10 Shocking Ingredients In Your Food

10 Shocking Ingredients In Your Food

Here are 10 dangerous ingredients to look out for :

1.Sodium Nitrate:

Sodium Nitrate is an additive used as a preservative. It is found in deli meats, hot dogs, bacon, and other processed meats. Studies have linked sodium nitrate to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, neurological conditions, and gastrointestinal problems. If you eat meat, stick to lean fresh meats and limit or steer clear of meats containing sodium nitrate.

2. Azodicarbonamide:

Azodicarbonamide is an industrial chemical that is used to make rubber and synthetic leather. It makes things foamy, so somewhere along the way, someone thought it was a good idea to add it to bread to make it spongy! It is also used to whiten cereal flour. While the FDA claims that there is insufficient research to determine harm from exposure to this chemical in food, it has been banned in Europe and Australia. The World Health Organization and the CDC list respiratory issues, and skin and eye irritation warnings, and say not to ingest. Other sources associate ingesting this chemical with damaging hormones and immune function.

3. High fructose corn syrup:

Despite to corn industry’s aggressive campaign to convince us otherwise, high fructose corn syrup is NOT a natural food – it is highly processed. It is also not the same a natural sugar and it is not processed by the body in the same manner. Given that, coupled with the high quantities of high fructose corn syrup hidden in our food, it creates numerous health risks. High fructose corn syrup is linked to obesity, type II diabetes, high blood pressure, liver disease, and heart disease. Food manufacturers know consumers are looking for it on ingredient labels, so many now list it as fructose or fructose syrup. It’s the same dangerous ingredient, same high quantities, just a deceptive new name.

4. BHT (butyl hydroxytoluene)

Butyl hydroxytoluene (BHT) is a synthetic compound used as a preservative in foods and cosmetics. It slows the natural oxidation process, keeping foods and cosmetics from going bad. Interestingly, if you read the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) for this chemical, it clearly identifies it as a toxic substance. But it is in our food! Studies have linked BHT to cancer in animals. “They,” say that low doses are fine, whereas high doses are not, however, BHT is in a ton of food products, so how do you determine high vs. low doses? And is there a cumulative effect?

5. Enriched flour:

Essentially, enriched flour is flour that has been chemically and mechanically stripped of all its fiber and nutrients, and then has a small fraction of those nutrients artificially replaced. This leaves you with a product with virtually no nutritional value whatsoever. Due to the highly processed and depleted state, foods made with enriched flour are not processed in the same manner by your body. They immediately change into sugar and cause blood sugar and insulin spikes. This leads to numerous health risks, including increased risk for type 2 diabetes, damage to blood vessels, high blood pressure, and increased risk for certain cancers. You may be accustomed to the texture and taste of white bread and flour, but do your health a favor and switch it up to true whole grains.

6. Soybean oil:

The soybean has commonly been viewed as healthy food and is a popular replacement for animal protein. Unfortunately, soybean and soybean oil are also linked to many health conditions. One major problem is that the bean is commonly mass-produced with lots of carcinogenic pesticides and genetically modified. Soy and soybean oil are linked to inflammation, digestive issues, allergies, malabsorption of nutrients and protein. The oil is also partially hydrogenated, thus a trans-fat, which you know poses numerous health risks. If you choose soy, be sure to find non-GMO, organic soy.

7. MSG

MSG is a flavor enhancer that is added to many foods in the US. Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few decades, you have heard that MSG is bad for your health. It is linked to obesity, headaches, eye damage, nausea, and other health problems. There are conflicting studies about short and long-term effects of MSG, however, sensitivities are very common. With all the unknowns and the evidence toward health risks, you’re better of eliminating it from your diet.

8. Yellow #5 (tartrazine):

Yellow #5 is a food additive included in many foods to give it a yellow coloring. Studies have linked this additive to a number of health considerations. These include allergic reactions, hyperactivity, low sperm count, and cancer risks. Pay attention to this and other food coloring additives as many of them are linked to health concerns.

9. Propylene glycol alginate:

Propylene glycol is a commonly used additive to foods, also a primary ingredient to antifreeze. Research studies around this food additive have produced inconsistent findings related to health risks. Some studies have shown risks associated with neurological issues, kidney and liver disease, and respiratory and cardiovascular disease. Due to the conflicting studies, there is no conclusive evidence, however, is it really worth taking the risk while the researchers figure it out?

10. Polysorbate 60:

Polysorbate 60 is commonly used as a thickener in foods and cosmetics. While there is not a lot of information available on this chemical compound, its ingredients are linked to carcinogens and fertility issues.

