You probably didn’t know this, but the quality of your health is dependent upon the quality of your cells. Current estimates indicate that there are anywhere from 10 trillion to 100 trillion cells in your body. Cells are specialised to carry out specific functions in the body. So really, if someone is ‘unhealthy’, what we are really saying is that they do things that jeopardise the life of their cells. One of the very things than can spoil the health of your cells is diet. Food ingredients can cause cell damage and wreak havoc throughout your body. We know that cancers are the result of cell mutation, and that certain foods with bad ingredients, along with behaviours can cause this to happen. In todays article I’m going to share with you 5 food ingredients that are making you sick and must be avoided, listed below:

1. Avoid Aspartame

Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Many of these reactions are very serious, including seizures and death.  Just few of the 90 different documented symptoms listed in the report as part of aspartame dangers are: Headaches, heart palpitations,  memory loss,  fatigue and weight gain, etc. Aspartame was discovered by accident in 1965 when James Schlatter, a chemist of G.D. Searle Company, was testing an anti-ulcer drug. Aspartame can be mainly found in diet sods and sweeteners. If you want to improve your health, start by getting rid of the diet soda.

2. Avoid Bleached Flour

White flour is one of the ultimate refined foods. It provides little nutrition and for some people, wheat and similar grains can be harmful to eat. These grains contain gluten, a indigestible protein which is associated with the symptoms and gut damage of Celiac Disease. Flour manufacturers use a form of chlorine gas to bleach and artificially age flour, which leaves it’s white clean product. The chlorine gas reacts with the flour, oxidising, whitening it and reducing the gluten.

3. Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup

Sugar in any form contributes to obesity and disease especially when consumed in pharmacologic doses. High fructose corn syrup is harmful when consumed in pharmacologic doses of 140 pounds per person per year. When one 20 ounce HFCS sweetened soda, sports drink, or tea has 17 teaspoons of sugar (and the average teenager often consumes two drinks a day) we are talking a major health risk.  Not only that,  high fructose corn syrup is an industrial food product and far from natural. It is extracted from corn stalks through a secret process that not even journalist Michael Pollan was allowed to observe it for his book The Omnivore’s Dilemma. 

4. Avoid Trans Fat/ Partially Hydrogenated Oil

Trans fat is a monounsaturated fatty acid. The shape of trans-fat molecules is more like cholesterol-raising saturated fat than a typical monounsaturated fatty acid. And for this reason, it increases cholesterol levels in blood and increases the risk of heart disease. To increase shelf life and obtain the cooking properties of solid shortenings, oils are partially hydrogenated. Partially hydrogenated oils have been used to replace butter, lard, palm oil, coconut oil, and other “hard” fats in such foods as many processed foods. Trans fat increases the amount of “bad” (LDL) cholesterol in blood, and that increases the risk of heart disease. It also decreases the “good” (HDL) cholesterol, which may increase the risk of heart disease even more.

5. Avoid Artificial Colours / Food Dyes

Preliminary evidence suggests that many children can be very sensitive to food dyes, with symptoms  including allergies, hyperactivity, learning impairment, irritability and aggressiveness. A 2007 British study found that children who consumed a mixture of common synthetic dyes displayed hyperactive behaviour within an hour of consumption. (These children had not been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD). Not only this, but certain colours have been linked to cancers. And since more of us are eating these artificial colours found in cereals, sweets and other branded goods, it is a cause of concern and is better off avoided.