We all want to be healthy. Like most things worth having, GOOD HEALTH requires some effort. That effort best begins with SELF-EDUCATION.
Living a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE starts with what you EAT.
After all, as most would say, “we are what we eat.”
We are made personally aware of this statement when we over-indulge in poor food and drink choices.
As a consequence, our body deals with sluggishness, nausea, irritability, and lack in energy and enthusiasm.
In the modern generation, we live in a world where our food health is usually COMPROMISED more by EXCESS than scarcity.
However, it is critical to make a distinction between sufficient or EXCESS food consumption and ADEQUATE nutrient intake.
We have to admit the fact that the bottom line is – most foods are produced with continuing and increasing sales as the major driver.
Producers and manufacturers often place more importance on taste, texture or appearance, and shelf life rather than nutrient availability.
Good food can and does taste good, but clever processing can make FOODS WITH LITTLE NUTRIENT VALUE taste incredibly good!
But BEWARE, if the food tastes too good to be true, you might want to pay a CLOSER look before munching away.
3 INGREDIENTS You MUST Watch Out For:
1. Butane (Tertiary ButylHydroQuinone – TBHQ)
Butane is certainly not just used for cigarette lighters anymore. You can also find butane in some CHICKEN NUGGETS (ouch, this used to be my favorite!).
Butane acts as an artificial antioxidant that food manufacturers use to help preserve the freshness of chicken nuggets.
Butane is also present in other frozen and packaged foods such as CRACKERS,CEREAL BARS, and CHIPS.
So, the next time you crave for some chicken nuggets, perhaps you might like to make some homemade ones.
2. Propylene Glycol (PEG)
This substance is known as “anti-freeze” and this is what makes your ice cream creamy and smooth.
PEG is exactly the same substance used in E-CIGARETTES and COSMETICS. Also, it is a related chemical to ethylene glycol that is used in CAR RADIATORS.
However, because of its “low chronic oral toxicity”, it was classified as “(GRAS) generally recognized as safe” by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.
Still, be wary of this antifreeze chemical when buying cake mixes, ice creams, and salad dressings.
Although it is definitely good for your vehicle, it might not be as good for your health.
3. Potassium Benzoate
Many people love drinking DIET SODAS as they want to quench their thirst whilst not drinking a lot of sugary calories. A diet soda is certainly sweet and bubbly yet it is also an unhealthy concoction.
Diet sodas can contain POTASSIUM BENZOATE and when ingested this can form into BENZENE which is a carcinogen.
This substance can also be found in low-fat salad dressings, syrups, and jams.
Knowing about the existence of these unhealthy ingredients in our foods is a first step towards making your diet a healthier one.
The biggest step is applying that knowledge – read the labels and leave the artificial additives on the shelf, especially where a more natural option is available.
To improve your family’s dietary health, AVOID PACKAGED or PROCESSED FOODS as much as possible. Opt for NATURAL and WHOLE FOODS.
You may initially find it hard to forego ice cream or diet sodas, but once you get used to NOT having them, you will find that you will actually LOSE THE CRAVINGS for many unhealthy fast and processed foods.
HEALTHY FOOD SELECTION, like all good habits, is one certainly worth developing.
Alex Saroca is the founder of Tabachoy Academy. He is a general physician by profession, an author, a blogger, and an entrepreneur. He is on a mission to educate and make Filipinos realize - especially those with overweight, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes - that lifestyle modification is still more powerful than any drug in preventing heart disease, treating heart disease, and improving one's physical state and longevity.