Several months ago I began looking into what my family was eating correctly when it comes to the foods we buy in the grocery store and at some of the most popular chain restaurants in the Quad Cities. I also noticed that even though I had been making healthier choices when we went out to eat, it hasn’t been making much of a difference on my waistline. Why was this happening?
In an article published in the Huffington Post Canada, Holistic Nutritionist Danielle Felip, explains what ingredients we should avoid in the foods we buy. According to the Huffington Post Canada article, ingredients to avoid are food with excessive sugar, MSG and trans-fat. MSG is mainly found in fast food places and many guilty pleasure comfort foods. “Some people may experience an allergic-type reaction with the consumption of MSG, and it has been linked to migraines, diarrhea and heart palpitations,” Felip says. Experts suggest sticking to foods with a low number of ingredients, foods with over five or 10 ingredients contain preservatives, sugars and additives that are hard to digest.
Even though, I had been very mindful of avoiding carbs and sugars I had not paid attention to what I had been eating at some of the restaurants around the area. I had not specifically asked the restaurant staff what sorts of additives they might be adding to the food. Now I am not saying that this is the sole reason I have not lost the kind of weight I would have liked to have, but it does make me think about asking more questions. I wouldn’t mind asking what kinds of additives are put in the foods that some of the more famous restaurants are serving me. It’s just something to think about.
Here is the list of ingredients we should avoid according to the Huffington Post Canada article:
Bleached White Flour
High-Fructose Corn Syrup
BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene)
Partially Hydrogenated Oil
Sodium Nitrate and Sodium Nitrite
Let me know if you have any questions or comments.
Dr. Shah, M.D.