin to taste garlic in your mouth! Other sulfur-containing foods are anything in the Brassica and Allium groups like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and onions.

Is Your Diet Affecting Your Body Odor?Meats
Several studies have found that women preferred the scent of men who did not consume red meats.

The impact of white meats has not been studies quite as much, although depending on the type of fish and one’s genetic makeup, some people do develop a fishy smell after consuming fish.

This disorder is rare, but it is caused by an inability to break down a compound in meats called trimethylamine which then gets released through areas like the sweat and urine.

Is Your Diet Affecting Your Body Odor?Pastas, potatoes and breads (Carbohydrates)
Carbs have been shown to impact the body’s scent in a less-than-pleasant way.

One study showed that men who consumed these foods had the most unpleasant body odor to the women who were smelling their sweat.

While eliminating some carbs is not really a bad idea (especially since you tend to eliminate a lot of unnecessary sugars as well when following a low(er)-carb diet), it can be dangerous to your body so be sure to consume foods containing complex carbohydrates!

Is Your Diet Affecting Your Body Odor?Fruits and Vegetables
Not so surprisingly, most fruits and vegetables can cause a person to give off a more pleasant body odor than other foods.

Because most fruits and veggies tend to be less intense in their smells, they have a smaller impact on the body in terms of how it smells to others. In fact, they almost make the body smell sweeter!

Another reason this may be true is due to the carotenoid content found in a variety of fruits and vegetables.

There are over 700 types of carotenoids, and at any given time, you may have 10 or 20 of them in your bloodstream.

In one study, even just visually, those with more carotenoid-rich skin were found to be more attractive.

 

If you do have bad body odor, what can you do to help it?

As discussed, avoiding and consuming certain foods can make a huge difference, but what else can you do? Here are a few easy options:

Homemade deodorant
Deodorant was first developed in the late 1800s as an answer to surgeons having sweaty hands while performing surgery (since air conditioning wasn’t in many hospitals).

Once it was realized that it could be used to block sweat glands and essentially prevent body odor, sales soared.

The active ingredient in most deodorant, however, is aluminum chloride and/or aluminum chlorohydrate.

Both of these are known to interfere with the body’s hormone regulation. Parabens in today’s deodorants have also been linked to cancer.

Instead of using a store-bought deodorant, try using a mix of equal parts baking soda, softened coconut oil and organic cornstarch or arrowroot powder.

If you like a scented deodorant, add your choice of essential oil.

Just be aware that these ingredients can settle in warm weather so you may need to make sure it stays mixed.

Polyester fabric
Polyester material absorbs and retains sweat smells more than cotton shirts.

Athletes who wear polyester tend to have a more intense smell because of this fact.

Apple Cider Vinegar
When it comes to most things health, you can turn to apple cider vinegar (ACV) for just about anything.

Body odor is no different.

Because some odors are caused by the bacteria in the body, applying an ACV-soaked cotton ball to your underarms can help fight the bacteria while also balancing your skin’s pH level.

After a few minutes, take a shower. Doing this twice a day should provide improvement.

Lemon Juice
Rubbing half of a fresh lemon on your underarms can help reduce the amount of odor-causing bacteria.

Simply rub the lemon on, allow to dry, and take a shower.

Do this daily until your odor improves.

Herbs
Certain herbs like rosemary and sage can fight body odor while leaving a very pleasant smell in its place.

You can steep the herbs in bath water and bathe in it or use the correlating essential oil to use in your deodorant.

Note that sage should not be used by those who are pregnant or nursing.

Unpleasant body odor can be embarrassing, but the good news is that there are ways to naturally manage or even eliminate it!

Choosing a clean, nutritious diet will make the greatest impact, but utilizing other methods will also help significantly while still allowing the body to sweat healthily without the stink.

If you have digestive issues, it could be the source of body odor as your digestive system does not completely digest particular foods due to enzyme deficiencies.

Go to the next page and learn how you can strengthen your digestive system.

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Genetically Modified Salmon – You May Have Eaten It Already!

October 13, 2017 by staff content in Health News with 2 Comments

Genetically Modified Salmon – you may have eaten it already!Genetically modified (GMO) salmon is the first animal product to be approved by the FDA for sale in the USA.

Not long after that decision was made earlier in 2016, the government of Canada approved it as well.

The FDA immediately restricted the import and sale of GMO until a labeling system can be implemented, but that didn’t stop the fish from swimming its way onto Canada’s dinner plates.

It also didn’t stop other countries from buying the GMO salmon eggs, to raise and then sell back to the USA.

