How Chemicals In Food Make Us Fat (Plus 10 Banned Chemicals Still in the U.S. Food Supply)
Did you know that you and I are genetically within 0.1% of each other?
That, the other 99.9% of our DNA is identical?
I had no idea about this, until of course I started to learn about nutrition, weight loss and
And when I started to really learn about it, I realized that:
If millions of people (myself included) can lose tons of weight and get the body they've always wanted...you can too.
You see, the formula that worked for me and millions of others centers around the "foundation" of most successful long-term programs: healthy nutrition, proper movement, and inflammation-reducing herbs/techniques.
And something that fits very well in this "foundation" is the presence of very few, if any
processed, factory-made, chemically-laden foods.
Because the truth is: one of the best ways to reduce (and keep off) weight for the long-term is keeping "industrial"/modern-era foods OUT of our diet (not including the "10% junk rule").
Essentially, this means cutting out foods that were for the most part invented in the last 50-100 years.
Before these foods became a part of our everyday diets, people lived (and thrived) on whole, natural, chemical-free foods. For hundreds upon thousands of years.
The simple truth is: Natural foods are significantly better for your body and health than are processed foods.
But sometimes that truth is too simple.
It's easy to say "eat natural", but what does that really mean? And why are processed foods so bad for you?
Well, we're going to dig deep here, so you understand the "background" stuff that no one is telling you (and likely, that few people except the real "go-getters" and non-conformists know).
If you eat a typical western diet...
Chances are you're taking in pesticides, insecticides, artificial colors, artificial flavors,
emulsifiers, preservatives, and numerous other chemicals on a daily basis.
What few of us realize is that these chemicals are in just about EVERYTHING (that's not organic) and can cause serious health problems like diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer's, cancer, and many more.
On the other hand, some of us do understand that these chemicals can lead to various diseases, yet we don't realize the drastic effect that these chemicals are having on our waistlines.
The negative effects on our weight are supported by the discovery of certain compounds known as "obesogens".
In 2002, researchers at the University of Stirling made a controversial claim: overeating and inactivity are not completely to blame for obesity.
So weight loss isn't just about eating less and exercising more? Mostly it is...but not entirely.
Read on, young Jedi.
Their research, which was published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, found that the rise in obesity correlated with the rise of chemical usage in food production.
They theorized that chemicals in our food, as well as chemicals in the environment, damage the body's natural weight-control mechanisms, thereby contributing to an inevitable obesity epidemic.
Now, evidence has mounted to prove their theory correct.
In addition to other known factors such as rampant Omega-6 intake, scientists have identified numerous chemicals commonly found in food which can cause obesity. One of the ways that these chemicals make us fat is by disrupting our endocrine systems.
These "endocrine disruptors" can cause weight gain by:
- Triggering the body to make more fat cells
- Slowing metabolism
- Decreasing the hunger-regulating hormone leptin, thus increasing appetite and turning off the fat-burning signal.
Biologist Bruce Bloomberg dubbed these chemicals "obesogens."
In one of his studies, he found that rats exposed to obesogens produced more fat cells than rats which weren't exposed to obesogens - even though the rats ate the same diet.
Other studies have found that pregnant women exposed to obesogens passed the chemicals onto their developing children, thus "programming" the children for obesity.
Numerous other studies have also found direct links between obesogen chemicals and weight gain.
But what are these "obesogens" exactly, and where are they found?
Well, obesogens are found in nearly all processed foods.
And considering the fact that 90% of the American diet consists of processed foods, this should be of great concern to us.
Some of the most common obesogens found in food include:
- Pesticides and insecticides
- BPA (used to harden plastics and often found in food packaging)
- PVC (commonly used in food packaging)
- Genistein (found in many soy products)
- Butylparaben (a preservative found in many foods and personal-care products)
- MSG (an artificial flavor enhancer)
- High fructose corn syrup
Let's delve a bit further into the last one on that list -- High Fructose Corn Syrup.
Of all the known obesogens, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) may be the most concerning, simply because it is found in so many foods and beverages. Contrary to what many think, the fructose found in manufactured foods is not the same as the fructose in fruits. (And, also contrary to what many think, high fructose corn syrup is actually not that high in fructose.)
The real issue is that HFCS is made as the result of a chemical process, and our body reacts to it much very differently than it does to the natural sugars in fruits.
Like other obesogens, high fructose corn syrup causes the body to make more fat cells.
In one study by researchers at Princeton University, rats drinking HFCS gained more weight than rats drinking sugar water - despite the fact that they consumed the same number of calories.
And there is growing evidence of an even more "sinister" side of HFCS.
You see, research shows that high fructose corn syrup also makes appetite spiral out of control.
Normally, hunger is controlled by the hormones ghrelin and leptin. Ghrelin sends hunger signals to the brain whereas leptin tells the brain that we are full.
It seems that HFCS unfortunately triggers ghrelin production while blocking leptin production. A proverbial "double whammy".
The result? A chemically-induced craving for food which is very difficult, if not nearly
impossible, to resist.
And as for other chemicals? Well, the bad news is they're "hidden" in hundreds of modern day foods...
Interested in losing weight? Then click below to see the exact steps I took to lose weight and keep it off for good...
Moving forward, there are several other articles/topics I'll share so you can lose weight even faster, and feel great doing it.
Below is a list of these topics and you can use this Table of Contents to jump to the part that interests you the most.