Brain health WARNING: Excitotoxins linked to obesity and neurodegeneration
(NaturalHealth365) Did you know that most processed foods contain additives that are known to cause brain damage and place us at risk for neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s disease and dementia?
Unfortunately, these “excitotoxins” (like aspartame) can be found in just about all heavily processed foods, meaning many canned, bottled and boxed foods. To be clear, the science swirling around about these dangerous substances is pretty grim, as you’ll see.
Excitotoxins: How the food industry has hijacked your brain and willpower
Do you know that one common excitotoxin, L-cysteine, is made of human hair combined with poultry feathers? How sick is a system where scientists actually spend this much time trying to hijack the human brain in order to create an addiction to a food that will destroy human health, make it impossible for you to stay slender and healthy, and to simply live a happy, healthy life?
To know the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) signs off on this, as well as the arsenic used to set off the inflammatory response in poultry, and the hormones given to cattle to fatten them up, one wonders why America is one of the few countries poisoning its own food supply.
This is why a clean, organic diet full of whole foods is so important.
How highly toxic food additives are linked to obesity and brain lesions
For many years, Russell L. Blaylock, MD has openly talked about how excitotoxins destroy the brain and cause a shocking number of cancers, Alzheimer’s disease plus many other neurological disorders.
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To be perfectly clear, these toxic substances are proteins which excite brain cells and cause them to die. In case you’re wondering, they can be found under such names as, monosodium glutamate (MSG), aspartame (NutraSweet), cysteine and hydrolyzed protein.
But, how are excitotoxins linked to obestiy?
Basically, it’s because – when consumed – they can cause lesions in the brain that directly impact our ability to process leptin, the hormone that signals the brain that we are full and that it’s time to stop eating. For example, animal studies with rats given MSG get grossly obese.
In addition, researchers from the University of North Carolina conducted a study in rural China and discovered that individuals who used the most MSG – when preparing meals – are the ones most likely to be obese, no matter how many calories they ate a day or their levels of physical activity.
Exposing the list of common excitotoxins to avoid
There are over 70 known excitotoxins that are added to our food today to make them more tasty, appealing, a food that we will crave to the point of distraction . . .
|Excitotoxin||Other names||Exposure occurs through||Health risks|
|MSG (monosodium glutamate)||Natural flavor(s)or flavoring,Hydrolyzed vegetable protein, autolyzed protein, plant protein, carrageenan, yeast extract, anything with glutamate||Chinese food, fast food, processed and packaged foods, drink mixes and soda pop, lunchmeat, frozen hamburgers, iced tea mix, sports drinks||obesity, metabolic disorders, Chinese Restaurant Syndrome, neurotoxic effects and detrimental effects on the reproductive organs.|
|Aspartate||Aspartame, asparticac acid||Processed and diet foods, diet sodas (including Coke zero and the zero sodas)||Risks are numerous and deadly, from kidney disease, to obesity, to type II diabetes, to cancer. (See Lohner, 2017).|
|Diacetyl||alpha-diketone, 2,3-butanedione, or 431-03-08.|
|Buttery flavor enhancer, chief source of exposure is microwave popcorn||Lung disorders, lung damage|
|Cysteine||Bread and baked goods||High cysteine levels are associated with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease|
One frightening fact regarding aspartame is that this common sweetener is actually composed of three excittoxins/neurotoxins: aspartic acid, methanol, and phenylamine. The trouble with this is that excitotoxins are doubly or triply damaging to one’s health when more than one is combined, and here we have three powerful excitotoxins combined.
Common foods that contain excitotoxins
- Bacon bits
- Salad dressings
- Frozen dinners like Stouffer’s, Lean Cuisine, Hungry Man
- Vegetarian “convenience” foods
- Soy sauce
- Spice blends
- Broths (especially Safeway’s brand)
- Nuts (especially Diamond Siracha-flavored nuts)
- Children’s foods (especially Plum Organics)
- Vegan breakfast sausage
- Tofu products
- Canned soups
- Chinese food
- Fast food
- Many boxed foods
Basically, it’s up to us to read labels carefully. And, whenever possible, try to eat fresh (organic) food in its natural state to avoid these nasty ingredients.
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