February 15, 2023

Top Ingredients to Eliminate from Your Family’s Diet

Top Ingredients to Eliminate from Your Family’s Diet

Written by Pamela Lim,  https://joyfulparenting.sg

What can I do to help make my family healthier? Every parent wants a healthy child.  

I’m going to highlight on the three major red flags ingredients that you should remove from your kitchen immediately.  I can’t stress enough the importance of reading food labels and you will find these in the ingredient label on most food package items.   

1. High Fructose Corn Syrup - HFCS
We are actually consuming huge doses of sugar, especially high fructose corn syrup. The manufacturers love it because it’s sweeter and cheaper than regular sugar.  And you can bet that HFCS is in about every processed food and sugar-sweetened drink.  

 “As part of the chemical process used to make high fructose corn syrup, the glucose and fructose — which are naturally bound together — become separated. This allows the fructose to mainline directly into your liver, which turns on a factory of fat production in your liver called lipogenesis.  This leads to fatty liver, the most common disease in America today, affecting 90 million Americans. This, in turn, leads to diabesity — pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes.” - Mark Hyman M.D.

Some researchers believe that HFCS increases blood fats (triglycerides) more than the same amount of table sugar. What’s alarming is that the chemicals used to manufacture the HFCS ends up in our food.  It’s been discovered that HFCS contains contaminates like mercury! Also, the fact that the FDA does not regulate how much contaminates may or may not be in HFCS.   

I would prefer to stick with raw honey, grade B maple syrup, fruit or black strap molasses.

2. Hydrogenated oils (Trans Fat) is what I like to call ... FAKE FAT
The human brain is the fattest organ in the body and consists of about 60 percent fat.  Well… you don’t want a brain, nervous system or the cells in your body made from fake fats.  Your body needs healthy fats to function properly. 

Hydrogenated oil is a red flag ingredient because it is a man-made (synthetic) fat.  Hydrogenated oil (Trans Fat) is labelled as shortening or partially hydrogenated, or hydrogenated mono- and diglycerides, or DATEM.  These are mainly found in processed foods.  Consider these the BAD FATS! 

Here’s what my favourite paediatrician, Dr Sears has to say about Trans Fats…

" Here’s a summary of what literature has said about the problems of hydrogenated fats and trans fats:
 -  Hydrogenated fats act biochemically in the body like saturated fats.
 -  Trans fats can elevate blood cholesterol levels, similar to the cholesterol-raising effects of saturated fats.
 -  Trans fats raise the levels of LDL cholesterol, the bad cholesterol.
-  Trans fats reduce levels of HDL cholesterol, the good cholesterol. Raising the bad cholesterol and lowering the good cholesterol in the blood spells double trouble.
-  Trans fats have been shown to decrease the body’s ability to produce natural anti- inflammatory prostaglandins.
-  Eating a diet high in nutritionally worthless hydrogenated fats may lessen a person’s daily intake of other fats, especially essential fatty acids that are important for growth and function of vital organs, such as the brain. This is a concern especially in children and frequent fast food consumers whose daily diet is high in processed and deep fat-fried foods and snacks.

-  Trans fatty acids may be linked to other health problems as well, including decreased testosterone, abnormal sperm production, and prostate disease in men; obesity, immune system depression, and diabetes.
-  Trans fats or hydrogenated fats may interfere with the ability of the cells of the body to metabolize the fats that are good for you.  This may damage cell membranes of vital structures, such as the brain and nerve cells.”

In a nutshell… hydrogenated oil – trans fats clog up your system. So stay away from it. 

Remember, the truth lies in the ingredients label. These nasty oils are probably right there in fine print. Some examples of healthy fats – first cold pressed olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil, butter from grass fed – pastured cows, grass fed beef, ghee, wild caught Alaskan salmon and raw nuts and seeds.

3. Food Dyes

Artificial colours are made from a petroleum by-product that alters colours of food to make it more visually appealing. 

According to the American Academy of Paediatrics, certain behavioural issues such as Attention Deficit Disorder and Hyperactivity (ADHD) have been officially linked to consumption of food dyes.  They have also been linked to insomnia and learning disabilities in children.  

Over the last 50 years the use of chemical food dyes has increased by 500%!  Bright colours are often added to kid’s foods so it will make the macaroni and cheese look cheesier and the juice drink look yummier. This is present in adult food, even in toothpaste and medicine!

Always look at the ingredients label.  If it says dye # __ (for example, Red Dye #40), put the product down and choose a better one.

Find time to go through your pantry, freezer, and refrigerator today. 

Read the ingredients labels on all your packaged foods and look for:
1. High fructose corn syrup or fructose or corn syrup. 
2. Hydrogenated oil, partially hydrogenated oil, or shortening.  
3 Any ingredient that has a #, like red dye #40.   

If you find one or all of those ingredients...get rid of them.  

Congratulations – you just got rid of very poor quality food, and have made you and your family healthier.