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🧠 Avoid These 5 Brain Damaging Neurotoxins Found In Popular Foods
As a reminder,neurotoxins are substances that can harm your central nervous system (CNS). And your Central Nervous System (CNS) controls most functions of your body and mind. It’s basically your brain and spinal cord.
Simply stated, when these neurotoxins get into your body and “attack” your CNS, they negatively affect how you feel and function.
All of your senses (sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, etc.).
Your organs and stomach.
Muscle movements and strength.
Your emotions, mood, memory, cognition, sleep, etc., etc.
Obviously, this is a really big deal.
More so, it’s a massive problem because the FDA allows over allows 3,000 food additives to be used in our food supply and relatively few of them have been tested for safety. (1)
Unfortunately, a handful of food additives are well-documented neurotoxins, but are still found in popular foods most people eat daily, even in relatively healthy diets.
Neurotoxin #1: Aspartame Artificial Sweetener
Aspartame is a very popular artificial sweetener, especially about a decade ago. It’s found in most things labeled “sugar-free” or “diet”. Its typically found in diet sodas, candies, chewing gum and so forth.
You know, a lot of the stuff the kids eat, unfortunately.
The brand name is Equal or NutraSweet and sadly, I used to have a lot of this junk over 20 years ago.
There are over 100+ reported side effects of aspartame including migraines, dizziness, anxiety, memory loss, insomnia, and the worsening of many disorders ranging from fibromyalgia to Alzheimer’s disease. (2)
In fact, there were over 7,000 aspartame side effects reported to the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) between 1982 and 1995. (3)
You can also find lists of reported side effects on various reputable websites including Cancer.org and CDC.gov.
So, make sure you read the label and avoid this artificial sweetener. In fact, avoid them all except one of my favorites being, Stevia -- which is a natural, herbal extract.
Neurotoxin #2: Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
This basically acts like salt and it’s found in many packaged foods you eat, also when eating out. The saltier the food, the higher the MSG. They used to be heavily used in Chinese Foods.
MSG is very addictive and causes you to gain weight, but I’ll get to that in a minute.
Many times MSG is found in foods like canned soups, salty snacks, ramen noodles, processed meats and refined soy products. Also in many “spices”, broths and “flavorings”.
Unfortunately, the labels do NOT have to even say “Contains MSG”. Many times, using the word “natural flavoring” allows the use of MSG, without stating it on the label (thank you FDA!).
Here are some label-listed ingredients that always contain MSG: (25)
• hydrolyzed vegetable protein
• hydrolyzed plant protein
• hydrolyzed protein
• plant protein extract
• calcium caseinate
• sodium caseinate
• yeast extract
• textured protein
MSG has many negative mental and physical side-effects -- however, one that most people don’t know about is that it has a “negative nutrient partitioning” effect. This means that when you eat foods with MSG, the food converts much faster to BODY FAT, than to be used as energy and muscle building.
So you can basically eat the same amount of calories, but get fatter because of this artificial salt.
Neurotoxin #3: Diacetyl (In Popcorn)
Home-popped, microwave popcorn contains butter “flavoring”, with an additive called, diacetyl.
You won’t see the word diacetyl on the label, but if you see “artificial butter flavor” or “natural flavors,” assume the product contains this neurotoxin.
Neurotoxin #4: Mercury
In recent years, I’ve been much more concerned about mercury poisoning because I’ve been eating more fish. I go out and eat sushi. Unfortunately, many fish have high levels of mercury, due to environmental pollutants in the air and water.
This includes one of my favorite fish, TUNA - which I now avoid. You also want to avoid swordfish and orange roughy.
Neurotoxin #5: Aluminum
The last neurotoxin you want to avoid is Aluminium, because there’s 50 years of proof that it can lead to Alzheimer’s.
Unfortunately, aluminum is very common...
It’s used as an additive in baking powder and anti-caking agents.
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