Life is short, therefore, you like to indulge a little bit here and there. However, that bacon cheeseburger, diet soda, and fries once in awhile does more than just harm your allotted weekly calorie intake. Aside from adding to your waistline, these 20 foods do more than just make your pants tight and your tops fit funny. These foods are laced with chemicals and dangerous additives that have severe effects on your health.
1. Fast Food Iced Tea
Harmful Ingredient: Propylene glycol alginate (E405)
While iced tea probably seems like the healthiest option, you’d be surprised at how wrong you really are. There is an ingredient known as, Propylene glycol alginate, also referred to as E405. Do you know where else this same ingredient is found? Unfortunately, you can find E405 in anti-freeze and runway deicer. Propylene glycol alginate is a food thickener, stabilizer, and can cause cardiovascular or neurotoxic issues. It is widely used among the fast food chains in their iced teas.
Eat This Instead: Try steeping green tea in cool water for a few minutes instead of the traditional warm water. In fact, the cool water steeping can have more nutritional benefits than warm water. Either way, green tea is great for burning fat and keeping you alert.
2. Tile Fish
Harmful Ingredient: Mercury
All fish have trace amounts of mercury, however, tile fish is ranked #1 in dangerous levels of mercury. It is even more dangerous than shark or swordfish.
Eat This Instead: Atlantic Mackerel! It has the lowest trace amounts of mercury among all the different types of fish.
3. Microwave Popcorn
Harmful Ingredient: Trans Fats
A lot of sources will say that popcorn is a great and healthy snack. However, microwave popcorn is not the exception. Air popped popcorn is a healthy and nutritious snack full of fiber and whole grains. On the other hand, the microwaveable brands like Jiffy Pop and Jolly Time are not in the same league as the air popped kernels. These butter ‘flavored’ treats are laced with diacetyl (DA). Studies show that diacetyl breaks down the layers of cells that protect one of the most vital organs: the brain.
Eat This Instead: Air pop some kernels! All you need is a brown paper bag, unpopped kernels, and a microwave. Pour a handful of kernels into a brown lunch bag. Next, fold the lunch bag over a few times until it is properly sealed and toss it into the microwave. You will know when the bag is ready when you hear a pop only once every five seconds. Enjoy!
4. Fast Food Chicken Nuggets
Harmful Ingredient: Diglycerides, Red #40, carrageenan
All chicken nuggets contain some amount of chicken, however, this mouthful of a chemical is what keeps the chicken nuggets looking good for months at a time. Even buying frozen chicken nuggets from the grocery store doesn’t keep you safe from the harmful additives. The purpose of this chemical is to also keep the limited organic material (i.e: chicken) inside the nugget looking good even if it is frozen for long periods of time.
Eat This Instead: Cut organic chicken breast into pieces, dip into a mixture of egg and breadcrumbs, and bake at home in your oven. They are tasty and you know exactly what is going in them.