There are monsters among us.
They’re much harder to spot than old-time cinematic monsters such as Godzilla or Frankenstein, but they are much, much more deadly. By learning to identify and avoid them you’ll be taking big steps towards saving your heath and your life.
There are so many of these “Frankenfoods” these days that it can be challenging keeping up with the new ones. To help you identify them more easily, here is a short list of the worst offenders:
Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs)
Many of the common ingredients used in processed food products come from genetically modified foods. The most common are corn, potatoes, soybeans, canola oil and rice, but there are many others.
Some growers like these GMOs because they are designed to survive higher levels of pesticide and herbicide use, thus making them easier to grow. They’re also commonly engineered to look fresher longer, resist insect damage, etc.
However a growing body of research points out some potentially serious problems with these “foods.”
For example, in a number of studies, rats fed GM crops developed kidney and liver damage. They also had elevated blood sugar and triglyceride levels (precursors to diabetes). Stomach lesions, intestinal damage and immune system malfunctions were among the other effects.
And these problems didn’t take years to show up. They happened as soon as 3 months after starting to eat these foods.
Although almost no testing has been done on humans, another curious fact showed up in workers picking GMO crops – they developed severe allergies.
In addition, some GMO crops, such as Roundup Ready beans, have significantly lower protein and amino acids than non-GMO crops.
My motto is, “Just say no to GMO.”
Aspartame (NutraSweet® and soon to be released as AminoSweet®) and Sucralose (Splenda®) are the two most commonly used products in this category.
Aspartame breaks down in the body into formaldehyde and wood-grain alcohol. Formaldehyde is toxic and is commonly used to preserve cadavers. Wood grain alcohol is the kind of alcohol that causes blindness.
Sucralose, which is often marketed as “made from sugar,” is actually a Chlorocarbon. In this case sugar is combined with chlorine. Other Chlorocarbons include the pesticide DDT and the toxic plastic manufacturing chemicals called PCBs.
Problems associated with artificial sweeteners include long lists of health issues ranging from immune suppression to joint pain and anxiety. Asthma, male impotence, lymph cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease are also commonly associated with these non-foods.
Sweet? I think not.
Sodas make this list for a variety of reasons.
For one, recent findings indicate soda drinkers are more likely to develop pancreatic cancer. As few as two soft drinks a week increased the risk by nearly 90 percent.
And since most sodas are sweetened by high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) or artificial sweeteners (see above), there are other problems as well.
For example, HFCS is associated with accelerated aging, cardiovascular disease, irritable bowel syndrome, kidney disease and increased cholesterol.
On top of all that, a recent sampling of 90 soda fountains in Virginia discovered the nasty fecal matter organism, E-coli, present in the soft drinks they dispensed.
Yum! Supersize that please!
You Can’t Fool Mother Nature
An outstanding general rule for improving your health and reducing your chances of serious illness later on is this – if you can’t find it in nature, don’t eat it.
The examples above are dramatic illustrations of why this is important if you want to stay healthy.
Jeffery M. Smith, Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods (Fairfield, IA: Yes Books, 2007) 21-31.
Hyperhealth Pro Database, In-Tele-Health, Hansville, WA, 2008.