PEP 21: 3 Food Additives That Are Making You Fat & Sick

Did you know that there are 6 common food additives present in 80% of foods on U.S grocery store shelves that are banned outside of the U.S? This is a frightening statistic. Despite science proving that these additives contribute to conditions such as obesity, diabetes and even cancer, food additives such as MSG, high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils are present in countless products on store shelves, including products that are marketed as "healthy". In order to avoid these toxic additives, consumers need to take it upon themselves to learn how to read nutrition labels and avoid getting tricked by the alternative names that companies use for these additives to trick the consumer.

In this episode, Joe and Amber share research about the dangers of consuming MSG, high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils. Additionally, they tell you some of the common names used by companies to disguise these substances on nutrition labels.

If you have any questions you'd like answered on future episodes of the podcast, submit them here! We are hoping to have a full Q&A episode in the near future to answer any nutrition, fitness, biohacking or any other health related questions you may have for us.

Topics Discussed Include:

  • 5:20 - Joe and Amber address criticism about cursing on the podcast

  • 10:30 - Introduction for the topic of the day

  • 12:30 - Chinese Restaurant Syndrome & MSG (monosodium glutamate)

  • 15:20 - MSG being an neurotoxin, killing brain cells

  • 16:30 - MSG causing blood sugar spikes & dips, making you hungry and grumpy

  • 17:50 - Research from Cephalalgia about MSG causing headaches, high blood pressure, and stomach aches.

  • 21:00 - Alternative names for MSG to watch out for on nutrition labels

  • 23:00 - High fructose corn syrup - what is it?

  • 28:20 - Research from the Pharmacology, Biochemisty and Behavioral journal about how high fructose corn syrup fed mice gained more weight than mice who ate sucrose, even when the high fructose corn syrup fed mice ate less calories

  • 31:00- How hormones control weight, not calories

  • 31:55 - Research from the Pharmacology, Biochemisty and Behavioral journal showing that high fructose corn syrup contributes to leptin resistance. Leptin is our "you're full, stop eating!" hormone.

  • 32:30 - Our ancestors ate 16-20 grams of fructose per day - the modern American eats 85-100 grams of fructose per day.

  • 33:00 - Why are you eating what you're eating? - Every ingredient should have a purpose

  • 36:00 - How fructose makes you hungrier, and contributes to overeating

  • 38:50 - How to recognize high fructose corn syrup hiding on nutrition labels

  • 44:40 - Hydrogenated oil - what is it and how is it made?

  • 48:40 - Hydrogenated oil contributing to heart disease, DNA damage & cancer

  • 50:50 - Hydrogenated oil on nutrition labels

  • 54:10 - Episode recap + closing conversation

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