Here are some of the top foods that are a sure fire way to kill your in-laws and anyone else this holiday season… if you consume enough. At a minimum they have been linked to some negative health effects.
Petroleum based foods:
What are they? Anything with artificial food dyes is likely to contain petroleum. More specifically, Blue #1, Blue #2, Yellow #5, Yellow #6, Red #3, and Red #40. Other names that these products or other petroleum-based products go by include the following: methyl benzoate, ethyl methylphenylglicidate, E127 or Erythrosine, tertiary butylhydroquinone or TBHQ. Generally speaking, anything that states “artificial color added” or something similar contains one of these petroleum-based products.
Where are they found? These ingredients can be found in many of the candies that will be stuffing stockings this holiday season such as M&Ms, Skittles, and Sour Patch Kids, just to name a few. They are also often found in baked goods, yogurt, pudding, and jello, foods which most of us will likely see at holiday gatherings over the next few weeks.
Potential health effects: Studies have shown links between petroleum-based products and a wide-range of health concerns including behavioral disorders (e.g, ADD/ADHD), headaches, insomnia, allergies, hypersensitivity, cancer, chromosomal damage, and cellular dysfunction.
Hydrogenated fats (oils):
What are they? Hydrogenated oils are made from edible oils extracted from plants including soybean oil, sunflower oil, palm oil, cottonseed oil, and olive oil. They are often used in foods to promote longer shelf-life, allow for higher cooking temperatures than some other oils, and give texture to certain foods.
Where are they found? A close look at the food labels in the average American’s pantry and refrigerator will reveal just how common the use of hydrogenated fats and oils is in foods with which we are most familiar, particularly around the holidays. Common sources of hydrogenated oils include margarine, salad dressing, baked goods, coffee creamer, potato chips, and fried foods.
Potential health effects: Links between the use of hydrogenated fats and oils and issues such trouble controlling blood sugar (e.g, insulin resistance and Type 2 Diabetes), chronic systemic inflammation, and significantly increased chances of both heart disease and stroke have been shown in various studies.
What are they? Estrogenic compounds mimic the hormone estrogen by binding to receptors in our bodies, ultimately causing hormone imbalances, leading to host of health concerns in both men and women. Estrogenic compounds that can be found in our foods include phytoestrogens, mycoestrogens,propyl gallate, and Red #40.
Where are they found? Foods often containing estrogenic compounds of various kinds include soy, flax, some grains, baked goods, shortening, dried meats, mayonnaise, and candies.
Potential health effects: Research shows that consumption of estrogenic compounds has been linked to the promotion of allergies, breast cancer, depression, infertility, obesity, prostate cancer, and testicular cancer.