It is true that weight loss starts in the kitchen. Making healthy meal choices goes a long way in helping you lose weight and keep weight off. However, this day and age it can be difficult to know what to eat and what to avoid. Many foods are packed full of chemicals that can be harmful to our bodies and our waistlines. Even foods that claim to be “organic” and “sugar free” can be harmful. So before you pack your grocery cart full of processed foods, read the labels and avoid foods with the following ingredients when possible.

Food Additives Linked to Weight Gain:

  • Brominated Vegetable Oil: Used in both rocket fuel and beverages, such as soda and sports drinks, this additive has been linked to obesity as well as other health issues such as fatigue and memory loss.
  • Evaporated Cane Juice: A substitute for sugar in many health foods, this additive is actually not much better. In fact, the differences between the two are miniscule, which means it affects your waistline much like sugar.
  • Monosodium Glutamate: Known as MSG, this chemical has been known to make food tastier as well as block the hormone used to communicate when you are full, enhancing your likelihood to overeat.
  • Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein: This additive used to enhance flavors has been known to create MSG. The kicker is since MSG isn’t directly added to the food, it doesn’t have to be disclosed on the label.

Food Additives Linked to Health Issues:

  • Sodium Nitrite and Sodium Nitrate: These food additives have been linked to the creation of cancer causing chemicals known as nitrosamines. If that isn’t reason enough to avoid them, I don’t know what is!
  • BHA (butylated hydroxytoluene) and BHT (butylated hydroxyanisole): I don’t know about you, but nothing about the word “butylated” seems appetizing to us. What’s worse is BHA has been known to cause cancer in the forestomachs of its rodent test subjects.
  • Blue #1 and Blue #2: Studies in animals have loosely linked these dyes to cancer, but why take a chance?
  • Yellow #5 and Yellow #6: Linked to ADD in children, Counties such as Norway and Sweden have banned the use of Yellow #5 and #6 in food.
  • Fully and Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil: Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil creates trans fatty acid, which has been linked to heart disease. Although Fully Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil is supposed to contain zero trans fat, the process used is not foolproof, allowing for trans fat to still scrape by.

Opt For Healthy Choices

If you are ready to lose weight and get healthy, opt to cook your own healthy meals when possible. Instead of buying canned soup with MSG on the label, try making your own from scratch. Often you will find cooking your own recipes are tastier and much healthier. For weight loss friendly recipe ideas, visit the recipe section of our website.

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