Scary Seven

Scary Seven Naturally Savvy
Scary Seven Naturally Savvy

1. High-Fructose Corn Syrup

(Glucose-Fructose in Canada) Potential side-effects: obesity, insulin resistance, increased belly fat, heart disease.

2. Trans Fats

(Labeled as “shortening”, “partially hydrogenated”, or “hydrogenated”, “mono and diglycerides”, or “DATEM”) Potential side-effects: heart disease, cancer, diabetes.

3. Artificial Flavors

A blanket term reffering to over 100 possible chemical additives. Potential side-effects: allergic and behavioral reactions.

4. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

Potential side-effects: chest pain, heart palpitations, headaches, stimulates taste buds causing us to eat more.

5. Artificial Colors

Potential side-effects: Allergies, sinus congestion, hyperactivity in children, worsens symptoms of ADD and ADHD.

6. Artificial Sweeteners

Aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet): Primaty affects the nervous system. Potential side-effects: headaches, dizziness, memory loss, convulsions. Sucralose (Splenda): More research is needed to determine its safety. Acesulfame Potassium (Ace-K): Research indicates it may cause cancer Neotame: Need more studies to confirm safety. Saccharin (Sweet’N Low): Proven to cause cancer in animals. Suspected human carcinogen.

7. Preservatives

Potential side effects: TBHQ: Tinnitus, nausea, vomiting. Polysorbates (60,65 & 80): Infertility, immunosuppressant, anaphylaxis. BHT/BHA: Liver and kidney problems. BHA is a possible carcinogen. Nitrates or Nitrites: Allergic reactions, potential carcinogen. Potassium Sorbate: Allergic reactions, nausea, diarrhea and DNA damage. Sodium Benzoate: Allergic reactions, carcinogen. Sulfites: Allergic reactions – especially for asthmatics.