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There are a number of toxic, processed foods on the market that should be avoided, containing ingredients, preservatives and additives that could be dangerous to your health when consumed consistently over time.

Read on to discover a selection of common yet toxic elements found in the food and drinks we consume each day.

Diet Beverages

Low-Calorie soft drinks, sodas and sports drinks are full of artificial flavorings such as saccharin, aspartame or sucralose. While these sweet-tasting additives might keep some weight off, consumption of diet drinks has been linked to higher incidents of Type II Diabetes. Initial cancer risk studies in the 70’s and 80’s for these flavorings were for consumption of under 24 ounces and did not test the high levels of additives we now consume daily due to their inclusion in thousands of products.

Finally, use of artificial sweeteners drives a behavior to continue consuming more artificially flavored foods with less nutritional value, thereby reducing the reward produced by eating less-sweet whole foods, such as berries and vegetables.

Refined Sugars

Consuming high amounts of all types of sugars can overload your primary sugar-processing plant: the liver. Although consuming lots of fructose is certainly less dangerous, elevated levels of HFCS (High Frustose Corn Syrup) have been linked to excessively quick weight gain, elevated insulin levels, and more severe liver damage.

Ideally, we should all eat under 12 tb of sugar daily, which is the amount found in a single breakfast cereal or most ‘heatlh’ bars.

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

Since overly processed food has a tendency to lose its flavor, MSG is used to create artificial flavors instead. While MSG, chemicals and pesticides are a harmful concoction that can destroy your brain’s nerve cells, it is still found in infant formula, low fat milk, gum, drinks, candy, medication, yogurts and vaccines.

MSG can also promote irreversible obesity, due to the fact it affects the body’s natural growth hormones. It can also cause headaches, nausea, lethargy, difficulty breathing, changes to your heart rate and heart palpitations.

MSG is listed on products under the labels ‘monosodium glutamate’, ‘free glutamate’, ‘hydrolyzed proteins’, ‘autolyzed yeast’, ‘yeast extract’, ‘caseinate’ or ‘natural’ or ‘artificial flavors’ (unfortunately the FDA does not regulate what is in “natural or artificial flavors”),