The countries that have purchased the eggs to grow and sell are Brazil, Argentina, and Chile, making them an unknown variable in the search to identify GMO salmon.

Chances are good that you’ve already eaten some GMO salmon, and here’s why you should be MUCH more careful when choosing your fish these days.

 

Why make GMO salmon in the first place?

First and foremost, it’s cheaper.

GMO salmon eat 20-25% less food than cage raised salmon according to AquaBounty, the company that is selling and raising these modified fish.

This means farmers can raise more fish with the same amount of food, or raise the same amount of fish for much less cost. The almighty dollar is hard at work in commercial food production.

Secondly, they grow much more quickly than traditional salmon.

These GMO salmon are modified to constantly produce growth hormone, which makes them mature to adult size in 18 months, approximately ½ of the time it takes a non-GMO salmon.

This again means they’re cheaper to produce because farmers can use their tanks more frequently and can produce twice as much salmon in the same amount of time.

Thirdly, there is less waste. The salmon are not exposed to sea or lake water, and so they don’t pick up diseases or parasites that live in those ‘wild’ waters.

This is great for farmers because they don’t have to waste whole schools of fish to illness and parasite infection.

 

Why it’s dangerous for you

The biggest cause for concern is the constant levels of growth hormone (GH) produced by the GMO salmon. Studies have been done in the past on growth hormones in beef and the results were not good.

Ingesting high levels of animal growth hormone triggers the production of insulin-like growth factor (IGF) in the body. IGF plays a part in glucose regulation within your body, but it has some other scary functions as well.

High blood levels of IGF-1 have been shown to directly correlate with an increase in cancer growth, especially breast, cervical, and prostate cancers. Heavy research is being done in this area, as this is a highly repeatable finding.

Recent results are showing that while IGF-1 may not directly cause cancer (and they haven’t ruled that out yet), there are strong indications that it promotes and increases any cancer that may already be growing in your body.

The GMO salmon are producing growth factor throughout their entire lives, instead of the normal growth and breeding cycles that traditional salmon go through. This means that instead of getting the salmon when it’s GH levels are lowest, you’re getting it when it’s the highest, and thus getting the highest levels of IGF as well.

Another concerning factor is the results from AquaBounty’s FDA allergy testing. The first round of results was contaminated in some way, and when re-doing the tests, AquaBounty used a positively tiny sample size of 6 fertile fish and 6 sterile fish.

Even with these minuscule samples, however, there were some alarming results. The FDA will not allow AquaBounty to sell the fertile female GMO salmon because of the overwhelmingly high allergic reactions that happened during the test.

Again, the sample size was far too small to get any truly worthwhile data, but the fact that there was a large allergic reaction to some of the fish, could mean the same for the rest of the fish as well. AquaBounty’s unwillingness to repeat the studies with larger numbers is suspicious at best, and deadly at worst.

Lastly, the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids in the GMO salmon is the worst in any fish available for sale right now. For so many years it’s been hammered into you that you must eat fish to get those omega-3s that are so good for you. The GMO salmon is very high in omega-6 fatty acids, which are the opposite of good for you.

Omega-6s increase inflammation and oxidation in the body, causing (among other things) joint pain and weight gain, and contributing heavily to metabolic syndromes like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart attacks. Inflammation is a huge factor in many chronic conditions as well.

Eating a food that you think is going to be high in omega-3s but is actually the opposite can be very harmful to anyone, but especially those with any of those conditions.

 

How to avoid GMO salmon

There is virtually no physical way to tell if what you’re looking at is GMO salmon. There is no difference in taste, texture, appearance, or smell between it and traditional salmon.

This is worrying because many people want to avoid GMO products for health, religious, or ethical reasons and that choice is being taken away from them. The easiest way to avoid it is to seek out salmon labeled with the location it was farmed in, and how it was farmed.

Look for wild or Pacific salmon, if you want fish that was caught in the wild and not grown in a salmon farm. Atlantic salmon is farm raised, in cages in the Atlantic Ocean. Neither is GMO salmon, however, and both are a great choice for fish.

You can also look for the Marine Stewardship Council label, and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council labels for an indication that it is a good quality, ethically raised fish. Avoid purchasing fish from Brazil, Argentina, and Chile as they also do not have GMO labeling requirements and are selling their farmed salmon back to the USA already.

Genetically-modified salmon has zero nutritional benefits. The only potential benefit to you is to bring down the market price of the fish, but that has not happened so far and it most likely won’t anytime soon.

There are, however, many potential downsides to eating GMO salmon. It has the potential to increase the growth and prevalence of cancer in your body, it can cause massive allergic reactions, and can also increase inflammation in your body leading to heart attacks and whole-body pain.

