Ingredients list is often our only way to make healthy choices when it comes to food. However, all food ingredients aren’t always listed on the label. In fact, there are foods that contain toxic ingredients that are never mentioned on the label. Here’s a quick list of the ones you should be concerned of.
5 toxic ingredients that are not listed on the labels
Acrylamides: they are toxic and causes cancer. Acrylamide won’t be found on the ingredient list, as it is a chemical reaction that occurs when carbs are exposed to high heat. This means every cooked food that is browned, fried, blackened or which forms a golden crust has acrylamide.
BPA: Bisphenol-A is a chemical found in a range of plastic products, including food containers and packages. It mimics hormones, which promotes cancer, fertility problems and hormone disorders. By imitating female hormones, BPA has also been linked to male breast growth, and other male “feminizations”.
GMO: Both Canadian and US governments allow genetically modified ingredients to be added into food without indication on the label. In fact, most of today’s conventionally grown corn, soy, sunflower and cotton are genetically modified. European studies have shown that GMO could be linked to infertility problems, cancer and other serious health conditions.
MSG: While monosodium glutamate might be listed on the label, hidden forms of it aren’t always listed. In fact, many foods found in the natural food section, even those claiming to be “MSG-free” contains yeast extract, a natural form of MSG. The problem with MSG is its interaction with brain chemicals. The free form of glutamate found in MSG (natural or not) can cause brain ells to die. Yeast extract contains up to 14% of free glutamate.
Phytic acid: Phytic acid, also called phytase, is a natural compound that protects some plants from being eaten. Mostly found in grains, phytic acid prevents the plant nutrients to be absorbed by the body. Soaking and sprouting nuts and grains is probably one of the best ways to reduce the amount of phytase in food.