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Here are 4 toxins that may be present in your diet:
1. Bisphenol A
Do you use packaged foods a lot? If yes, then there is a need to be careful about this. This chemical is found on the inside walls of containers of canned foods and beverages.
According to a 2017 study published in the US National Library of Medicine PubMed Central, bisphenol A present in canned containers was also found in the placenta and fetus of women. Its accumulation in the body can affect DNA and the liver.
Through food or beverages, it can mimic estrogen by binding to the hormone’s receptor site. This can affect the functioning of hormones. Some studies suggest that it may affect the developing fetus and increase the risk of prostate cancer. In some cases, it contributes to type 2 diabetes and obesity by increasing insulin resistance.
To avoid this, plastic and aluminum utensils, bottles should be avoided as much as possible. Instead, eat foods or beverages packaged in glass and stainless steel.
2. Artificial trans fat
Here again we are talking about processed and packaged food. In fact, artificial trans fat is used in the preparation of many types of snacks such as donuts, baked food-cakes, biscuits, pizza, cookies, crackers, margarines.
Hydrogen pumps are used to convert liquid vegetable oils such as soybean or groundnut oil into a solid and that is artificial trans fat.
According to the American Heart Association, it increases bad cholesterol and reduces good cholesterol. This increases the chances of heart disease and stroke. It also causes inflammation. For this reason the use of artificial trans fats has been completely banned in the United States from January 2020.
3. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
Do you grill meat at high temperature and feed your family? If so, know that you are also serving toxins such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons to the plate of food. However, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are considered environmental pollutants. It is produced by burning organic material. That explains its presence in our food also.
When meat is grilled or smoked at high temperatures, the fat begins to drip onto the hot cooking space, producing volatile polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which can also seep into the meat.
It is also found in processed food. The World Health Organization’s guideline states that due to this pollutant, there is a possibility of breast, kidney, colon, prostate and lung cancer. If you cook on a low flame, you can lower the pH by up to 89 percent.
4. Coumarin in cinnamon
Coumarin is a toxic compound found in cinnamon. Consuming it in high amounts increases the chances of cancer and liver damage. It’s impossible to know how much coumarin is in cinnamon until you’ve tested it.