Modern Diet Health Dangers
Modern Day Foods
Clearly we live in technologically advanced society. We've used technology to develop the modern diet. Our innovations provide us with convenience and comfort.
We can serve meals to our families at lightning speed using microwave ovens, get fruits and vegetables out of canned goods, order ready made pizzas from known pizza parlors. We even take partly cooked meat and re-cook it to be served at our tables.
But we are forgetting something. We are forgetting about the additives and flavorings which are most artificial. What's the price we pay in exchange of the convenience we get?
Nutritionists claim it is our health. Research shows we need to fix our diets. Day by day, illnesses or diseases are greatly increasing. Examples of which are diabetes, hypertension and a lot more. All are associated with our diet. We need not to ignore these signs, but to pay attention to the fact that our modern day diet really has something to do with these effects.
In this hub, I will explain just a few potential dangers we may get from processed or packaged foods. Obesity and diabetes are just some of the few examples of it especially in the United States. We got these illnesses from additives that we eat everyday and we are not even aware of it. I will be mentioning some but feel free to research on others as well.
Aspartame or Artificial Sweetener
Aspartame known as artificial sweetener and a replacement for sugar in foods and beverages is made up of three chemicals Phenylalanine, Methanol, and Aspartic Acid. This was approved for dry goods in year 1981 and year 1983 for carbonated beverages. Research shows that Aspartame reacts with other food additives causing headaches or migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, weight gain, rashes, depression, insomnia, loss of taste, memory loss, and joint pain. According to researchers studying the effects of aspartame, illnesses can be triggered by ingesting aspartame. Illnesses like brain tumors, epilepsy, parkinson's disease, alzheimer's disease, and diabetes.
You better think twice about the foods and drinks that you're consuming which may contain this artificial sweetener. If you are not familiar with aspartame, it is also known as the technical name
Not familiar with aspartame? Perhaps you're more familiar with it under the brand names of Equal or NutraSweet. It's in the diet soda you're sipping as you read this!
Think you're safe from the ill effects because you don't drink diet soda? Think again. It's found in more than just soft drinks. Aspartame is, in fact, placed in more than 5,000 products in more than 50 countries worldwide.
Even if you don't choose low-calorie foods, somewhere along the way, you will encounter this dangerous additive. Especially when you choose sugar-free foods to reduce your family's consumption of sugar, chances are you are consuming aspartame unknowingly.
I mentioned awhile ago that aspartame is composed of three chemicals and one of it is Phenylalanine. This is a naturally occurring amino acid and yes this is safe but we are not meant to consume large quantities that our body can take. If Phenylalanine is too much in our body, it actually lowers the seizure threshold in our system.
Another composition of aspartame is Aspartic acid which acts as an excitatory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. Large doses of it can cause brain damage.Luckily it is excluded from the brain by the blood-brain barrier. At certain conditions, Aspartic acid can cross the blood-brain barrier thru the help of another amino acid called glutamate. Glutamate is found in monosodium glutamate which is regularly called MSG which is another food additive. If humans consume aspartame which has aspartic acid and regular people use MSG as food additives, certain dosage of these combined elements will definitely have an effect and will be the certain cause of brain damage.
I've also mentioned Methanol as one of the components of aspartame. Methanol also known as Methyl Alcohol is a type of alcohol which has a high toxicity in humans. Methanol when broken down turns into formic acid and formaldehyde. Both of these products toxic for humans. Methanol poisoning can also result in retinal damage leading to vision problems including blurring and blindness. Aside from that formaldehyde is carcinogenic, meaning it can contribute to cancer. Methanol can be obtained from other sources such as fruit juices and alcoholic beverages.
Aspartame breaks down at approximately 85 degrees Fahrenheit. According to experts, aspartame transforms after 10 minutes from the time you consume it.
Symptoms of Aspartame
The following is a list of symptoms that indicate that you are overly consuming aspartame:
- Unexplained headaches
- Hearing loss
- Slurred speech
- Anxiety attacks
- Joint pain
- Menstrual irregularities
- Chest pain
- Increased appetite
Avoid it? You've got your work Cut out for you!
Some ways that you can avoid consuming aspartame is perseverance, diligence, and discipline. Diligently reading food labels is a good start to know if aspartame is present in the food that you are buying or not. If there is an indication that the food label says "DIET", chances are it has artificial sweetener. You can also check on processed or packaged foods even if these foods are not "diet foods".
A good way to avoid aspartame as well is to slowly wean yourself from eating processed foods while incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables. It is also recommended to drink 8 glasses of water daily.
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