Caffeine is a naturally toxic substance, and is found in the seeds, leaves, and even the fruit of numerous plants. It serves as a toxic, natural pesticide, that wards off potential damage to the plant by paralyzing and killing the offending insects.
In the human body, caffeine is a stimulant for our central nervous system, counteracting the effects of drowsiness while rejuvenating a person’s mental cognizance.
Caffeine is highly toxic to humans at increased dosage levels, however normal consumption has a relatively low risk of side effects.
Monster Energy drinks has 10 mg of caffeine per 1 ounce of the drink, and their #1 selling can has 24 ounces in it. That’s 240 mg per 24 ounce can.
The FDA says a person consuming caffeine should limit their intake to the amount of caffeine in two cups of fresh coffee, or 200 mg’s per day.
Monster Energy drinks label indicates ingesting no more than 48 ounces per day, equal to 480 mg’s per day, more than twice the recommended amount of the FDA.
Caffeine is a food additive, so let us examine some of the other added toxins found in most processed foods today.
One of the best ways to love and care for your body is to pay attention to the amount of toxins you are putting into your body through processed foods. Most processed foods are loaded with salt, sugars, artificial sweeteners and other chemicals. Allow your body to detox by preparing most of your meals and drinks at home.
Artificial sweeteners, you know them as sucralose, aspartame and saccharin. There is also neotame and acesulfame potassium. You can find them in bottled drinks, yogurts, gums and diet food products. These products claim that by eating foods and drinks without natural sugars you will lose weight. They also claim to taste the same as natural sweeteners, but that strange chemical taste is always there in products using artificial sweeteners.
Unfortunately, plenty of studies have surfaced over the past couple of years that show artificial sweeteners not make it harder for people to control how much they eat but they gain more weight. It is even possible to notice that obesity rates have risen drastically since the introduction of artificial sweeteners. Other studies are showing that artificial sweeteners may cause cancer, brain tumors and other very harmful health problems.
The process used to make artificial sweeteners uses chemicals to process the chemicals in the sweeteners to make up their compounds. Everything about them is artificial, there are no natural ingredients used. Notice, ARTIFICIAL! In addition, no long-term studies have been done or completed for us effectively to know the long-term effects these products are going to have on our bodies, but all the current research is indicting, you need to stay away from artificial sweeteners. Then again, why would you want to put something artificial into your body anyway?
Natural sugars are those that occur naturally in fruits and veggies. They are not bad for the body; it’s the amount ingested that causes the problems. Moderation is always the key to the best eating habits. Taking in too much sugar leads to weight gain and diseases such as diabetes. Try not to eat or drink foods and drinks with huge amounts of added sugars and when you cook at home use as little sugar as possible. Stay away from over processed sugars such as high fructose corn syrup.
Too much salt or sodium is horrible for the body. It leads to health issues such as kidney and heart diseases such as high blood pressure. High amounts of added Salt are in almost every processed food made including bottled water. Humans are easy to become addicted to salt, so adding it makes us come back for more. We do need some salt in our diets to stay healthy but it is not even close to the amounts most of us get (the average American takes in 2,500 to 5,000 milligrams of sodium a day while the recommended daily allowance is 1,500 to 2,300 milligrams a day).
Finally, we get to the many added chemicals in processed foods, most of which are names we cannot pronounce much less spell. Chemicals don’t occur naturally in food, so why do we eat them? The answer is that either most companies add them because they add flavor to the food that will keep you coming back for more or they work to preserve the shelf life of the food. Many of these chemicals have unknown side effects while others can cause serious health issues.
Education is the solution to protecting yourself from all these added toxins. Read the labels of any processed foods you buy or are considering to buy. Notice what is added to the food and decide for yourself if it is something you want to put into your body. You’ll soon notice how much better you feel when you stop putting these additives in your body. Learn to cook at home and to eat healthy. Your body will come alive and stop feeling so tired and sluggish (a common side effect of eating processed foods). Love yourself. You don’t need these additives to be healthy, in fact you will be healthier without the majority of them.
Written By: Heidi Medina
E-mail: [email protected]
Contributing Writer: Jim Donahue
Sources / Supporting Links / Works Cited: : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2892765/