The food industry often uses “all-natural” ingredients in your favorite foods. But before you go assuming that “all-natural” is a synonym for “healthy,” think again; though ingredients made from seaweed, palm trees, and fruit juice might sound like a healthy choice, they actually come equipped with more health risks than health benefits.
Check out three of the most unhealthy “all-natural” foods below.
While this ingredient might not be all that familiar upon first glance, it actually comes from seaweed and is used in many “all-natural,” and even some organic, foods. It’s purpose: to keep ingredients from dividing. However, carrageenan has also been known to cause inflammation, which could lead to lifetime diseases like inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and even arteriosclerosis.
Carrageenan is used primarily in dairy foods, so read food nutrition labels carefully to avoid this harmful compound.
#2: Caramel Coloring
The caramel coloring that comes in your soda is made when sugar is heated with ammonium compounds, which creates a carcinogenic byproduct known as 4-MI. It’s a contaminant in all kinds of caramel food coloring.
In fact, Coca-Cola recently changed over to a lower-MI recipe of its caramel coloring– but examinations from the Center for Science in the Public Interest discovered that sodas sold across the country still carry dangerous levels of the compound.
But carcinogenic contaminants are just one of the many dangerous side-effects linked to soda, which also include kidney issues and bad liver fat.
#3: Palm Oil
Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture discovered that palm oil increased bad LDL cholesterol levels, and exhibits a plethora of heart problems.
Palm oil is often used in crackers, cookies, and other similar baked goods, so know your food labels. Ingredients like safflower or sunflower oil are better for you and don’t carry the health issues linked with other genetically modified vegetable oils. If your favorite food carries palm oil, try calling the manufacturer to figure out how it was sourced: some palm oils are being produced by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, a company that is in the process of developing proper health standards that would also save habitats for many animal species.
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