In the century of mass production, our food supply and consumption has evolved faster than our bodies can adapt. Even the foods we believe to be natural and healthy, (produce section vs. prepackaged foods section) all of these foods are products engineered for mass consumption and no doubt cause our bodies to react. With all of the media buzz about the topic, we wanted to give our patients a little more information about the terms being tossed around in the news, and what it all means to your health.
Many experience some kind of reactions to food at one point or another in their lives, some more severe than others. While some culprits can be easily detected, such as a peanut allergy, others can remain aloof and be silent killers. Some food allergies are not necessarily food allergies at all, but rather, what is presenting as allergies are the side effects to a slow but systematic shut down of your body. Did you know, hydrogenated oils are one molecule away from being plastic and metal is used for its production? The plastic like substance and metal remnants course through the veins causing not only myriad terrorist attacks on your body, but also attacks the way your body processes future food intake.
Hydrogenated oil is only one of many harmful products that serve as a base additive in our regular food supply. Paying attention to ones consumption of these engineered food stuffs can drastically reduce our bodies’ reactions and justice can be served by identifying the real allergy as the culprit.
Chemically Engineered foods to avoid:
|Hydrogenated oil||In most packaged foods and fast food: preservative; trans fat||Diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol; linked to obesity and migraines|
|Sodium Nitrate||Cured/ sandwich meats||cardiovascular, hives, fatigue, gastrointestinal, anxiety, headache, dizziness|
|MSG (Monosodium Glutimate||Flavor enhancer used by restaurants, in salads, frozen foods, chips||May stimulate appetite, headaches, nausea, edema, heartburn|
|High Fructose Corn Syrup||Cheap alternative to cane and beet sugar; preservative||Turns fructose to fat, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer|
|Artificial sweeteners||Found in diet food||Lowers metabolism, headaches, cancer, dizziness|
|Artificial flavors||In most foods to mimic natural flavors||Allergic reactions: dermatitis, eczema, ADHD, and asthma; effects thyroid|
|GMO ( Genetically Modified Organisms)||all non-organic foods||GMOs cause immune reactions to non-GM foods, general allergies, cancer, etc.|
If you have food allergies, or suspect food allergies, the first step is to schedule a consultation with Atlanta ENT. Together, we can help you pinpoint your allergies and find the best treatment plan to meet your needs.
Ramie A. Tritt, MD, President of Atlanta ENT