Rarely is there any attention paid to the condiments we put on our food
or put into our food. They seem to slide underneath the radar.
Americans don’t think about what they are eating every day, one little
dollop after another. Condiments are usually given a free ride because
after all it’s such a small spoonful etc. They are overlooked, brushed
off as “harmless” or thought that the amount eaten is negligible.
Let’s face it. Condiments make bland foods taste better and good foods
taste great. But they can turn a nutritious meal into a metabolic
nightmare, one tablespoon at a time.
Small, frequent doses of potentially harmful ingredients can be far
from benign, having a cumulative biological effect. Scientific evidence
according to Dr. Mercola indicates that more significant health effects
occur at low doses than high doses, especially for hormone-disrupting
chemicals. “He feels it’s time to stop giving condiments a free pass.”
On the website “OneResult” the following condiments made their worst
2. Sour cream
3. Ranch and blue cheese dressing
5. Steak sauce and barbeque sauce.
#1. Mayonnaise is loaded with fats that are unhealthy. GMO soybean
oil, one of the most harmful oils you can eat is found extensively in
processed foods and in mayonnaise.
Trans fats are created from hydrogenation. The majority of soybeans
grown in the US are genetically engineered and are saturated with
dangerous levels of the herbicide glyphosate, which is linked with
serious health problems.
Mayonnaise contains high fructose corn syrup or other forms of fructose
which adds toxic loads on your liver. Consider making your own
mayonnaise using olive oil, egg yolks, vinegar or lemon juice, mustard,
and a little sea salt.
#2. Sour Cream from grocery stores usually contains “cultured
Pasteurized Cream and Milk, Whey, Modified Corn Starch, Sodium
Phosphate, Guar Gum, Carrageenan, Calcium Sulfate. Cultured Dextrose,
Locust Bean Gum, Potassium Sorbate (as a preservative)”. There are lost
of fillers, and preservative, and very little real food. rBGH
genetically engineered bovine growth hormone is banned in Canada, Japan,
Australia, New Zealand, and in 27 countries of the European Union
because of its risks to human health and for breast cancer, but the
United States seems to think it is okay to allow it in Sour Cream and
ignores scientific evidence to the contrary.
#3. Ranch and Blue Cheese Dressing may be viewed by your digestive
system as a foreign invade to be attacked like any other bodily threat.
The ingredients in these dressings have very little resemblance to
food. Soybeans are the major ingredient and monosodium glutamate is
listed twice on the label. MSG is a flavor enhancer and is one of the
worst food additives ever created. MSG is an excitotoxin which damages
cells to the point of death, potentially causing brain damage and
triggering learning disabilities. Obesity, eye damage, headaches,
fatigue, disorientation, depression, rapid heartbeat, tingling and
numbness have all been linked to MSG. MSG hides under other names such
as flavoring, seasonings, soy protein, stocks, and broths, malt extract,
Carrageenan, and corn starch, to name a few.
Food Dyes are another type of additive to avoid. Food manufacturers
pour 15 million pounds of artificial food dyes into US foods. Some of
the most commonly used food dyes may be linked to multiple forms of
cancer, along with hyperactivity and behavioral problems in children,
according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest report.
#4. Ketchup: Using prepared Ketchup on your food is like having an IV
of High fructose corn syrup. That is the main ingredient of Ketchup.
Some brands add “natural flavorings” which are used as flavor boosting
chemicals, one being MSG. The base of ketchup is tomato concentrate, a
large bolus of sugar primarily from
high fructose corn syrup, distilled vinegar, corn syrup, salt, onion
powder, garlic powder, natural flavors.
One tablespoon of commercially prepared ketchup contains four grams of
sugar. It doesn’t take long to exceed a maximum daily fructose limit of
25 grams or less. Don’t assume that purchasing organic brands of
ketchup is better. Meijer Organics Ketchup has four grams of sugar per
tablespoon just like other brands of ketchup.
#5. Barbeque Sauce and Steak Sauce: Like the above condiments, there
just isn’t anything healthy about these products. Open Pit Original BBQ
Sauce has nothing in it that should be eaten or put in your body. High
fructose corn syrup, MSG, soybean oil, hydrolyzed corn and soy protein,
artificial tomato flavor, natural and artificial flavor, Yellow no. 6
dye, Red No. 40, Blue No 1. titanium dioxide, caramel color are a few of
its ingredients. The most popular Steak Sauce A 1 Steak sauce
contains unsavory ingredients also.
The best solution again is to make your own condiments from real food
and avoid the dangerous ingredients used by commercial brands.
As a final note, you might want to support the fight for “The People’s
Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act” which is asking that all
food sold in retail stores be labeled if it contains genetically
engineered ingredients. This is major protection for health that we
should all have. After all, if President Obama has banned all GMO food
from being served or eaten in the White House or on AirForce One, could
he possibly know something we don’t know? After all, he assigned the
major lobbyist blocking GMO food labeling to head up the FDA.