Are the Ingredients in Your Food Stealing from Your Body?

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3.  Disodium EDTA

Sometimes listed as ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, this preservative steals numerous nutrients from your body including magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc, calcium, and vitamin C. This chemical is used to preserve the flavor and coloring of foods. Your doctor will also prescribe this for those who have been poisoned by heavy metals. Although this might sound like a good thing, getting heavy metals out of your body, unfortunately, it also clings to minerals that your body needs. It binds to minerals in your intestine, then disposes of them through your stools.

Chemical preservatives such as disodium EDTA don’t know the difference between good minerals and bad minerals; it simply removes all of them. Mineral depletion in the body can lead to a weaker immune system, kidney damage, anemia, digestive problems, and compromised nerve function.

 

4. Guar Gum

Don’t confuse this with chewing gum; guar gum is actually fiber from guar beans, which thicken foods such as cottage cheese, soups, some beverages, and frozen desserts. This fiber feeds your gut bacteria, causing an overproduction, which makes your body and these bacteria compete for nutrients.

The Technical University of Munich states that consuming guar gum can reduce the absorption of carotenoids by as much as 22 percent. Carotenoids are vital to many organs, especially to the eyes and a lack of this nutrient can lead to serious eye diseases, including macular degeneration.

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