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Four Foods That Steal Your Body’s Nutrients

By Ellis Moore

Even if you’re eating a well-balanced diet, you’re likely consuming some packaged foods…and some of those food ingredients are bad for you. This actually can include healthier options, such as cereal, yogurt, and frozen vegetables.

What’s the potential damage? Eating them can make you deficient in key micronutrients. Luckily, it’s not hard to rebalance your body’s nutrients.

Just read the ingredients lists of any foods before you buy them and watch out for the following seven deal-breaker items:
1. Sugar
AKA: Agave nectar, brown sugar, cane crystals, cane sugar, caramel, crystalline fructose, dextrose, evaporated cane juice, fructose, fruit juice concentrate, glucose, honey, invert sugar, lactose, maltose, malt syrup, molasses, raw sugar, sucrose, syrup
Found in: Sodas, dessert items, candies, frozen fruits and vegetables with sauces or marinades, sauces, soups
Robs Your Body of: Vitamin C, calcium, magnesium
Increased Health Risks Due to Nutrient Depletion: Weaker immune system and bones, poorer night’s sleep, compromised cellular and nerve function, chronic inflammation
2. High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
AKA: Corn sweetener, corn syrup, corn sugar
Found in: Packaged foods, cookies, cakes, breakfast cereals, soda, frozen veggies, yogurt, juices, condiments
Robs Your Body of: Chromium, magnesium, zinc
Increased Health Risks Due to Nutrient Depletion: Impaired immune function, hair loss, lowered blood sugar regulation, elevated triglycerides, discomfort, bloating, diarrhea, obesity
3. Pectin
Found in: Jams, jellies, fruit juices, milk drinks, canned frosting, yogurt
Robs Your Body of: Beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein
Increased Health Risks Due to Nutrient Depletion:
FOODS, See page 12A
FOODS
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Eyesight conditions, decreased immune response, frequent viral infections
4. Disodium EDTA
AKA: Ethylenediaminetetraacetic Acid
Found in: Processed foods
Robs Your Body of: Vitamin C, magnesium, iron, calcium, zinc, potassium
Increased Health Risks Due to Nutrient Depletion: Digestive issues, weaker immune system, compromised cellular and nerve function, anemia, cramps, kidney damage

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