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What to Avoid When Doing Groceries?

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Discover how to do the perfect grocery list and nail at the store. All you need to know about what to avoid when doing groceries to feel healthier.

When we walk into any supermarket, we’re bombarded with a plethora of food items and alternatives from different brands. Thanks to the lucrative offers and attractive packing, we end up buying things we don’t even require. As food items are no longer made of whole ingredients, eating healthy becomes a huge task. The processed foods we eat are leading us nowhere, and all we do is compromise on our health. 

But we can always change the way we shop, right? We can always quit the toxic ingredients and ditch what’s not healthy. But the whole question is – what to avoid when doing groceries? That’s exactly what we will be helping you with today. Let’s understand how to shop right.

Hydrogenated Oils

These are the most processed forms of oil. The processing this oil undergoes is only to ensure that it has increased shelf life. Hydrogenated oils cost a lot less and also help retain the flavor of food. Despite all it offers, we cannot deny the fact that the oil contains compounds that increase our risk of falling prey to illnesses such as obesity, diabetes, and heart diseases. These oils are typically found in baked products, crackers, and salad dressings.

Food Colors

No doubt food colors make our food look appealing. Commonly used food colors are Yellow 6, Green 3, and Red 3 – and all of these are derived from petroleum. When consumed excessively, these food colors can also lead to serious illnesses like cancer. Considering how harmful they are to our health, we should avoid purchasing and consuming them. We can try using natural food colors that are safe to consume and also make our food look super appealing, like turmeric or active carbon.

Click here to discover our favorite recipe featuring turmeric.

Potassium Bromate

A common additive to breads, potassium bromate is used to make breads fluffy and flavourful. This chemical, too, is associated with increased cancer risk. This additive is banned in many countries, but its usage is still permitted in the United States and Japan. In the state of California, foods with potassium bromate are required to feature a warning label on the package. 

It is strange how one toxic substance is allowed for consumption in certain countries while the others ban it completely. Either way, it’s time we stop buying or consuming any food items that contain this toxic element.

MSG (Monosodium Glutamate)

This processed flavor enhancer is a common ingredient in many food items. The interesting part is that this ingredient is featured on foods under 40 different names. These include citric acid, natural flavors, maltodextrin, and yeast extract. 

Excess consumption of MSG is linked to many serious health problems such as severe migraines, Alzheimer’s, and obesity. We need to check all the ingredients of the products we consume to ensure we don’t end up consuming MSG in any form.

Our favorite trick is to replace it with natural umami. In fact, the origin of monosodium glutamate was precise to replicate this oriental flavor that is so fashionable lately.

Artificial Flavors

The fact that we have the word ‘artificial’ preceding flavors is itself a red flag. Artificial flavors are nothing but man-made chemicals that are added to food only to make it more flavorful. And while these foods taste amazing, we cannot really deny the fact that the artificial flavors wreak havoc on our health. 

Manufacturers add these flavoring agents as they are cheaper alternatives to real foods. For example, your strawberry milkshake won’t have real strawberries but will be flavored with artificial strawberry flavors. The same goes for so many other flavors. More often than not, we don’t even realize what we consume, because the replication of flavors is exact. So, the next time we shop, we need to ensure these food items with artificial flavors don’t end up in our carts.

Artificial Sweeteners

Aspartame, saccharin, sucralose – all of these come under artificial sweeteners. These are replacements for sugar added to many sweet foods we consume. Excessive artificial sweeteners come with a whole range of side effects, which means the consumption of these foods is a big no.

Artificial sweeteners are known to aggravate sugar cravings. This in turn leads to other illnesses such as obesity, diabetes, and metabolic ailments. The serious consequences of consuming these include cancer, increased risk of heart ailments as well. The artificial sweeteners mess up gut bacteria, leading to ailments relating to the gut. 

The best part about our bodies is that once we stop consuming these artificial sweeteners, we can recover from their side effects slowly and steadily. But the first step is to completely quit food items that include these sweetening agents.

Summing Up

We’ve listed only a couple of toxic ingredients, but there are many out there. We need to be very careful about what ends up in our homes from the supermarket. Now that we’re aware of these few toxic ingredients, we can make an informed choice to ditch these and opt for their natural, organic counterparts instead.

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