I’m often asked by Slender For Life™ weight loss clients about food labels and one of the things that I always say is that I don’t want any words on the label that I can not pronounce. 

Many of those funny sounding names and abbreviations are food preservatives, and just because they’re on the shelves doesn’t necessarily mean they’re safe.

Naturally, the safest way to keep unwanted preservatives out of your system is to eat a diet that consists mainly of organic fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

If you are going to eat processed foods, be aware of some of the most common food preservatives:

BHT, BHA and Propyl Gallate – These are used to keep fats and oils in food from spoiling. In laboratory rats, they have been found to cause cancer. These preservatives usually show up in potato chips, chewing gum, vegetable oil and cereal packaging.

Aspartame – A sugar substitute used in beverages and found in diet foods, such as soft drinks, candy and snacks. This artificial sweetener has been linked to an increase in lymphoma (cancer), leukemia and brain tumors.

Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils – Found in products such as crackers, cookies, baked goods, and salad dressings, the process used to make these oils results in the creation of trans fats – prime fodder for the development of heart disease and diabetes.

Food DyesBlue Dyes 1 and 2, Red Dye 3 and Yellow Dye 6 have been linked to the formation of various types of tumors throughout the body. Read food and pet food labels carefully to avoid these dyes.

Sulfites – These are used to prevent discoloration in certain dried fruits and frozen potatoes. However, they can destroy B1 vitamins in the food and may cause hives and difficulty breathing, particularly in those with a history of asthma and allergies.

MSG – Used to flavor food, MSG may cause headaches, nausea/vomiting, and difficulty breathing in those who are sensitive to it.

Become an educated consumer. Read food labels in order to avoid the negative effects of eating foods that contain some of the more dangerous preservatives. Naturally, the best strategy is to eat fresh foods. Try to limit your shopping to the perimeter of the store where there are fewer processed foods.

Don’t Like vegetables? Consider using hypnosis to develop new tastes for food. Using the Light Switch Self Hypnosis technique is an easy way for you to use hypnotherapy to change your eating behaviors and to create a new and healthy desires for vegetables, fruits and whole grains.  Watch Light Switch Self Hypnosis and find out how easy self hypnosis is. You can also watch these videos on Power Minutes: Power Minutes, How To Use Power Minutes, Written Suggestions and  Orange Blossom. Use hypnosis several times a day, every day.

Has your health been affected by food preservatives? Write to me about it.

Your Hypnosis Health Info Hypnotic Suggestion for today:

I eat foods that were dug out of the earth, picked off of a plant or bush or out of a tree. 

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