There are many reasons to skip the GMO salmon; it’s not worth the risk to your health.

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Watch Out For These Shocking Ingredients in Beer

October 9, 2017 by staff content in Health News with 1 Comment

Shocking ingredients in BeerMany people love sitting down with a good brewski while watching a football game or hanging out with friends.

But just like almost every other food or beverage, not all beers are created equal.

So what exactly is in your favorite beer?

You may be surprised to learn a few things about the beer industry that may have you switching to a new favorite.

While it is no secret that beer isn’t exactly the first drink you would reach for if you were wanting a healthy drink, it is still a favorite that even health nuts drink on occasion.

When consumed in very moderate amounts, it may provide some health benefits including minute amounts of B vitamins and potassium.

As a general rule, however, beer could be more damaging than beneficial since most people do not have “just one beer”.

It is often found that beer is thought of as relatively “light” when it comes to the amount of alcohol in one beer.

But this can lull someone into a false belief that they can drink a lot more than they should.

Consuming large amounts of alcohol is known to cause health issues including liver cancer, obesity, cirrhosis, increased risk of high blood pressure, stroke and other cancers.

 

Why aren’t there ingredient lists on beer labels?

Before breaking down the ingredients, understand something about the alcohol industry

— it’s not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

It is regulated by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), a department under the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

This means that the alcohol industry does not have to follow the same laws laid out by the FDA for food and other beverages.

This is why you do not see an ingredient list on beer bottles or containers.

When referencing “beer”, the FDA uses the more general term “malt beverage”.

The definition for “malt beverage” is “a beverage made by the alcoholic fermentation of an infusion or decoctation, or combination of both, in potable brewing water, of malted barley with hops, or their parts, or their products, and with or without other malted cereals, and with or without the addition of unmalted or prepared cereals, other carbohydrate or products prepared therefrom, and with or without the addition of carbon dioxide, and with or without other wholesome products suitable for human food consumption.”

Whew. It’s not exactly the clearest on what can or cannot specifically be put into beer.

To clarify a little, a “malt beverage” like beer falls under the TTB’s jurisdiction while non-malt alcohols are under the FDA which do require ingredient labeling.

 

Ingredients

Once you realize this, it makes you wonder what really is in your beer bottle or can.

One journalist spent a lot of time contacting popular beer companies in an effort to find out the truth.

Watch Out For These Shocking Ingredients in Beer

She found that many brands, including Corona, Budweiser, Michelob, Guinness, Coors, Pabst and others contain ingredients like GMO corn, caramel coloring, other food colors including Red 40 and Yellow 5, high fructose corn syrup, GMO rice, propylene glycol (found in anti-freeze), monosodium glutamate (MSG), natural flavors (which really aren’t that “natural”) and even an ingredient that comes from a fish’s air bladder.

Doesn’t that sound delicious?

The other problem with not requiring the ingredients to be listed is that there is then no way to know if an allergen is present in the drink.

Many people are allergic to ingredients that may be in beer, but because the ingredients are different from brand to brand, you may not know unless you call the company or have a reaction.

Some allergens include gluten, food coloring, peanut ingredients and lactose.

Interestingly enough, some people who choose higher quality beers have claimed to have minimal or no hangover.

 

What are the best beers?

Now that you have a list of some of the worst offenders when it comes to beer ingredients, what are some better brands to drink?

Shocking ingredients in Beer

According to some research and contacts made by the Food Babe, Sierra Nevada, Heineken and Amstel Light are mainstream beers that do not use GMO grains, artificial ingredients, preservatives or stabilizers in their beverages.

German beers are ones that may have higher quality standards.

The Germans have a beer purity law called “Reinheitsgebot”.

This law means that all German beers may only be produced with a core ingredient list of water, hops, malted barley or wheat and yeast.

Be aware, however, that German beers made in the United States may not necessarily follow this purity standard.

Clearly, finding certified organic beers will greatly reduce the list of unnecessary and possibly harmful ingredients in a beer.

Organic beers will be made with non-GMO ingredients and will not contain chemical additives.

Buying from local, organic farmers is also a plus because you are able to support environmentally friendly farming practices.

Typically, craft and microbrew beers will be better to buy because they tend to be honest about their ingredients.

Many local companies take great pride in their beers and want to utilize the highest quality ingredients for the best taste.

Unfortunately, some large beer companies are buying out craft beer companies and changing the ingredients.

Be aware that this may happen and double-check that your favorite is independently owned.

 

If I call my favorite beer company, what questions do I ask?

