In the world today we must begin to see ourselves as investigators, looking for the cleanest, purest food available, and unfortunately we have a tough job ahead of us. With the food industry changing as quickly as it does, once seemingly healthy food staples have transformed into secret health criminals. While I don’t mean to be bleak, it is important to address how the foods that we are think are healthy, are actually contributing to the development of the very symptoms, diseases and cancer that we claim to have just happened because of “genes” or “bad luck.”
In the typical THK manner, I am going to help you clean up that kitchen of yours by throwing away the toxic junk and replacing it with foods that actually contribute to your health, not take away from it. Many of these items could be the root cause of those nagging complaints such as; weight gain, cellulite, acne, fatigue, dry skin, high cholesterol and even ADD.
While there are many ingredients that we want to avoid, here are the big ones to focus on:
- High Fructose Corn Syrup
- Partially Hydrogenated Oils, Shortening and Canola Oil (TRANS FAT)
- Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
- Artificial Flavor
- Sodium or Potassium Benzoate
- Artificial Colors (blue, green, red, yellow)
- Polysorbate 60
- Modified Corn Starch
- Sodium Aluminum Sulfate
Top Foods Brands to Avoid
I. Packaged Grains
II. Sauces and Condiments
There is Good News Yet!
Our communities are finally taking notice of the harmful ingredients in our food, forcing companies to make changes. Therefore, there are a lot of healthier options at your local stores so you don’t have to give up convenience items completely.
“Don’t Eat Anything Your Great-Grandmother Wouldn’t Recognize”- Michael Pollan
The idea is to get back to our roots, get back to nature, and invest a little time into the preparation of your food. It is after all the very thing that makes up every cell of your body, so we cannot completely blame our nagging ailments and diseases on our genes or the outside environment. We do have control over the food we put into our mouths, so take a little extra time to read the labels or better yet, make it by hand. You can never go wrong if your food is made fresh from local vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, nuts and seeds.
The food industry is in the BUSINESS of making money, not the business of HEALTH, so take responsibility, be aware, and vote with your fork. We have the power to heal from disease, to express our healthiest self, so begin with the basics and ditch those nasty criminals in your kitchen!