The #1 Easiest Way To Avoid These Scary Ingredients:

The scary thing is that the above list is just a few of the numerous risky chemicals and compounds found in packaged foods.

The only way to get truly healthy is to avoid these harmful additives and know what you are putting into your (and your family’s) bodies.

One of the most effective ways to avoid these foods is to focus on whole foods.

Buy fresh fruits and vegetables, and unprocessed meats and fish if you are an omnivore. Adding green smoothies to your diet is also an amazing way to start eating lots of healthy, whole fruits and vegetables without worrying about the taste. Not only that, but the nutrients in green smoothies can help reverse any damage that has already been caused by these hidden chemicals. Smoothies are quick and easy to make, inexpensive, and portable. They are a great solution for healthy eating overall and on the go.

Watch my FREE presentation and learn how people all over the world are losing weight, dramatically improving their health, and feeling better than they ever thought possible using this simple information.

Smoothie Diet

What makes the Smoothie Diet so different?

The other day, I wrote to you about the Smoothie Diet, Coach Drew Sgoutas’ 21-day smoothie-based diet program.

I know this is all new to you, so I want to help you decide if this is the right program for you.

Here is just a tiny fragment of ways that The Smoothie Diet is different from other weight loss programs.

It’s No Miracle Diet

The Smoothie Diet is a sustainable, healthy eating plan that allows you to lose weight over 21 days, and gives you the option of either continuing on afterward or returning to all solid meals. This diet is not a fad or a trick. It’s easy to follow and anyone can do it.

It was MADE for busy people

If you’re busy, then you’re about to fall in love with a diet (yes, you read that correctly). As long as you can set aside about 20 minutes to make the smoothies in the morning, you’ll have all the time you need to make this diet work for you.

It’s easier than pie (and also kind of tastes like pie?)

All the recipes are super easy to follow and made with ingredients you can find in any grocery store. (And yes, they’re decadent and delicious!)

You don’t have to give up food

This isn’t JUST a smoothie diet. You drink 2 smoothies every day, but you still eat a whole healthy meal and snacks every day (samples are provided in the Smoothie Diet guide). If you need or want a break, you can add in a flex day every week and just eat regular foods (following the included Smoothie Diet guide). This flexibility makes it easy to manage, even if your schedule is unpredictable.

You get WAY MORE than just fat loss

In case losing 10, 20, 45, or 70lbs of stubborn fat isn’t enough for you, you also get all kinds of other incredible benefits from the Smoothie Diet. People who complete this program also experience:

  • Boosted energy (you won’t even need your coffee anymore  – though you can still drink it because coffee is wonderful)
  • No more “brain fog” so you can watch your productivity soar!
  • Healthy, dewy, glowing skin (Hello Instagram-worthy selfies!)
  • A permanent end to annoying belly bloat
  • Cozy, amazing deep sleep so you can launch into each new day, alert and happy

And most importantly, you can lose as much weight as you want!

I can’t tell you exactly how much weight you’ll lose on the Smoothie Diet, because it will depend on a lot of factors, but one of Drew’s clients (Amanda) used the Smoothie Diet after the birth of her second son and lost 70 lbs (she started with the 21-day plan and then kept going for a few months by following Drew’s tips). Another client, Dawn, lost 14 lbs in the 21 days. So, while there is no specific number, you can be sure you’ll lose weight and love the process.

Not bad for a 3-week commitment! Get started here.

To quote one of Coach Drew’s clients, “It’s hard for me to put a price on something that changes your health so much for the better.”

And while it’s true that it’s hard to put a price on something so wonderful, this program does have a price, and right now that price is $10 cheaper than usual!

What are you waiting for?

Smoothie Recipes

1. Meal Replacement Smoothies

The most important thing to remember when blending a meal replacement smoothie is to include proteins and healthy fats. This combination will guarantee satiety and give you enough energy until your next meal.

Yummy Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • 10 oz. skim or soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon honey (topping)

Directions: Mix everything in a blender for at least a minute until smooth. Top with honey for a sweet garnish. Serve immediately!

Afternoon Kale Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups coconut milk, unsweetened
  • 2 cups frozen berries
  • 1 cup fresh kale leaves
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 4 tablespoons chia seeds + 2 tablespoons coconut oil

Directions: First remove kale leaves from their center stalk. Put the leaves and coconut milk into your blender and blend until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend once again until smooth. Serve immediately.

Pear Banana Kale Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 cup chopped kale leaves
  • ½  pear
  • 1 fresh banana
  • 1 ½ cups cold soy milk
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Directions: First remove kale leaves from their center stalk. Put them into your blender with spinach leaves and soy milk. Blend for a few minutes until smooth. Add pear, banana, honey and rolled oats. Blend once again until smooth.

