Eating food from a package? You may as well eat from an ashtray.
Sure, it won’t taste as good. But at least you won’t be under any delusions about what you’re putting in your mouth.
The fact is, ALL processed and ultra-processed foods are swimming in additives and are inferior. And that includes single-serve meals, canned soups, and other popular items sold as “healthy” options for quick lunches and dinners.
Spoiler alert: They’re not.
One study I shared with you yesterday even found those additive-laced foods can lead to a second heart attack or stroke in folks who’ve already survived one.
Now, a different study finds yet another risk. A common processed food additive has been linked to potentially deadly changes deep inside the body.
Common food additive triggers inflammation
I’m willing to bet food manufacturers love names like “carboxymethylcellulose.”
They mean nothing to 99.9 percent of us. They’re just a long, unpronounceable word on the ingredients panel to skip past.
Well, it’s time to pay more attention. Because those long words that typically make our eyes glaze over are additives that can hide BIG dangers. New research finds that carboxymethylcellulose, in particular, can damage the balance of bacteria in the gut.
In experiments on mice, the additive wiped out the healthy bacteria that help keep order in the digestive tract. That, in turn, triggered widespread inflammation, leading to complications, including colitis, metabolic syndrome, and colon cancer.
This is an additive, by the way, that the food industry has insisted is totally harmless. They’ve claimed all along that it just passes right through your body, doing nothing along the way.
Now, we know that’s not true at all.
Switch to scratch to reduce your risks
If this was just the one mouse study alone, I might urge caution but not raise the red flag. But earlier research reached similar disturbing conclusions about this additive.
So I’m warning folks now rather than later.
The earlier rodent studies also found a link to colon cancer and inflammatory bowel diseases. And that includes one in which the IBD vanished when the carboxymethylcellulose was removed.
The potential consequences here are simply too serious to wait around for human studies before we try to avoid carboxymethylcellulose. The time to cut this additive from your diet is NOW.
Unfortunately, this emulsifier is already used in everything from drinks to baked goods to toothpaste. You will even find it in some condiments, such as mayonnaise.
In other words, it will take a LOT of label reading to avoid it. And honestly, it’s far from the only bad additive we’re swallowing when we eat processed foods. So a better idea is to do your best to avoid ANY foods with an ingredients panel full of those long words.
Making your own meals from scratch is a little more work and will take a bit more time. But once you make the switch, you’ll likely find it’s not nearly as challenging as you imagined.
And the difference avoiding those additives can make in your health will make it so worth it. It can help protect you from detrimental changes in your digestive tract and potentially reduce cancer, heart problems, and stroke risks.
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