Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Clean Up Your Diet and Get Healthy

If you want to be healthy and clean up your diet, here a few ideas. The first place to start is by cutting out empty calories. We all know that too many sweets and too much alcohol will slow down any weight loss program. Other things to consider are food additives. It is estimated that the US diet has about 1400 chemicals in its food supply. Most things in moderation are OK, but in my opinion it would be a good idea to cut down the following five items: Artificial sweeteners claim to be calorie free but often increase sweet cravings. Some studies even show that no calorie sweets can even raise insulin levels. What ever insulin isn't converted to energy is stored as fat. That's why insulin is called the fat hormone. Artificial colors not only cause allergies and hyperactivity but have also been shown to be carcinogenic. Preservatives (BHA,BHT,EDTA) have been linked to cancer, allergies, hyperactivity and are toxic to the liver. Nitrites & nitrates transform into nitrosamines in the stomach which also can cause cancer. Finally, MSG is the popular ingredient in Asian food so many restaurants have taken the hint. Be careful however to look in sauces and processed foods. This ingredient can dramatically increase shelf life but hurt your life in the process.

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