Processed foods are designed to taste good.
Joachim_Marian_Winkler / Pixabay – Processed foods are designed to taste good.

Everything around you is your enemy when it comes to your health. I don’t make that statement lightly. Look around! Fast food establishments abound. Our grocery stores have processed foods on aisle after aisle after aisle. We have toxins in almost everything we touch, eat and drink.

Are you aware of the things that can harm you in your environment? For example, wheat (gluten) is known to create a lot of problems for some people. You might not have a wheat/gluten problem – at least one that you don’t recognize. Do you need wheat to live? No, you don’t. There are many other nutrient dense options available better than wheat.

Wheat is probably the number one poison available on the grocery shelf today. It is responsible for many diseases. I strongly suggest that you read two books if you are really serious about your health. One is Grain Brain, by David Perlmutter, M.D. The other is Wheat Belly, by William Davis, M.D. We eat wheat because it tastes good. And, it is relatively inexpensive and available everywhere. Wheat is contained on many food labels, but not always labeled as ‘wheat’. Here are some examples of wheat hiding under a different name:

● All purpose flour
● Bread made with white flour, wheat flour or bread crumbs
● Bulgur
● Cereal extract
● Cracker meal
● Couscous
● Einkorn
● Emma
● Farro
● Farine
● Flour (atta, club, common, durum, einkorn, emmer, farina)
● Flour (graham, kamut, maida, semolina, spelt, triticale, triticum)
● Flour (all purpose, bread, bromated, cake, enriched, high gluten)
● Flour (high protein, instant pasty, phosphate, plan, soft wheat)
● Flour (steel ground, stone, ground, self-rising, unbleached, whole wheat)
● Fu
● Gluten – wheat gluten, vital gluten, vital wheat gluten, fu
● Kamut – Khorasan wheat
● Malt and malt extract
● Matzo (matzoh, matzah, matza)
● Noodles (pasta)
● Seitan
● Semolina
● Spelt
● Tabbouleh
● Triticale
● Triticum
● Wheat (whole wheat, wheat berries, wheat bran, whole wheat bread)
● Wheat (wheat germ, wheat germ oil, wheat protein isolate)
● Flour (wheat starch, wheat sprouts, sprouted wheat)
● Wheatgrass

It is also found in:

● Artificial Flavoring
● Natural Flavoring
● Caramel color
● Dextrin
● Food starch (gelatinized starch, modified food starch, vegetable starch)
● Glucose syrup
● Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP)
● Maltodextrin
● Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
● Oats
● Soy sauce (shoyu (soya), tamari, teriyaki sauce)
● Surimi
● Textured vegetable protein
● Vegetable gum

I came across the term HVP recently on a label. I didn’t know what it was. I had to look it up. The better we understand food labels, the better we can make better decisions as to what foods to buy. Most people assume that the product is safe because it is on the shelf, and all the ingredients are listed on the label. Just because the food product made it to your shelf, and the ingredients are listed, doesn’t make it safe to eat.

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