There are a lot of foods floating around that will sabotage your clean eating plan. This list will help you watch out for those food foes and keep you on track.
In May, the FDA approved the production and usage of a new sugar substitute called advantame. Think of advantame as the cousin of aspartame, with a similar chemical composition. The approval is sweet news for manufacturing companies, but a bitter pill to swallow for consumers. Research still shows that artificial sweeteners increase your risk of cancer and can also cause cardiovascular problems such as stroke or heart attack in postmenopausal women.
Instead: Use small amounts of minimally processed natural sweeteners such as organic evaporated can juice, stevia, raw honey,maple sugar flakes or date sugar.
In past studies, food dyes have been shown to cause behavioral problems and hypersensitivity reactions in some children, while dyes have also caused cancer in animal studies. So needless to say, it’s best to avoid Yellow 6, Blue 1 and Red 40.
Instead: Start your day with a lean protein, whole grain, fresh produce, Greek yogurt and water. If you want to color your red velvet cake, use beets instead.
Canola, Soybean and Corn Oil
Take a deep breath: These supposedly healthy oils we’ve been cooking with could be harming your lungs, according to a Northwestern University Feinburg School of Medicine study published in the journal Respiratory Research. Joan Cook-Mills, PhD says “Considering the rate of affected people in this study, there could be at least 4.5 million individuals in the US with reduced lung capacity”.
Instead: Switch to sunflower and olive oils, which are rich in alpha-tocopherol, the form of vitamin E that’s associated with better lung functions.
When face-to-face with the fishmonger, it’s easy to chose the lower cost farmed salmon over the pricier wild. Many studies have shown that farmed salmon has significantly higher level of pesticides than wild. The types of pesticides may cause cancer and can cause damage to the central nervous system, thyroid and bladder in humans if there is long term exposure. Even short term exposure can cause unpleasant symptoms such as headache, respiratory problems and nausea.
Instead: While newer studies are exploring whether farm raised salmon have become healthier, it’s still wise to stick with wild. For a full list of health – and ocean – friendly fish choices visit seachoice.org for their downloadable pamphlet.