What’s Happened to America’s Eating Habits?


To live a good life we need to get back to the simplicity of real food ingredients. There are just too many processed packaged convenience foods and fast food restaurants. Our I Pads, smartphones, computers and video game obsessions have become more important than exercise or simple friends and family time.

I’m from the mid-west and to me it has one of the highest number of overweight adults, kids and unhealthy places. The how I know is because I have been to other states, had other culturally ethnic friends and eaten many types of healthier cuisine. Because of so many calorie ridden foods many of my friends and family have gotten preventable disease like Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels.So many people think their medicines or a magic pill might cure what has become an epidemic of bad habits. I  see some of my friends and relatives with serious illnesses that have fallen into the rut of eating fattening foods, processed foods, sugary fruit drinks and sodas. Even when I was a kid I didn’t eat all this synthetic stuff that there is now. More people worked and played hard to burn off calories. It is sad so many people have become lazy about exercise and simple activity like walking a few blocks.
Everyone needs to be more aware of what’s in our food products. If you can’t pronounce it or there are more than 5 ingredients it most likely is very bad for you. Stick to the outside perimeters of your food stores, where there are fresh or frozen fruits, veggies and meats. Use fresh or dried herbs to season recipes. Listen and learn from your bodies cues of too much burping, gas, bloating and skin breakouts.The following are only some of my tips learned throughout the years.

12 Dangerous And Hidden Food Ingredients In Seemingly Healthy Foods

Many foods that are considered “healthy” and labeled as “natural” contain many harmful chemicals used as food preservatives and flavor enhancers – and these chemicals are often disguised under unrecognizable names.

BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene): this common additive used to prevent oxidation in a wide variety of foods and cosmetics is listed by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) in 2005 as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen” on the basis of experimental findings in animals. It is also used in jet fuels, rubber petroleum products, transformer oil and embalming fluid. As if this were not enough, the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) warns that BHT should not be allowed to enter the environment, can cause liver damage, and is harmful to aquatic organisms.

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS): Loaded with “unbound” fructose and glucose molecules, studies have shown that the reactive carbonyl molecules can cause tissue damage that may lead to obesity, diabetes, and also heart disease. So much for this “Strong Heart Antioxidants” cereal recipe! HFCS is made from genetically modified corn and processed with genetically modified enzymes. To make matters worse, studies have recently revealed that nearly half of tested samples of HFCS contained mercury.

Yellow #5: Almost all colorants approved for use in food are derived from coal tar and may contain up tp 10ppm of lead and arsenic. Also, and not surprisingly, most coal tar colors could potentially cause cancer.

Soybean oil: More than half of all soybeans crops grown in the US are genetically-modified (GMO) representing a meteoric rise since 1996, when only 7% were GMO soybeans. Genetically modified crops not only pose environmental dangers. There is a growing concern (and mounting scientific evidence) that genetic engineering of food plant seeds may have an unexpected and negative impact on human health.

Propylene glycol alginate (E405): this food thickener, stabilizer, and emulsifier is derived from alginic acid esterified and combined with propylene glycol. Bear in mind that even though propylene glycol is used as a food additive, it has many industrial uses including automotive antifreezes and airport runway de-icers.

Polysorbate 60: short for polyoxyethylene-(20)- sorbitan monostearate this emulsifier is widely used in the food industry. Made of made of corn, palm oil and petroleum, this gooey mix can’t spoil, so it often replaces dairy products in baked goods and other liquid products.

Enriched flour: these pretzels are made with enriched flour. But don’t let the attractive description mislead you: like most highly processed foods, enriched flour is devoid of nutrients and more often than not it is also bleached. Since the wheat germ and bran are removed from this type of flour, the body treats it as a refined starch.

Textured soy protein concentrate, carrageenan, maltodextrin, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate, modified cornstarch: All of these are basically different names to hide ingredients that either contain Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) or form MSG during processing.

  • bleached, refined and enriched foods means they have replaced the good nutrients
  • no artificial dyes
  • any type of margarine is all synthetic and very bad
  • Eat nothing that says hydrogenated
  • no artificial sweeteners like High fructose corn syrup, sucralose, aspartame, etc..( Use honey, stevia or natural sugar to sweeten things)
  • cut back on all the fried goodies ( fish, fries, and newest is fried desserts) our bodies can’t handle all that grease
  • If an ingredient isn’t something you can use to bake or make it from scratch, then don’t eat it.

2 thoughts on “What’s Happened to America’s Eating Habits?

  1. Do carrageenans contain MSG? No, and here’s why.
    Monosodium glutamate, or MSG, can cause health problems when used to excess. However, despite claims made on various websites, carrageenans are not a source of MSG.
    This confusion may have occurred because carrageenans are derived from seaweeds, and one of the most important natural sources of MSG is the seaweed, kombi. However, carrageenan is extracted from red seaweeds, which contain much less MSG than kombi, a brown seaweed. In addition, any MSG that may be present in the seaweed is washed out during the carrageenan extraction process.
    To prove that carrageenan is not a source of MSG, Marinalg tested two of the carrageenans most often used in food products. These tests were carried out by the independent testing company, Eurofins . The two products that were tested are both strong gelling agents: the refined carrageenan E407, and the lesser-refined carrageenan E407a, also known as PES.
    MSG is a sodium salt of glutamic acid, a naturally occurring amino acid. Eurofins found that the sample of E407 contained less than 10mg/kg of glutamic acid in total, whether as the free acid, bound into proteins or as the monosodium salt. 10 mg/kg is the limit of detection for the best available testing method, so for all practical purposes, undetectable amounts of glutamic acid in its various forms were present.
    Levels of MSG and free glutamic acid were also below 10mg/kg in the PES sample; it did however, contain 0.22% of bound glutamic acid. It is well known that PES contains small amounts of algal cellulose and protein in addition to the carrageenan. Eurofins found that all of this glutamic acid had been present in the seaweed, in bound form in algal protein.
    When humans consume glutamic acid that is bound in proteins, it is digested in the stomach and lower intestine. The body then uses the glutamic acid that is freed in this way in the normal process of metabolism, or it is discarded as waste. The body does not store excess glutamic acid ingested from protein. On the other hand, directly ingested MSG is absorbed rapidly and is not excreted as fast, and this is what causes the negative health effects associated with excessive consumption of MSG.
    Carrageenans and PES contain less than detectable amounts of free MSG. Health problems have been attributed to the injection of several grams of free MSG at a time. Carrageenans contain less than 10mg of MSG in every kilogram. Very small amounts of carrageenans are used in any given food product. Therefore, they cannot contribute to the negative health effects of MSG consumption.

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