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FOOD NOT ONLY AFFECTS your waistline; it
can also affect how you think, act and feel emo-
tionally. Many foods or food additives we con-
sume can wreak major havoc on our nervous
system, resulting in moodiness, fatigue, anxiety,
and even depression. The tiniest hidden traces of
these mood-wrecking foods can leave you feel-
ing down. Know what to look for to ensure your
mood isn't compromised.
The fact that white flour is bad for your health
isn't necessarily ground-breaking nutrition infor-
mation. However, this powdery white substance
also sneaks its way into foods like soups and
salad dressing by acting as a thickening agent.
Because of its empty calories and high blood glu-
cose content, even a small amount can cause
mood swings and hunger pains.
Rule of thumb: If it's white, don't take a single
bite. Instead, choose 100% whole grains or
This food dye is one of the most commonly used
dyes. Its sole purpose is to make food colourful
and enhance the flavour, and it's hidden in every-
thing, from frosting and chips to sports drinks
and fruit snacks. However, don't let the bright
colour or tastes fool you: this additive is linked to
hypersensitivity and ADHD among children and
Rule of thumb: Don't be misled, stay away from
RED. Ensure even your favourite organic snacks
are free and clear of this harmful dye.
Hydrogenated oils are processed oils that are
used by manufacturers to extend the shelf life of
products. Hydrogenated oils are also responsible
for creating trans fat in foods. Trans fat is shown
to increase cholesterol levels and increase
weight, since your body has to work extra hard
to digest it. It can also cause brain fog and severe
Rule of thumb: The shorter the expiration date,
the better for your weight. (And your happi-
ness!) Opt for products that expire within a
week or two. And always choose healthy oils like
organic coconut oil or organic extra virgin olive oil.
Aspartame is an ingredient used to sweeten
"sugar-free" products on the market. While you
might think you're doing yourself a favour by
skipping the sugar, you might want to think
twice. Aspartame is a chemical that has been
shown to cause headaches, digestive issues and
Rule of thumb: If it says sugar free, it most likely
means hazardous chemical concoction. Instead,
sweeten foods with 100% raw cane sugar, co-
conut sugar or raw honey.
Our bodies aren't meant to process chemicals,
and that certainly applies to this one. Yellow No.
5 is a food dye most commonly found in cookies,
soft drinks, and even gum. If a product contains
high quantities of yellow food dye, it can give
food or drinks a yellowish glow. This food dye
has been linked to asthma, allergic reactions and
Rule of thumb: If it contains yellow, say hell NO!
Always take caution before eating foods or can-
dies that are extremely colourful, as they're more
likely to contain food dyes.
Mono-sodium glutamate, also known as MSG, is
commonly used in packaged foods to enhance
flavour and extend shelf life. Many products like
chips, soups and frozen meals contain MSG.
Consuming even small amounts of this ingredi-
ent can lead to light-headedness, nausea, feel-
ings of anxiety and weakness.
Rule of thumb: If it contains MSG, it's no good to
me! (Or my body!) But be careful; the FDA does-
n't require MSG to be listed as an ingredient. Al-
ways choose products that are organic or
labelled "MSG Free."
Sugar is hidden in almost every processed and
packaged food, including chips, sauces, fruit
juices, cereals and energy bars. Sugar is often
disguised by one of its many names: dextrose,
fructose, corn syrup, lactose and sucrose. Eating
foods that are high in sugar can contribute to
health issues such as diabetes, thyroid issues,
depression and weight gain.
Rule of thumb: When sugar is a main ingredient,
opt for a sweet fruit as a supplement. If you re-
ally have a fix for something sweet, opt for a
healthier version of your favourite treat.
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The shorter the expiration date, the
better for your weight. (And your
happiness!) Opt for products that
expire within a week or two.
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