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10 Horrifying Facts About Processed Food

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    Commercial Bread

    While processed bread is known to lead to things such as weight gain and diabetes, did you know that it also can contain human hair? L-Cysteine is a derivative of human hair (which is gathered mostly from barber shops and hair salons in China), and it is added to packaged and processed breads to increase the shelf life.

    Sure it's disgusting to think about getting diabetes, but that alone doesn't seem to be enough to deter people from consuming it, given the amount of it that is consumed each year. So, next time you eat some bread, just imagine that you're noshing on that hair you found in your salad last week. That hair that most definitely wasn't yours. Enough said.

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    Farm-Raised Salmon

    Wild salmon is naturally pink, due to its diet of krill. However, farm-raised salmon typically does not consume krill, which changes its color from pink to gray. While I doubt anyone wants to eat gray salmon, I'm sure you really wouldn't want to eat gray salmon that has been dyed pink. One of the chemicals used to dye salmon, Canthaxanthin, has been linked to retinal damage. 

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    Food Dyes

    Studies are finding that dyes used to color our food are also causing hyperactivity in children. As a parent, I stay away from these dyes as much as possible.

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    Ice Cream

    This is probably the grossest one of all: beaver anal glands. Yep, you read that right. The anal and urine secretions ("Secretions"?! Is that not just a nice way of saying poop and pee?) of beavers is contained in many vanilla, strawberry, and raspberry ice creams, and is labeled as a "natural ingredient." Ha! Natural. Riight.

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    Salad Dressing

    Some salad dressings contain titanium dioxide, which is found in paint and sunscreen, in order to give it a whiter appearance. Yum!

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    • It is highly processed. Many cereals contain high fructose corn syrup, and most contain artificial ingredients, not to mention added sugar.
    • Despite what the label says about whole grains, most cereal on the market is made from refined carbohydrates. Technically, the company isn't lying when they say their cereal is made from whole grains. All grains started out whole... until they are refined. Duh! By the time they are done with them, you might as well be pouring straight sugar into your bowl because that's what refined grains convert to almost immediately in the body.

    Yes, some cereals use ACTUAL whole grains, AND are minimally processed AND contain little to no added sugar, but I can count those on one hand.

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    Legally allowed amounts of insect and animal matter

    • Rodent hairs are legally allowed in processed food. Specifically, 4 hairs per 100 grams. 
    • Legally, Oregano can contain 1,250 insect fragments per 10 grams. 
    • Cinnamon can legally carry up to 1 milligram of animal feces per pound.

    And now I think I might cry.

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    While it isn't true that margarine is 1 molecule away from being plastic, or that it originally killed a bunch of turkeys before it was marketed as margarine, there are still some horrifying truths about this faux, less tasty, "butter":

    • Margarine can increase the risk over heart disease more than butter will, due to the trans fat contained in margarine.
    • It is proved to lower the quality of breast milk.
    • Margarine decreases insulin response, which means a higher risk of diabetes. Yikes!
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    Milk contains hormones that may cause cancer. Today, a dairy cow produces twice as much milk as it did in 1970, thanks to all the hormones (rBST) it is pumped up with. rBST has been linked to a variety of cancers. Thankfully, some supermarkets will only carry rBST-free dairy, but it's best to still read labels. 

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    • Every soda a child drinks per day increases his or her likelihhod of becoming obese by 60%.
    • Americans consume about 38lbs of sugar, and about 45 gallons of sugary drinks each year.
    • Soda can be used to clean a toilet.
    • Hazardous materials signs are required on the trucks that carry the concentrated ingredients.
    • Many sodas contain propylene glycol, which is a compound that is used to make everything from antifreeze to cosmetics. Drink up!

    But what about diet soda? Check this out:

    • Artificial sweeteners contained in diet soda possess a much sweeter and more intense flavor. Over time, this deadens our taste buds to things that aren't as intense, but that are actually good for us. 
    • It is associated with an INCREASED risk of Type 2 Diabetes. Diet soda can cause metabolic syndrome, which can lead to diabetes. 
    • Artificial sweeteners are linked to headaches, as well as other dangerous side effects.
    • It has been associated with a 30% increased likelihood of depression.


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