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you & food: 7 mood-changing ingredients {to REALLY avoid!}


Many foods or food additives we eat can wreak major havoc on our nervous system, leaving us moody, fatigued, anxious and even depressed.

The trick is to know what ingredients to look for, here’s a start:
1. WHITE FLOUR The fact that white flour is bad for your health isn’t necessarily groundbreaking nutrition information. However, this powdery white substance also sneaks its way into foods like soups and salad dressing by acting as a thickening agent. Because of its empty calories and high blood glucose content, even a small amount can cause mood swings and hunger pains
food for thought: If it’s white, don’t take a single bite. Instead, choose 100% whole grains or gluten-free options.

2. FD & C Red No. 40 This food dye is one of the most commonly used dyes. Its sole purpose is to make food colourful and enhance the flavour, and it’s hidden in everything from frosting and chips to sports drinks and fruit snacks. However, don’t let the bright colour or tastes fool you: this additive is linked to hypersensitivity and ADHD among children and adults.
food for thought: Don’t be misled, stay away from RED. Ensure even your favourite organic snacks are free and clear of this harmful dye.

3. HYDROGENATED OILS are processed oils that are used by manufacturers to extend the shelf life of products. Hydrogenated oils are also responsible for creating trans fat in foods. Trans fat is shown to increase cholesterol levels and increase weight since your body has to work extra hard to digest it. It can also cause brain fog and severe moodiness.
food for thought: The shorter the expiration date, the better for your weight. {And your happiness!} Opt for products that expire within a week or two. And always choose healthy oils like organic coconut oil or organic extra virgin olive oil.

4. ASPARTAME is an ingredient used to sweeten ‘sugar-free’ products on the market. While you might think you’re doing yourself a favour by skipping the sugar, you might want to think twice. Aspartame is a chemical that has been shown to cause headaches, digestive issues and even seizures.
food for thought: If it says sugar-free, it most likely means hazardous chemical concoction. Instead, sweeten foods with 100% raw cane sugar, coconut sugar or raw honey.

5. FD & C Yellow No. 5 Our bodies aren’t meant to process chemicals, and that certainly applies to this one. Yellow no. 5 is a food dye most commonly found in cookies, soft drinks and even gum. If a product contains high quantities of yellow food dye, it can give food or drinks a yellowish glow. This food dye has been linked to asthma, allergic reactions and mood disorders.
food for thought: If it contains yellow, say NO! Always take caution before eating foods or lollies that are extremely colourful, as they’re more likely to contain food dyes.

6. MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE, also known as MSG, is commonly used in packaged foods to enhance flavour and extend shelf life. Many products like chips, soups and frozen meals contain MSG. Consuming even small amounts of this ingredient can lead to light-headedness, nausea, feelings of anxiety and weakness.
food for thought: If it contains MSG, it’s not good. But be careful; the FDA doesn’t require MSG to be listed as an ingredient. Always choose products that are organic or labelled ‘MSG Free.’

7. TOO MUCH SUGAR is hidden in almost every processed and packaged food, including chips, sauces, fruit juices, cereals and energy bars. Sugar is often disguised by one of its many names: dextrose, fructose, corn syrup, lactose and sucrose. Eating foods that are high in sugar can contribute to health issues such as diabetes, thyroid issues, depression and weight gain.
food for thought: When sugar is the main ingredient, opt for a sweet fruit as a supplement. If you really have a fix for something sweet, opt for a healthier version of your fave treat.

{Source: mindbodygreen / Pic: Vogue}


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