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These Artificial Chemicals In Your Food Are Making You Fat

Your food can contain a number of artificial chemicals which have a direct impact on body fat.

These Artificial Chemicals In Your Food Are Making You Fat

Food companies make use of these additives in their food to enhance taste

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Food companies make use of these additives in their food to enhance taste
  2. MSG is added to food to improve taste and cut down production cost
  3. PFOA is a synthetic compound present in non-stick cooking pans

We know how food impacts our body but do we know how artificial additives in some foods affect our body weight? Processed foods contain several artificial chemicals which have a direct impact on the body fat. And it's not just processed foods; some seemingly healthy foods are also loaded with these chemicals. Food companies make use of these additives in their foods to enhance taste, increase shelf-life and cut down the cost of production.

These synthetic chemicals increase the body mass and are known as obesogens. From packaged water to yogurts, obesogens are present in many processed foods. So if you are on a fitness spree and are unable to lose weight despite working out for hours, you should know that it is due to these obesogens in your food.

Here is a list of 5 such chemicals which may be making you fat:

1. Monosodium glutamate (MSG)

MSG is added to food items to improve taste and cut down the cost of adding natural flavours. But this one is a harmful excitotoxin. It overexcites the brain to a point where it can lead to brain cell damage. This chemical is very appealing and addictive for consumers due to which people find it difficult to avoid this chemical. MSG is a part of a number of family meals which makes all weight loss efforts futile.

2. Aspartame

To replace natural sugars, aspartame is used. So the products that claim that they contain less or zero sugar make use of aspartame to give the sweet taste. This chemical disturbs the stomach bacteria which triggers weight gain. Phenylalanine and aspartic acid, the two components of this chemical stimulate insulin and leptons. As a result, the body stores energy in the form of either glycogens or fat.

3. Bisphenol-A

BPA is found in canned or plastic containers of food. Now these foods are stored in the containers for a long period of time due to which the chemical slips into the food and eventually enters our body. This chemical fosters the growth of fat cells in our body. BPA escapes the body easily but over consumption of it can increase risk of low metabolism.

4. Mercury

This one is usually found in farm fishes and high-fructose corn syrups. Mercury is a highly toxic chemical which if consumed regularly can lead to substantial weight gain over time. This happens due to the fact that mercury slows down metabolism significantly. As a result, you end up gaining weight.

5. Perfluorooctanoic acid

PFOA is a synthetic compound present in non-stick cooking pans. It is also found in microwavable popcorn. This chemical is strongly linked to thyroid disorders, kidney issues and obesity. 

Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.



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