The food we eat is more processed than ever before. This is due to the way our food gets to our table and how the food industry has developed over the past 50 years. Additives are used mostly to preserve, stabilize and manipulate our food, but they can also lead to ill effects on our health. Even major chain restaurants such as Panera are wising up and taking the time to rid their menu of additives.

Here are the top three on my list to avoid! Let these lists serve as a guide. Cleaning up your diet can feel overwhelming at first until you learn to recognize these harmful additives. Take a few minutes while you’re out at the grocery store to read the labels of the foods you purchase. Replacing foods that contain these additives with products that don’t can make a big difference in how you feel and function day to day.

1. HYDROGENATED OILS

Food manufacturers use hydrogenated oils to increase the shelf life of products and cut costs. When a liquid unsaturated fat is manipulated into solid form, hydrogen is needed to stabilize the oil. This is how trans fats are made. Hydrogenated oils increase your LDL Cholesterol and lower your HDL Cholesterol, creating increased stress on your cardiovascular system.

COMMON CULPRITS OF HYDROGENATED OILS INCLUDE:
· Margarine
· Vegetable shortening
· Packaged snacks
· Prepackaged baked good
· Fried food
· Coffee creamers

2. MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE (MSG)

Glutamate is a naturally occurring amino acid that the body uses and needs. However, synthetic manipulation and processing of glutamate produces a form that is not found in nature and can be a toxin when ingested. Common symptoms from people that ingest MSG include headaches and migraines, flushing, poor attention and weakness in the arms and legs.

COMMON CULPRITS OF MSG INCLUDE:
· Soy sauce
· Chicken flavoring
· Seasonings
· Soy protein
· Corn starch

3. CARRAGEENAN

Carrageenan is an extract from a red seaweed that is used as a thickener or emulsifier to improve the texture of ice cream, soymilk, cheese and other processed foods. Research has shown that carrageenan causes inflammation; a big problem considering inflammation underlies major diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Common reactions to carrageenan include skin rashes and digestive disturbances.

COMMON CULPRITS OF CARRAGEENAN INCLUDE:
· Flavored milk
· Cottage cheese
· Cream
· Ice cream
· Yogurt
· Non-dairy milk replacements
· Certain deli meats

Let these lists serve as a guide. Cleaning up your diet can feel overwhelming at rst until you learn to recognize these harmful additives. Take a few minutes while you’re out at the grocery store to read the labels of the foods you purchase. Replacing foods that contain these additives with products that don’t can make a big difference in how you feel and function day to day.

Dr. Michael Adney of Serving Life Chiropractic is focused on structural correction of the spine. He uses state of the art technology and techniques to restore full function of the spine and nervous system to allow the in-born recuperative capacity of the body to work optimally. Visit www.ServingLifeChiropractic.com 970.422.2032.

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