Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO)
This oil is used to keep the oil based flavorings in soft drinks suspended. Bromate is a poison, of which just two ounces of a 2% solution could dangerously poison a child.
In adults, BVO can lower the immune system and diminish histamines, making the individual more susceptible to allergic reactions.
Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil
When vegetable oil reacts with hydrogen, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil is the result, causing the level of polyunsaturated oils to reduce and creating unhealthy trans fats in their place. These trans fats are found in snack foods, fried foods, baked goods and other processed foods. They are linked to obesity, heart disease, certain cancers, high cholesterol and atherosclerosis.
High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
Many claim that high fructose corn syrup is no worse than consuming sugar, however the fact it contains free form monosaccharides in the form of fructose and glucose, it is not the biological equivalent of sugar and cannot be compared. Sugar has a glycosidic bond, allowing the body to break it down. HFCS on the other hand, does not have the same attribute.
Due to the taxing effects high fructose corn syrup can have on the liver, it can be just as damaging as alcohol and other toxins. It is suggested you keep your total consumption of HFCS to under 25 grams daily.
Due to the amount of pesticides we consume over time through eating non-organic fruits, vegetables and produce, it’s been suggested that 99% of mothers’ milk in the USA contains high, potentially dangerous levels of dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT). Further pesticides, such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dioxin, aldrin, dieldrin, heptachloe and chlordane are also present in our bloodstreams.
Our bodies do not have the ability to naturally expel these pesticides, meaning they remain in our bodies and weaken our functionality over time, including damage to the reproductive, circulatory, nervous and immune systems. This causes our risk of heart disease, allergies or cancer to increase, as well as creating a higher risk of miscarriage or birth defects in pregnant women.
Although it can seem worrying upon learning the effects of the ingredients found in our everyday staples, they can be easily avoided. Plan your meals in advance and take a look at the ingredients you’ll need to create them. Spend some time looking up each product online, finding alternatives that will allow you to successfully create delicious recipes without putting your family’s health at risk.