I recently read a blog post from Food Babe about her campaign to expose the ingredients in a popular Autumn/Fall beverage. Her contention was that the drink in question, A Spiced Pumpkin Latte was full of everything but surprise ... pumpkin! Furthermore, it contained cancer causing chemicals in it's flavorings.
This got me thinking about what us adults consume on a daily basis. Starbucks and their lattes are clearly marketed towards adults and although we all don't go around drinking Starbucks everyday we do consume an alarmingly high percentage of our foods from fast food convenient outlets or from pre-packaged goods.
So, have you ever thought what this could be doing to you? For instance, have you ever woke up one morning after a very sound sleep but felt like you had the hangover headache from hell? Feeling a little nauseous as well? Think back to the night before, you didn't consume one drop of alcohol, but you did get stuck into the lollies and chocolate in front of the tv after the kids were finally put to bed. All those chemically laden, colored goodies, swimming around in the blood stream aren't going to be consumed quietly.
This happens to children too when they consume too many sweets, but it accumulates more in their little bodies, so you can imagine why it is they are so grumpy and sick feeling.
What about when you grab that sneaky burger in the drive-thru on the way home from work?
Well according to this blog post 9 Scary-Sounding Chemicals Lurking in Your Fast Food there are many chemicals in your favorite fast foods that can cause reactions in adults that include (but not limited to) asthma, vomiting and diarrhea ... delicious!
Many foods that have a lot of additives and preservatives are often accompanied by high levels of sugar and salt as well. For example a jar of pre-made pasta sauce can easily have 1/2 a cup of salt. Furthermore it's often just a tomato paste (prepared and imported from an obscure overseas factory) mixed with water, a little dried herbs and dried garlic powder. No fresh herbs or whole tomatoes here and certainly not the best for your heart health.
As an alternative make you own from a jar of Passata mixed with your own fresh herbs and garlic, quick, convenient and most importantly ...yum!