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Artificial Sweeteners, specifically aspartame has shown that it can lead to accumulation of formaldehyde and methanol. Both highly toxic substances. Low levels of aspartame have not shown direct symptoms in humans, so it is presumed safe in food products - but who is making this judgement call?

Many of the artificial colorings in everyday foods are derived from the manufacturing of coal tars, have been found to promote hypersensitivity reactions children. Fibromyalgia, headaches, mood swings and adrenal issues.

A major concern with processed foods is the use of preservatives. The most commonly used are butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) and sulfites. BHT has been shown to induce tumors in the stom- ach and liver after accumulation over time. If you do not know that it is there, you will accumulate it over time! Sulfites are also a common preservative which destroy certain B vitamins

Pesticides and genetically modified foods have been proven to be carcinogenic and therefore able to cause genetic damage leading to the development of cancer and birth defects as well as stunted growth and low IQ in children.

Trans-fatty acids occur when a food is processed. These fatty acids are found in margarine, veg- etable oils, crackers, confectionary, biscuits, snack foods and even foods that are labeled nutritions or calorie reduced. giving the false impression that they have health benefits. The food industry uses this process because it increases the shelf-life of fats. Trans-fats along with sugar has been shown to increase LDL cholesterol and decrease HDL cholesterol, the "good" cholesterol. Trans- fats have also been linked to certain cancers and dementia.

All this and I haven’t even started on the addictive nature of sugar and its direct line to the dopiate receptors in the brain which trigger addiction.

As consumers, until we change our thinking and start questioning cleverly designed packaging and “healthy”label claims, nothing will change. Don’t wait until you are faced with a health crisis.

Nicci Robertson is the founder of the Re~Invent Company and author of the Re-Invent Wellness Coaching Methodology. She is a clinical nutritionist, master practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming and Pycho-neuro immunology. She is First Line Therapy certified. Together with her husband Charn, they consult to a number of multi national companies regarding staff wellness, work life balance strategies, executive wellness coaching and stress management. While running a thriving nutrition and wellness coaching practice in Johannesburg.

Change comes from a willingness to engage in new ideas about what is possible.