What’s That in My Food?

Those of you that know me well know how much I love cereal!  It’s my favorite thing to eat for breakfast.  I always eat at least a couple bowls in one sitting, or even a box given enough time and skim milk. While sitting at the kitchen counter Sunday morning after a good cereal eating session, my husband came home from a run and was looking for something else to eat for breakfast.  He spotted my box of “health cereal” sitting right next to his plastic container filled with oatmeal.  He likes to give me a hard time about the chemicals I am eating since I have been bugging him about some of his favorite unnatural food choices. Anyway, he pretended to read the ingredients to me, and started spouting my list of pet-peeve food additives to me me…,”hydrogenated oil, corn syrup, soy lecithin…etc.”.  I am used to this, so I laughed and snorted, “there are none of those bad things in MY cereal,” acting as if I am a “cereal expert” and know all the ingredients that are being put into my cereal choices.
I asked him for the box and read the ingredients!  He was right.  There was one awful ingredient in this “so called healthy” cereal – soy isolate protein.

Instead of making this into a lecture, I have decided to break down a few ingredients that are in most of the supposedly healthy foods, even ones that are associated with healthy living and working out. I’m sure you all eat and drink: cereal, energy bars, protein shakes (I wont mention any brands, but Shakeology doesn’t have any of this stuff), granola bars, pudding, yogurts, teas (yes, I have come across soy lecithin in hot/cold tea), crackers, chips, the list goes on. Here are the four ingredients that I try to be aware of I am making food choices: Soy Lecithin, soy isolate protein, sucralose, and aspartame (sounds and looks like arsenic, need I say more).
I encourage you to do your own research and form your own conclusion based on something other than what I have to say (even though that would be fine with me…)
Here is a brief summary of what I have found, and we all know EVERYTHING you find on the internet is totally true, so I am sure this is all 100 percent correct (that is why you should do your own research).

– Soy Lecithin: Comes from sludge left after crude soy oil goes through a “degumming” process. It is a waste product containingsolvents and pesticides and has a consistency ranging from a gummy fluid to a plastic solid.

– Sucralose: Artificial sweetener commonly packaged as “Splenda”. Sucralose is made by chemically altering the structure of sugar molecules by adding chlorine atoms in place of hydroxyl groups. Sucralose is therefore chlorinated sugar; a chlorocarbon. Chlorocarbons are poisonous.

– Soy Protein Isolate: Contains chemicals that are associatedwith the development of Alzheimer’s and cancer. Also contains phytoestrogens which have been shown to cause rapid growth of breast cancer cells.

I hope this helps my loyal readers to avoid some chemicals that can be detrimental to your long term health. By no means am I suggesting turning to a crazy diet of only raw, uncooked, organic, wild grains, but take a second look and try to avoid these designer chemicals as much as possible.

Does anybody have any other harmful food additives that we should all be avoiding?

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