In Part I, I explained the motivation of corporations for putting these ingredients in food. Now let’s further explore just what these food ingredients do…
1. High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS): This is one of the worst. I mean have you seen the commercials that claim “HFCS is fine in moderation?” Are they serious? The way that this additive works is that it prevents leptin (the body’s natural trigger that regulates food intake) from signaling the body that it’s had enough to eat. Unlike sucrose, which triggers leptin to respond, HFCS doesn’t act as a trigger because the body doesn’t recognize it. Instead, HFCS shuts off your hunger mechanism, makes you eat without feeling full, drives your insulin levels up and consequently turns the food into fat storage. Not sure about you but under these facts I conclude that it is NOT okay to consume HFCS in moderation and that it MAKES YOU FAT!
2. Monosodium Glutamate (aka MSG, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, hydrolyzed plant extract, plant protein extract, sodium caseinate, yeast extract, texturized protein, autolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed oat flour, natural flavorings, calcium caseinate and too many more): Like the others on the list, MSG is one of the most addictive of the commonly used additives so it makes you want more and more. It is also called an excitotoxin which excites your brain cells to the extent that it makes them explode and die. So basically, it makes you fat AND kills your brain cells!! clean program snacks
3. Olestra: this one was created by Proctor & Gamble who initially promoted it as a “fake fat” or rather a “fat substitute” that you could consume to lose weight. It is a synthetic fat that is not absorbed as it passes through the digestive system, so it has no calories. Procter & Gamble suggests that replacing regular fat with olestra will help people lose weight and lower their risk of heart disease. However, the untold side of this pitch is that olestra has been found to cause severe gastrointestinal and digestive issues because it is indigestible and inhibits the body’s ability to absorb fat-soluble carotenoids (which are nutrients found in fruits and vegetables such as alpha and beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, and canthaxanthin). For this reason, products made with olestra should not be called “fat free,” because they contain substantial amounts of indigestible fat. This “fake fat” ingredient can typically be found in junk food snacks like chips. Suffice it to say that because olestra is indigestible you can really pack on the pounds with this one.
4. Artificial Sweeteners (aka aspartame, sucralose, saccharin): this additive can be found in Splenda, Nutra-Sweet, Equal, SweetNLow, Sorbitol, Maltodextrin, Dextrose and Acefulsame, baked good, chewing gum, diet sodas, gelatin desserts and many of the foods labeled “fat-free,” “lite,” “no-fat,” “no calories,” “sugar-free,” “reduced fat,” you get the idea. Like the others listed, artificial sweeteners also bypass your hunger mechanism, causing you to crave more food.