Disturbing ingredients in Ketchup
Ketchup is an innocent childhood foods that conjures comforting memories. While it’s made mostly from tomatoes, popular ketchup brands like Heinz have strayed a long way from their whole food roots. Despite being one of America’s favorite condiments, ketchup is a highly processed food with little nutritional value.
While no one thinks of ketchup as a health food, few people are aware that it can be downright harmful to health. Below are a few reasons to avoid commercial ketchup brands.
Conventional tomatoes are heavily laced with pesticide residue. It’s very important to choose organic ketchup if you want to avoid these hormone-disrupting chemicals.
High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
High fructose corn syrup is one of the most common yet dangerous ingredients found in processed foods and the standard American diet.
Doctors like Mark Hyman and Peter Lustig say that consuming too much high fructose corn syrup could either kill you or make you sick. Dr. Lustig believes HFCS is a driving force behind the staggering rise of type two diabetes among children.
High fructose corn syrup has been linked to heart disease, obesity, cancer, dementia, liver failure and tooth decay. And that’s in people who use it moderately. Not only does it spike insulin, but high fructose corn syrup is typically made from genetically modified corn.
High fructose corn syrup and regular corn syrup are the third and fourth ingredients in Heinz ketchup. While Heinz is the most popular ketchup brand in America, with 50 percent market share and an international presence in 140 countries, it’s clearly not the best choice for people who want to eat healthier.
Another troubling ingredient ranks number two on the Heinz ketchup ingredient list: distilled vinegar.
Distilled vinegar is great to use as a cleaning product for your bathroom or kitchen, but when consumed, it makes the body acidic. It can also cause hardening of the joints.
In an effort to compete in today’s health conscious food market, Heinz advertises its ketchup as “all natural”. For this, Heinz was sued in a class action suit for false advertising.
There’s little that’s natural about Heinz ketchup. The corn syrup is GMO, the tomatoes are dripping with pesticides and there’s nothing natural about the last item on the ingredient list: “natural flavors”.
Healthier ketchup alternatives
If you can’t live without ketchup, find a high-quality organic brand that uses a higher quality vinegar and no high fructose corn syrup. Or you can always make your own ketchup and control the amount of sweetener that goes in.
And don’t worry about becoming a high fructose corn syrup medical statistic because you’ve been eating Heinz ketchup since childhood. Your body is designed to clean itself out with a little support. That’s why cleansing is so important, it’s the support we all need to clean the toxic ingredients from processed food out of our system.
Doing a comprehensive cleanse, like the 21-Day Body Makeover, helps reset the body and reverse past damage. The 21-Day Body Makeover is not a punishing cleanse based on deprivation, it’s full of whole food nutrients to nourish your body and lighten your load.
If you struggle with the inability to lose weight, dry skin, fatigue, cold hand and feet, high cholesterol or constipation you may be experiencing the symptoms of low thyroid function.
The thyroid is the gland that controls metabolism, determining the speed at which the body uses food as fuel. If you suffer from a slow metabolism or weight loss resistance, balancing your thyroid hormones may fix the problem, making weight loss possible again. There’s also the added bonus of alleviating the symptoms mentioned above, as well as additional symptoms.
Food matters. A high sugar, low fat, calorie restricted diet can throw off thyroid function. This happens when you rob the body of the calories it needs on a regular basis and disrupt blood sugar balance.
To heal from this, the thyroid needs a diet high in nutrients with enough calories to stoke the metabolic fire.
These are the principles that will rebuild your metabolism and increase your energy. Healthy weight loss is not about deprivation and starvation. It’s about giving your body what it needs to thrive.
Misconceptions of Dietary Fat
There are a lot of misconceptions about dietary fat. Let’s dispel the biggest one. Fat doesn’t make you fat! Essential fat-based nutrients and fatty acids like Omega-3 are essential to the health of our brain, liver, heart and kidneys.
What’s most important is to choose oils that are stable, meaning that they don’t oxidize or burn easily. When oils oxidize, they form free radicals, which are harmful to your cells and can damage your DNA.
What are examples of healthy fats versus unhealthy fats? Canola oil is an example of an unhealthy fat. And a very healthy, versatile and stable cooking fat is coconut oil.
Unfortunately people are more familiar with using canola oil in cooking than coconut oil. But the following tips about how to use coconut oil will change that. The results of switching oils will be a reduction in inflammation as well as other health benefits.
Coconut oil is high in lauric acid, which can help balance cholesterol and has anti bacterial, anti fungal and antiviral properties to help get rid of unwanted bacteria and pathogens. Lastly, the healthy fat in coconut oil can help slightly boost metabolism and is better than other fats at increasing the feeling of fullness. Some studies have shown that coconut oil can even help the body burn more fat.
Coconut oil is also comprised of 90 percent saturated fat, which makes it the best choice for high heat cooking. It has a smoke point of 350 degrees Fahrenheit, which is much higher than most oils.
It can be stored on your kitchen counter without spoiling because the highly saturated fat content is not prone to oxidation. Coconut oil can also keep for a very long time without spoiling or going rancid.
Below are a few cooking tips that will help you overcome the quirks of cooking with coconut oil. Once you’re comfortable with using coconut oil you can replace other oils, butter and shortening with this miracle oil.
- Coconut oil solidifies at room temperature or colder. It will begin to liquefy at 76 degrees. Coconut oil will solidify if added to cold ingredients like eggs or milk. Bring the ingredient you want to mix with coconut oil to room temperature before you combine.
- To save money you can buy coconut oil in bulk and transfer a portion to a glass container to keep on the counter.
- One of the pitfalls of using coconut oil is that it tends to solidify. Instead of hacking at the solid oil to get a little bit out you can melt the oil and pour into a small ice cube tray and cool in the fridge. This way you can have small, 2-teaspoon portions of coconut oil pre-divided to easily throw in a pan for your cooking needs.
- You have the best chance of keeping coconut oil in easy to use liquid or soft form by storing it next to the stovetop. The heat from the stove will gently heat the oil and keep it soft.
- You can also whip coconut oil to soften it and make it easier to use.
- You can use coconut oil for things other than cooking. For example, you can keep a jar in the bathroom as a moisturizer or cleanser.
- You can even use coconut oil to clean your mouth. The ancient practice of oil pulling requires melting a tablespoon of coconut oil and swishing it in your mouth for 20 minutes to kill bacteria in you mouth.
- Not all coconut oil is the same. Virgin coconut oil is the best kind to use because it is the cleanest, least refined and has less of a coconut taste. You may see the label “extra virgin” coconut oil on your bottle. Don’t worry, that’s the same thing as virgin oil. The addition of the word “extra” is just a marketing term.
Coconut oil is the healthy fat recommended by the 21-Day Body Makeover program.