Health & Fitness

Athlete or Not, These are Food Ingredients to Avoid

If you don’t put much thought into what you eat…think again. You are what you eat is no lie.

You should know that 80% of your fitness results can be attributed to your eating habits.

We are in such a hurry to eat sometimes that we just don’t pay attention to what we are ingesting. And this is what we can tie to excess body fat and poor nutrition. What is the best for you to eat is confusing. There‘s all sorts of misinformation out there from the media and from food manufacturers. Food companies use lots of unhealthful and dodgy ingredients to extend shelf life, add gaudy colors, and make us crave their products. Avoiding these ingredients helps you to improve the quality of what you put into your body.

Read labels to know what you’re putting in your body.

There are ingredients that you want to avoid. Seeing these listed on a food label or recognizing that it is manufactured into a product should automatically signal to you that you don’t want it.

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) – a highly-refined sweetener in which corn starch is separated from the corn kernel – Read more about HFCS and why you should avoid it.

Agave Nectar – a highly-processed sweetener derived from the agave (cactus) plant. Most agave sold in the US comes from Mexico – Read more about Agave Nectar and why you should avoid it.

Hydrogenated Fat / Partially Hydrogenated Fat (Trans Fat) – made by adding hydrogen to vegetable oil through a process called hydrogenation – Read more about Trans Fat and why you should avoid it.

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) – an amino acid used as a flavor-enhancer in processed foods – Read more about MGS and why you should avoid it.

Aspartame – one of the most widely-used artificial sweeteners in the world – Read more about Aspartame and why you should avoid it.

White Flour & White Sugar – the main ingredients of most breads and pastries – Read more about White Flour & White Sugar and why you should avoid them.

Artificial Food Coloring – used to make naturally non-colorful foods colorful – Read more about Artificial Food Coloring and why you should avoid it.

BHA & BHT – preservatives used in many foods to prevent oxidation and to extend shelf life – Read more about BHA & BHT and why you should avoid them.

Nitrites & Nitrates – two closely-related chemicals used to preserve meat – Read more about Nitrites & Nitrates and why you should avoid them.

Potassium Bromate – a form of bromide used as an additive to increase volume in some breads , rolls and flours – Read more about Potassium Bromate and why you should avoid it.

Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) – a genetically-engineered version of the natural growth hormone produced by cows. It is used to boost milk production in dairy cows – Read more about rBGH and why you should avoid it.

Refined Vegetable Oil – represents several kinds of commercially-refined vegetables oils – Read more about Refined Vegetable Oil and why you should avoid it.

Once you cut these items out of your diet, you’ll be pleased with the results. You will see excess weight loss, higher energy levels and you will just generally feel better.

Another way to think about purifying your diet is by focusing on eating “real food”. These food items include lean meats, vegetables, whole grains, fruits, nuts and seeds. Interestingly enough, real food items are generally found around the perimeter of your supermarket.

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