Food, glorious food. Not only do we need it to survive, but when it tastes so good who could turn it down?
Whether your snack of choice is a bag of crisp apples or you prefer to chow down on a cheeseburger and fries, there are a number of hidden toxins and chemicals in foods that you eat every day that could be killing you.
If you want to know which ‘healthy’ snack could cause cancer and why buttering your toast could clog your arteries, then you should read about these 15 common foods.
1. Microwave Popcorn
The popcorn craze has boomed in the past few years, with an array of sweet and savoury flavours flying off the shelves as the healthier alternative to potato chips. Popcorn kernels might contain fewer calories than a bag of cheese and onion crisps, but companies have opted to line microwave popcorn bags with a chemical called perfluorooctane sulfonic acid which has been shown to affect fertility, cancer risk, and kidney functioning in animal and some human studies.
Some brands of microwave popcorn also add add unhealthy trans fats to their products and vaguely list “artificial flavours” or “natural flavours” on their labels to try and distract the consumer. Your best option is to buy the kernels yourself and get popping with your own toppings!
2. “Sugar-Free” Candies
Artificial sweeteners aren’t just added to diet sodas, it can also be found in “sugar-free” candy too. As the digestive system is not equipped to break down sugar substitutes or sugar alcohols, you can incur some serious stomach pains if you eat too much of it.