Natural isn’t always as
natural as you would hope.
It’s a nice idea, and it’s a line that has been used to justify steroids and plenty of other things. If you saw belladonna or poison ivy on your menu, would you think oh that sounds natural and good? Would you eat it? Probably not. It’s natural, isn’t it? That’s not the only thing you should consider. When it comes to foods, chances are you’re not going to see things like belladonna or arsenic (in some wild foods) on the menu. However, what you will see is some food additives and other things that aren’t actually so natural or good for you.
It sounds weird as is, and you could take this to mean it’s some kind of fruit from a far away land that is super good for you. It is derived from seaweed technically, meaning you could consider it natural. However, it has actually been connected to inflammation, which is often connected to various issues such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, and more.
This ingredient is commonly found in various dairy products for the most part.
Okay, so coloring in general is probably bad. It’s artificial in nature. When it comes to caramel coloring, which turns it brown, it’s caramelized sugar traditionally speaking. When it’s in yoru soda though, it’s not exactly the same. It actually ends up using sugar heated with amonium compounds, which uses the cancer causing by-product 4-MI. This can be found in various sodas across the country, and the best move may be to avoid soda altogether (which has been connected to various other issues anyway).
Palm oil has become the go to replacement for your partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. This was after the FDA required trans-fat labeling rules on processed foods. They used this to get around the efforts to improve public health and awareness. There have been some studies that show that palm oil could be as bad for your heart as trans fats. Obviously, the heart damaging issues are a significant problem, butit is also responsible for a lot of deforestation.
Palm oil is typically found in crackers, cookies, baked goods in general, etc. If you want to avoid this, try using safflower oil or sunflower oil, which are both healthier.
Evaporated Cane Juice
It sounds natural, sugar cane, right? It is without question refined white sugar according to naturopathic physician Andrew Weil MD. The problem is that it’s not really juice, rather dried crystals that is there after raw sugar cane has been boiled. They then go through more processing, which makes this devoid of any of the vitamins and minerals it may have originally had. The FDA has proposed not to allow them to use the word
juice, because it is obviously misleading. Only time will tell on this one though.
Fruit Juice Concentrate
On this one, you would really think that it would be pretty obvious. Fruit juice concentrate has to come from fruits….or does it? No, it doesn’t. They are commonly made up of sweeteners, and they have plenty of empty calories according to the Harvard School of Public Health. This has been linked to heart problems to start.
So try actual fruit. It’s really that simple. There are plenty of fruits with natural sugars that are extremely good for you, and they also have plenty of healthy fiber, vitamins, and healthy antioxidants.
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Despite all of the commercials, this is not a good thing. High fructose corn syrup has little to no actual nutritional value. It can be added to everything that has been processed unfortunately, and it can lead to some major issues with obesity. Mercury could even be hiding in this particular ingredient. Don’t be fooled on this one. Just avoid.