Here are some questions that will help you to determine whether or not you should stick with your current favorite beer company:

  • Could you please list all of the ingredients in your beer?
  • (If they use “natural flavors”) Could you clarify what your “natural flavors” are?
  • Are any ingredients genetically modified?
  • Do you use any artificial flavors or colors or caramel coloring?
  • What preservatives, clarifying agents or stabilizers are added to your beer during processing?

It is pretty obvious that, just like all other foods and drinks, not all beers are made at the same standards.

Before you choose which beer to sit down with for that football game, make sure you find out as best as you can what the ingredients are so that you can minimize any damaging side-effects that your body may experience.

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The Truth About Canned Soup

October 5, 2017 by staff content in Health News with 3 Comments

When we clear out our cupboards, there’s a good chance that we’ll find a canned soup tucked away at the back, most likely still in date and still potentially edible.

They’re a simple and tasty meal full of nutrition but when we dig deeper into what really goes into the production of canned soup, are the potential negative health impacts worth the consumption?

 

What’s in your canned soup that’s harmful?

Unfortunately, it’s proven that canned foods and a great deal of food and drink products on the market expose consumers to high levels of BPA.

But what is BPA and why is it bad for me?

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical that has been used in the production of plastics and resins since the 1960’s, including the resin that is applied to the inside of canned food products, including soup.

Its detrimental health effects and according to the NRDC, include interrupted neural development and can even lead to asthma if children are exposed to large doses.

Are there any chemicals in my soup?

Sodium is a harmful chemical in large doses that is usually found in canned soup.

For example, Campbell’s soup can contain a whopping 1800mg of sodium, whereas our RDA is 2300 mg.

Sodium in our food is detrimental to our health in large doses because it can lead to heart disease, stroke, and even dementia.

While sodium is a chemical we can actively avoid, sometimes chemicals in our food can go unnoticed to the untrained eye.

Pesticides and GMO’s in our food can significantly affect our health, by carrying bacteria or viruses and subjecting us to particularly nasty chemicals including ammonia, benzene, and even formaldehyde.

 

What are GMO’s?

Genetically modified organisms are crops grown with certain genetic alterations to aid in the prevention of crop failure but usually use bacterial or viral genes to accomplish this.

Therefore, when GMO crops and pesticides are used within our food, we are potentially exposing ourselves to new strains of disease and chemicals that have detrimental impact on our body.

I’ve also heard that MSG is in a lot of food prod uce, but what is it?

In the production of soup, sometimes MSG (monosodium glutamate) is added as a flavor enhancer but even this can have catastrophic impacts on our bodies.

MSG symptom complex is a theoretical reaction that can cause headaches, heart palpitations, nausea, and numbness to the face and the recommended course of action is to avoid foods containing the substance.

Due to this indefinite and inconclusive research, MSG has to be listed on the label.

Unfortunately, some companies can maneuver around the labelling of this as MSG may not be directly added to your food.

MSG can hide under other names including gelatin, sodium, or stock. For a full list please visit Truth In Labelling.

 

Which Soups To Avoid & How To Prevent Contamination

Almost all of the supermarket canned soups contain one or more of the above ingredients, including the named brands:

Heinz, Baxter’s, and Campbells. In addition to BPA and sodium, creamed soups can lead to high blood pressure. I.e Baxters Favourites Cream Of Tomato Soup has a third of your recommended salt allowance.

is another contender for worst soup on the market for your health.

It contains GMO soy, MSG, high sodium, and is contained in a BPA canned container.

As well as these, Progresso contains allergens including milk, gluten, and egg which can be detrimental to those with food sensitivities.

Where you can, we recommend avoiding canned foods and try using porcelain, glass, or BPA free containers instead although these are often few and far between.

Also look out for low sodium, GMO free, organic soups that also do not contain MSG.

 

For example, Auga Organic Vegetable Minestrone soup is BPA free, organic, and ethical and has only 58 calories.

Amy’s organic soup is another brand that you may wish to try as they create a variety of flavours in BPA-free cans.

The company Ethos is to create pure, organic flavours using “100% pure herbs and spices (no hidden ingredients)”.

When we buy soups, we are never 100% sure as to what sinister ingredients aren’t being listed.

After all, if the FDA classify a substance as safe then it doesn’t need to be listed on our food labels and companies have become experts at hiding the ingredients that they don’t want us to see.

We would recommend looking for healthier options including those listed above which are low in sodium and fat if available and options that aren’t being subjected to BPA’s, pesticides, GMO’s and MSG.

 

To protect yourself from these toxic ingredients (which lead to higher risk of cancer), go to the next page and discover how to boost your immune system –

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