Ingredients to Avoid

Ingredients to Avoid

2 Common Ingredients to Avoid at the Grocery Store

Life in a grocery storecommon-ingredients-to-avoid can get complicated, FAST. As soon as you enter the central aisles where all the packaged products line the shelves you are in vocabulary hell. What do those long ingredient names mean?  I’ve listed 2 common ingredients to avoid when you can.

It got much easier when I stopped buying packaged items. I learned the essentials of what was good and bad and tried to avoid having to deal with them.

However, for many reasons you can’t always avoid packaged, processed items. We are often bombarded by news articles about a healthy ‘this-and-that’, or shocker articles that example extraordinary caloric values in some of our nation’s most favored foods.

Here are two common ingredients

found in a grocery store that are significantly less than 100% good for us:

• Crushed Carmine
• BVO/BV Oils

So what are some of these key ingredients, you ask? Are they difficult to find at the store? Actually, not at all! They’re in a lot of foods you might often consume, and that’s why you need to know the risks. Let’s break them down.

Carmine, or coccus carmine should be a little more familiar. This food colorant made international news when Starbucks was found to use the crushed beetle as a primary natural colorant to brighten their drinks. While the idea of health impact after consuming insects isn’t in itself horrible, there should be no need to color the foods that you consume, regardless of where you purchase them.

BVO, or Brominated Vegetable Oils are listed as one of the highest consumed chemicals in consumer foods for one reason: soft drinks. Look at the back of any can of Mountain Dew or mainstream energy drink and you’ll find this chemical nestled up to many others. And as you’re quenching your thirst, just remember you could potentially be quenching a nearby fire, as well. Brominated Vegetable Oils were originally patented to line plastic bins to prevent fires from spreading and aid in fire suppression. Now, it’s commonly used as the ‘taste-emulsifier’ in many drinks. A quick Google search reveals many petitions to beverage companies to remove this chemical. Scientific American called for a safety assessment in 2011 after there were documented cases linking high-consumption to memory loss, lesions and nerve disorders.

Although the list of food transgressions is long, many are easy to avoid. Focus on locally grown foods, choose season-appropriate produce, and research some of the common household brands you use to see if you need to find an alternative.

 

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