Hidden Ingredient in Food Could Be Killing You

Reading “Nutrition Facts” labels has become commonplace for those who are searching for a healthier eating lifestyle, but even those can be misleading, as there are certain harmful substances within the product that are not required by law to be listed.

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Phosphorus – The Age-Accelerating Hidden Ingredient

When you read the label, the first three listings are in regards to serving size, calories, fat, cholesterols, sodium, carbohydrates, and proteins – these are all mandatory on every Nutrition Facts label. Below the compulsory list, you have the list of vitamins and minerals. This record is optional and, instead, may be hidden in the ingredients list in order of abundance, devoid of an accurate quantity. Due to this, many people are not aware that their favourite food may contain high amounts of the age accelerant, phosphorus.

Phosphorus is a known leavening agent. It is popular for its ability to add height to baking products, or “fizz” to carbonated beverages, but it is also a prime culprit in cardiovascular calcification, muscle atrophy, and kidney disease – attainable at a young age by the ingestion of high counts of phosphorous.

Drinking too much soda, or eating too much bread can actually cause premature aging and death, but without a reliable source of understanding how much phosphorus is in the foods we eat, we can be placing ourselves at risk without ever knowing it.

Naturally, your fresh, organic foods are still the healthiest way to go, and a diet rich in vegetables and fruits will certainly help to detoxify a body that is taking in too much phosphorus, but there’s no need to deny yourself all of life’s pleasures. A general rule is that all things are safe in moderation, especially when it comes to carbonated beverages, processed meats and cheeses, baked goods, chocolate, and dairy. When in doubt, a quick search online will provide you with a lot of relevant information.

Colleen Ludgate, Editor, FunAdvice.com

Colleen Ludgate

I am the Editor/Community Manager for the Q&A Social Networking site, FunAdvice.com. I'm also a certified Chef/Pastry Chef and Community Food Advisor.

One thought on “Hidden Ingredient in Food Could Be Killing You

  • January 6, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Wow, I’ve actually never heard of this before. It is funny though, how phosphorous is found in all the foods that we really shouldn’t be eating anyway. So to me, phosphorous is just one more reason to avoid them. :-)


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