Processed Food Truths

The list of terrible things we mindlessly ingest in the name of nourishment is long, but just what are these dietary culprits comprised of? And, more important, what they’re doing to us.
Column by Carolina Lizarazo | June 18, 2018 | Lifestyle

Today, nearly 6,000 additives and chemicals are used by food companies to process our food. Many of them can have a devastating effect on our health. Almost everything that comes from a big giant brand or a huge corporation, or that comes in a zip-sealed bag or a box is processed — which means, almost everything you purchase in a grocery store. Here are things to watch for on food labels and avoid: Partially hydrogenated or hydrogenated trans fats; sugar substitutes such as saccharine & aspartame; nitrates, nitrites & sulfites; sulfur dioxide; benzoic acid, BHT; BHA; coal tar; propylene glycol; MSG; and refined or bleached flour. When it comes to avoiding many of the questionable — and possibly deadly — additives contained in processed foods, we’re only human after all, so taking baby steps toward change is usually the best approach. As you begin to eliminate processed food from your diet, you’ll be on your way to making an investment in your body’s future and, ultimately, feeling better.

Carolina Lizarazo worked as an actress for more than 16 years and is now dedicated to her business, Caruna Spa & Wellness Center; 305.456.9336,

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