Berry Bomb

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup frozen raspberries
  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoon natural almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 cup natural almond milk

Directions: Put everything into your blender and mix for few minutes until smooth. Sprinkle with some rolled oats and serve.

Healthy Snack Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup Greek yoghurt
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ avocado (pitted)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon hemp protein

Directions: Put everything into your blender and mix for a few minutes until smooth. If it is too thick, add some more water.

2. Protein smoothies

Even if you are not a bodybuilder, your body needs protein and you will benefit from these delicious protein smoothies! Your body requires protein for healthy skin and hair and for muscle growth after an intense training.

Whey Protein Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup cold natural almond milk
  • ½ cup ice
  • 1 whole banana
  • 2 tablespoons protein powder (whey, hemp, peas)

Directions: Mix everything in a blender for at least one minute until smooth. Enjoy immediately.

Morning Protein Bomb Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
  • 1 pear, pitted
  • ½ avocado, pitted
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon rolled oats
  • ½ teaspoon flax seeds
  • 3 ounces Greek yoghurt (nonfat)
  • 2 cups cold water

Directions: Mix everything in a blender for at least one minute until smooth. Enjoy immediately.

Tofu Protein Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup soft tofu
  • ¼ avocado, pitted
  • 1 cup cold soy or almond milk (vanilla)
  • 1 fresh banana
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter

Directions: Mix everything in a blender for at least one minute until smooth. Enjoy immediately.

Banana Apple Protein Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 6 raw almonds, chopped
  • 1 apple, chopped and pitted
  • 1 fresh banana
  • ½ cup Greek yoghurt (nonfat)
  • ¼ cup cold milk (nonfat)
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Directions: If your blender is not powerful enough, make sure to chop almonds and apple into small pieces before you start blending. Then put all the ingredients into the blender and mix everything until smooth. Enjoy immediately.

Protein Fit Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces nonfat Greek yoghurt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup frozen raspberries
  • ¼ cup frozen blackberries
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • ¼ cup frozen pineapple
  • ½ cup fresh kale
  • ½ cup water

Directions: First remove kale leaves from their center stalk. Put them into your blender and add water. Blend for a few minutes until smooth. Add all the other ingredients. Blend once again until smooth.

3. Green Smoothie Recipes

If you are not a fan of vegetables or if you know you do not consume enough veggies during the day, the best way to solve this problem is to get familiar with green smoothies. They are easy to make and will only take a few minutes of your time.

Cherry Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh of frozen cherries (pitted)
  • 1 cup natural almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 tbsp. natural almond butter
  • 1 tsp. flax seeds
  • 1 tbsp. rolled oats
  • 4 fresh kale leaves
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions: First remove kale leaves from their center stalk. Put them into your blender and add almond milk. Blend for a few minutes until smooth. Add all the other ingredients. Blend once again for at least a minute until smooth.

Green Parsley Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 2 fresh or frozen mangos (pitted and sliced)
  • ½ fresh cucumber
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut water
  • 1 tbsp. lime juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 1 tbsp. coconut flakes

Directions: Put all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Sprinkle with some extra coconut flakes.

Green Ginger Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 handful fresh spinach (chopped)
  • 1 inch fresh ginger (chopped)
  • 1 ¼ cup fresh or frozen peaches
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen cherries (pitted)
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 1 cup orange juice (freshly squeezed)

Directions: Put all the ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth.

Basic Blueberry Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup fresh baby spinach
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 5 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 ½ cup natural almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 tbsp. natural almond butter

Directions: Put all the ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth.

Morning Green Breakfast

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • ½ cup chopped kale (stems removed)
  • ½ cup fresh cucumber (diced)
  • fistful fresh parsley (chopped)
  • ½ avocado (pitted)
  • 1 pear (cored)
  • 1 tbsp. fresh orange juice
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Directions: Put all the ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth.

4. Non-dairy Smoothies

Some people do not like milk or other dairy products, and the others simply cannot stand them (the reason being different allergies or lactose intolerance). More and more scientists point out that frequent consumption of milk and dairy products is not very healthy. The following smoothie recipes do not include milk and dairy products, however, they are still very yummy!

Delicious Pear Morning Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • ½ pear (pitted)
  • ½ cup spinach
  • ½ cup cold water
  • ½ cup almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. flaxseed (ground)
  • ½ tbsp. hemp seeds

Directions: Put all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.

Refresh-Me Morning Mango Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ½ tbsp. natural almond butter
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 1 ripe banana
  • ½ cup mango (fresh or frozen, diced)
  • ½ lime, freshly squeezed
  • 1 tbsp. hemp seeds
  • ½ tsp. chilli powder

Directions: First squeeze ½ lime to make fresh lime juice. Put it into the blender and then add all the other ingredients. Blend until smooth.

