Find out what may be lurking in your food, if you dare!
I have a motto that I do my best to live by and I encourage all my clients to live by as well. The motto is, “If it has more than 7 words in the ingredient list and you can’t pronounce even just one of those ingredients, don’t eat it.” The foods in question are going to be foods that are most commonly-if not always- prepackaged foods.
These additives are unfortunately made up of things that the average person would never think to sit down and eat willingly and yet the FDA has approved for a certain percentage of them to be in our foods. Unbeknownst to us, these crazy things are lurking in our foods hidden in the deep, dark depths of the ingredient labels, under words that we can barely read; let alone say.
Take a look below. I have listed some of the most common ones that you may have seen, but more often than not, you have over looked. Maybe you actually will recognize some of them. Who knows, you may learn something you never thought could actually be a reality for your foods….
Understand this before I break it down for you. Gelatin doesn’t mean the happy, fun and colorful stuff you made with your mom growing up. That is Jell-O. That DOES however, contain gelatin. Gelatin is defined by Wikipedia as: “A translucent, colorless, brittle, flavorless food derived from collagen obtained from various animal by-products. It is commonly used as a gelling agent in food.” In laymen’s terms, gelatin is composed of discarded animal pieces such as bone, tissue, ligaments, tendons and skin. These tossed aside pieces are then boiled and put into foods like marshmallows, yogurt, gummy candies and frostings.
One of the biggest attractions when it comes to candy is the shiny appeal that they possess. They are visually pleasing, thanks to their pretty, glistening outer shells. Most commonly you will see the term “confectioners glaze” hidden deep in a long list of ingredients in your favorite sugar coated candies. This glaze is on things like jelly beans and other hard candy that can be sucked on for extended periods of time. The “Kierra Lacca” is a beetle looking, type of bug, which has secretions derived from it. Those secretions are used to make that shiny, lustrous coating on your favorite candies. Yummy, huh?
This particular ingredient is not only in consumables that most of us take part in each day, but it also happens to be found all around when you and your family go hang out on the beach. That’s right, silicon dioxide is none other than sand. This substance is most commonly found as an additive in everyday things like coffee creamers (I know, hold back the tears though) and soups. More than likely, it won’t harm you. There is so little of it in the foods we like and you have probably swallowed more sand at the beach on accident during your annual beach trip. Overall, its main purpose is to absorb the unnecessary humidity and prevent what would be the potential clumping of our foods.
Well, did you learn a few things from all that? Those are 3 ingredients found in many prepackaged foods that millions of us are eating and feeding our families. Maybe now you will take a second to read those prepackaged food labels and maybe you will also take the time to research the unfamiliar words in that list. Even better… maybe it will lead you to follow the mantra I told you about earlier - “If it has more than 7 words in the ingredient list and you can’t pronounce even just one of those ingredients, don’t eat it!”
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