Artificial colorings, flavorings and preservatives
Artificial colorings, flavorings and preservatives used in processed foods cause irritation of the intestines, and can cause obesity, cancer of the liver, stomach, lymphatic system and intestines. Preservatives are poisons which are added to food to stop bacteria from growing on the food. Research shows that most preservatives used in foods are dangerous and suppress the bodies immunity and predispose to the development of cancer. They also poison the mitochondria and enzymes in the body leading to fatigue and loss of energy. People who eat a lot of food with preservatives are prone to chronic fatigue syndrome, candidiasis and cancer. Eating food made from fresh ingredients will help you live a long and healthy life.
If you are going to eat canned food ensure that the can is a steel can (commonly coated with tin and called a tin can and has a golden finish) which should be free of dents, cracks and bulges. Once a can of food is opened it should be eaten immediately. If it has to be stored, transfer it to a sterile container and refrigerate. Canned foods are usually acidic in nature. Preserved food should always be consumed before the expiry date. If food sprays out of a can on opening it, do not eat it, as it is probably decayed and poisonous. Throw it away! Many canned foods contain MSG. Cheaper cans of tinned food are usually packaged in aluminium cans which can be toxic.
Preserved and packaged meats
Foods like sausages, hams, bacon etc. usually contain Sodium nitrite, to preserve the color of the meat & stop it from putrefying and turning gray. This is usually mentioned on the label and in the body is converted into substances called nitrosamines which are highly carcinogenic and lead to leukemia in children, colon and pancreatic cancer. When you take sodium nitrite in the food you get a characteristic smell in the urine of the nitrosamines.
Saccharine, aspartame (brand names are Sweet & low, Nutrasweet, equal etc.), Sucralose, (splenda) are all substitutes for sugar with more side effects on health than natural sugars. Saccharine is associated with a significantly greater risk of liver and bladder cancer. Aspartame use can cause neurological ailments, multiple sclerosis, muscle spasms, insomnia etc. Aspartame is the sweetener commonly used in diet cokes and other diet drinks.
You are wise to avoid them and stick to natural sugars in small to moderate quantities (less than 30 grams (2 tablespoons full) per day in divided quantities) except if you have diabetes when you should avoid them totally. Stevia is a natural sugar substitute with greater safety than the artificial sweeteners.
Soft drinks contain many harmful substances, which when taken in excess, cause health problems. These substances include phosphoric & citric acids which attack your teeth and bones removing the calcium and causing osteoporosis. They also contain Caffeine which makes children and adults more excitable and hyperactive and make it harder to sleep leading to insomnia. The sugar content is soft drinks is also high around 10 grams per 100 ml so having half a litre of a soft drink gives you 50-60 grams of sugar! This can predispose to Diabetes! Diet soft drinks, use aspartame as a sweetener, with all the side effects described above. In fact a BBC article recently described the use of Colas as pesticides. If it can kill pests surely it can kill you too.
MSG, also called autolysed yeast extract, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, Ajinomoto, flavoring, natural meat tenderizer etc.
MSG is a common ingredient in fast foods, Chinese foods, canned food, frozen food, prepared meals, sauces, salad dressing, cheeses chips and a multitude of other foods. It is an addictive substance associated with increasing appetite by stimulating insulin production, thus causing obesity and diabetes mellitus. It is also a common trigger for headaches, migraine and elevated blood pressure. Consumption of MSG has a strong link with stomach and colon cancer.
Food is often treated with radiation to reduce the number of bacteria, and to kill the growing part of the food so it does not germinate or sprout. This helps to prolong its shelf life. However irradiation (treating with radiation) also destroys vitamins and other nutrients in the food and creates URP's (unique radiolytic products) some of which are carcinogenic (cause cancer). Foods which are commonly irradiated are wheat, flour, potatoes, red meats, poultry, pork, apples, eggs, spices and vegetables. In some countries irradiated food is labeled but in many countries, such labeling is not mandatory.