10 Ingredients You Should Never Eat Again
- Published on: 01 October, 2014
- Last update: 04 August, 2017
Is it possible to avoid all the harmful ingredients found in modern food?
Today I’d love to share this article with you today from Collective Evolution about harmful food ingredients (see below). CE is one of my favorite websites and this list is spot on. I posted it to Instagram earlier and a few people said, “I guess I’ll just eat water” or “what else is left to eat?” I was shocked by those responses because this list contains things like BHT and high fructose corn syrup – there are PLENTY of things to eat that are not either of those!
It may seem daunting to know that these 10 ingredients are almost unavoidable — IF you eat processed food. The beauty about that “if” is that you do not have to eat processed food.
There is so much real, fresh, homegrown and homemade food in this world that it’s an injustice to constantly eat packaged, nutrient-stripped food-like products. I understand that not everyone can afford to eat organic all the time — all I’m asking you to do is leave the packages and big brands behind. Believe me, if you food prep and make your own snacks/meals you will save your health and your money. $70 at my local farmers market can get you enough produce to last you an entire week. Items like beans, rice, and nuts can be purchased for a discounted price in bulk sections of grocery stores or on Amazon. I get eggs delivered directly to my door from a local organic farm and they come out to exactly 50 cents per egg. You can use the tips I wrote in this post to save even more.
And when you get home from the farmers market with your fresh ingredients, you can go to town and make meals or treats with just as much flavor and way more goodness than the processed stuff.
For example — you just got home from the market with a pound of zucchini. What next? How can they wiggle their way into your kids’ favorite snacks like muffins? A simple Google search will lead you to this incredibly easy gluten free zucchini muffin recipe. The recipe calls for almond flour ($9), 1 egg ($0.50), 1 cup of zucchini ($0.50), sea salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and coconut oil ($1 for 2 oz).
That recipe yields 20 MUFFINS. And, I calculated the prices for each ingredient based on buying organic! That’s $11 for twenty deliciously clean treats, or $0.55 cents per muffin.
Let’s say you don’t like muffins. No problem, I get it – you want chocolate chip cookies and are thinking about buying them packaged. You don’t have to do that, ever! All you have to do is Google the search term “clean chocolate chip cookie recipe.” Put the word “clean” in front of ANY item you’d like to make at home and you will find a fabulous recipe on the world wide web. It’s magic, honestly. Now let’s get to good stuff!
1) Sodium Benzoate
2) BHA & BHT (Butylated hydroxyanisole & butylated hydroxytoluene)
3) MSG (Monosodium glutamate)
4) Artificial Sweeteners
What’s it found in?: Low-calorie yogurts, flavored water, juices, gum, diet sodas, snack foods.