Antioxidant Blueberry Green Tea Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cup green tea (chilled)
  • 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tbsp. hemp protein powder
  • ½ tbsp. hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds

Directions: Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

Energizing Coffee Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup coffee (cooled)
  • ¼ cup ice cubes or cold water
  • 1 cup natural coconut or almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • ¼ cup cashews (soaked for at least six hours)
  • 1 tbsp. cacao nibs
  • 1 tsp. cacao powder (as a topping)

Directions: Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Top with cacao powder and enjoy.

Best Berry Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup natural fresh cranberry juice
  • ½ cup coconut or rice milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • ¼ cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • ¼ cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • ¼ cup cranberries (fresh, dried or frozen)
  • ¼ cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 tbsp. natural almond butter
  • ½ tbsp. honey (as a sweetener, if needed)

Directions: Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Add some honey if the smoothie is not sweet enough.

5. Detox Smoothies

Our body suffers from stressful situations and toxins from the environment on a daily basis, which is why regular detoxification of the body is the best way to get rid of excess toxins and restore our energy, radiance and well-being.

Avocado Antioxidant Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 avocado (pitted)
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen raspberries
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice

Directions: Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

Berry Mix Antioxidant Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • ½ cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • ½ cup Greek yoghurt
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • 1 tbsp. natural almond butter

Directions: Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

Orange Sun Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • ½ inch fresh ginger
  • ½ cup mango (fresh or frozen, sliced)
  • ½ cup orange juice (freshly squeezed)
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ tsp. chilli powder
  • few ice cubes (optional)

Directions: First peel and mince ginger. Put it into the blender and then add all the other ingredients. Blend until smooth.

Kale Detox Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • ½ avocado (pitted)
  • ¼ fresh cucumber (sliced)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen kale
  • 1 ripe banana
  • ½ cup cold water
  • ½ lemon
  • ½ inch fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp. hemp protein powder
  • 1 tsp. cacao powder (as a topping)

Directions: First remove kale leaves from their center stalk. Squeeze lemon to make fresh lemon juice. Peel and mince ginger and put it into the blender. Add all the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Top with cacao powder.

Amazing Mango Mint Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup almond milk (unsweetened)
  • ¼ cup coconut milk (unsweetened)
  • ½ cup non-fat Greek yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp. natural almond butter
  • 2 mangoes (fresh or frozen, pitted)
  • ½ cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 tbsp. fresh mint leaves

Directions: Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

What are Alkaline Smoothies

What is an Alkaline Smoothie?

Alkaline smoothies are a kind of smoothie with a high pH level. Well-prepared alkaline smoothies should not cause acid reflux symptoms if consumed.

To make a good smoothie, an alkaline is added to fruits to reduce the acidity in them and help in neutralizing acid in the stomach.

For example, juices containing berries, bananas, and orange juice are not healthy since they have many acids.

An alkaline base is added to reduce the concentration of acid in fruit juices, which counteract the acid. They are suitable for a person diagnosed with acid reflux.

Advantages of Alkaline Smoothies

Alkaline smoothies are imperative because they keep the body alkalized, they are delicious and easy to prepare, and can be taken for weight loss.

They also act as strong oxidants: hydrogen, which has an antiaging impact, and they are known to prevent and treat dangerous diseases such as gout, stomach pain, acid reflux, and diabetes.

In addition, they are rich in natural minerals such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium

which are essential to the old aged, children, and pregnant women since they contain stable content of ingredients suitable for their bodies.

Further, alkaline smoothies are rich in natural neutralizer that helps balance the acid alkalinity condition in the body.

In general, alkaline smoothies are consumed to better the body’s function and are recommended to be taken in the morning instead of having coffee.

Are smoothies alkaline or acidic?


Smoothies made with bananas, berries, and an orange juice base are acidic and dangerous for acid reflux sufferers. In this case, it’s the orange juice basis that makes the drink unsuitable for people who suffer from acid reflux.

Examples of Smoothie

Some of these smoothies that are alkaline are blueberry banana smoothies, dreamy orange smoothies, classic green smoothies, pineapple coconut smoothies, chocolate peanut butter smoothies, and strawberry banana smoothies.

The main difference between this kind of smoothie is the ingredients used. For example, ingredients for making a classic green smoothie include spinach, creamy ingredients, fruits, and optional enhancers.

Ingredients for pineapple coconut smoothie comprise chopped fresh pineapple, coconut milk, tablespoon coconut, cup ice, and toasted coconut.

alkaline Smoothie

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