Packaged foods help in time management, but experts say they are killing you slowly. While you may argue that you look for the re-assuring words on packets —– no trans-fat, no preservatives, no MSG, experts say that these boxes are full of other hidden ingredients that can pose serious health problems, if consumed in the long-term.
Killer Ingredients : Invert syrup, strawberry crush (sugar, water, strawberry pulp, thickener), pineapple crush, mango crush, apple juice liquid glucose, soy lecithin.
What is hiding : The label says, there’s no added sugar, but the sugar rush you get from the various syrups added to make this a scrumptious breakfast, is perhaps why you probably have been hyperactive. If your blood sugar levels are going awry, blame it on your breakfast cereals.. That’s not the only worry. Most packaged muesli contains soy lecithin, a byproduct of the soybean oil production. Studies suggest some of the common side-effects of soy lecithin are change in weight (loss or gain), loss of appetite, occasional nausea, dizziness, vomiting and confusion.
Killer Ingredients : Dehydrated vegetables, water, edible vegetable oil, cashewnut salt, sugar, butter, ginger paste.
What’s hiding ? —– Physician and cardio-metabolic specialist, at Mumbai’s Bhatia Hospital, Dr. Hemant Thacker, says that ready-to-eat meals are full of dehydrated vegetable which are nutrient-empty. Worse, the process of re-heating the vegetable kills whatever micro-nutrients are left in the food. Additives (found in such food) may be permissible for that much quantity of food, but if you keep eating it day in and day out, you are posing great danger to your kidney and liver.
Killer Ingredients : Corn flour, edible vegetable oil, thickener, dried glucose syrup, edible vegetable fat, yeast extract powder, hydrolysed vegetable protein, acidity regulator, flavour enhancer.
What’s Hiding ? —- Colouring agents are toxic, Dr. Thacker says. “They put the liver and the kidney into over-drive, since these organs have to work extra hard to wash away chemicals from the system and make them safe for the body. This means that the over-worked liver is unable to do its regular job —-it handles the nutrients that have been absorbed by the gut from food, removes toxins from blood, makes proteins like albumin and secretes bile which helps digest fatty foods in particular — as efficiently.” That apart, hydrolysed vegetable protein contains up to 30% MSG, which is known to trigger headaches, rapid heart rate, chest pain and cause nausea.