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Nutrition Guide for a Health Breakfast

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
BREAKFASTA strong and healthy breakfast is the foundation for a healthy diet. How many times have you heard this advice? Or something similar to that?

No doubt that breakfast is the best, nutritious way to start out your day but the two main questions are: what should be added? What should be avoided?

Let’s start with the add-ons. Fiber and protein are the essential ingredients for a healthy breakfast. If you can mix this two for your breakfast on a daily basis, you will get a great energy boost and likely feel less hungry until lunch and during the rest of the day. Good choices of high fiber breakfast include oatmeal, cereals, whole grains, whole-wheat rolls, and granola. For protein, eggs, peanut butter, and lean meats are great choices.

On the list of things to be avoided, sugars and carbs are leading the way. Carbs can be added with moderation. Keep in mind that even if you are trying to cut down on carbs, but you absolutely must have it, the first meal of the day is the best time to add it.

Sugars should not only be avoided for breakfast but for every meal, anytime, any day. A combination of these two, sugars and carbs, can really affect your eating habits. Take a look at doughnuts for example. An average donut contains between 300 and 500 calories as well as 30-50 grams of sugar. With such a huge amount of sugar in a small package, your body pumps out lots of insulin, and this huge blood sugar peak leads to an even bigger sugar crash. This extreme up-and-down leaves you hungry soon after your breakfast and you are likely to crave even more refined carbs.

Remember: eating breakfast refuels your body, enhances your mood, improves your concentration, and helps you maintain a healthy weight. Eating a “healthy breakfast” can be quick and easy, and provide you with benefits that last the entire day.


Sleep Problems? Melatonin May Help

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
SleepMelatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that has been used for years to improve overall sleep. Known as one of the best sleep support supplements, melatonin has the ability to help people fall asleep faster as well as sleep for longer hours.

A full night of sleep may be a common, often a daily thing for many people, but others may struggle to fall asleep and may not sleep for longer than a couple hours. Sleep disorders have been increasing rapidly in the past years due to many reasons such as stress, poor eating habits, inadequate sleeping schedule, just to mention a few.

Melatonin supplements are labeled as a natural aid to better sleep but this incredible product offers additional health benefits. For example, melatonin helps to build up the immune system and, consequently, provides a spark of energy in your body. Plus, melatonin is known to support the endocrine system as well as promote muscle relaxation.

Melatonin works in two different ways as it helps people to fall asleep faster and better. In average, it takes at least ten minutes for most people to fall asleep, but some people may need at least half hour to get into deep sleep. Several reasons may stop you from falling asleep, such as noise, stomach problems, stress, inability to promote relaxation, and lack of concentration. Additionally, studies have shown that melatonin can promote a better, more relaxing night of sleep, without waking up several times per night. Uninterrupted sleep is hard to accomplish but is essential to recharge your system, so you can wake up full of energy the next morning.

Melatonin supplements vary from 0.5 mg to 5mg of melatonin but large doses can be counterproductive. Check with your health practitioner before start taking melatonin.


The Easiest Way to Reduce Stress (and You’ll Love Doing It)

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Mental Wellbeing at 9:00 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
iStock_000003309008_MediumI’m not sure there’s a day that doesn’t include stress in my world. Whether it be work-related, family-related, or just plain adult life-related, it’s always there. We read articles that say to beat stress you should meditate, get a good night of sleep, or exercise. Sometimes there just isn’t time for that, but there is always time for this fast, no-cost solution. Laughter. When they say laughter is the best medicine, they’re right.

Nothing works faster to bring you back into balance than a good laugh. You can feel it the minute you start – you begin to feel calmer and it immediately brightens your mood. I don’t know about you, but it doesn’t take much for me to burst into giggles (in fact I’ve earned the nickname “Giggle Queen”), but we’re not all the same. Find whatever makes you laugh and take a minute to enjoy the giggles. Whether it be cat videos, a good joke, or a memory of something hilarious that happened, take a break and have a good laugh. You’ll enjoy a host of benefits for mental and emotional health, but also physical benefits as well. Want to know how laughter affects your body? Let’s break it down.

  1. Laughter reduces the effects of stress hormones which lowers your stress and anxiety levels
  2. Laughter increases the production of antibodies which helps to protect your immune system
  3. Laughter burns calories (10-15 minutes of laughter can burn anywhere between 10-40 calories)
  4. Laughter lowers systolic blood pressure and relaxes your muscles
  5. Laughter releases endorphins and increases your pain tolerance

See, there’s no reason not to laugh! Make it a goal to laugh everyday and enjoy the benefits that come along with it.


“A” Great Vitamin for Your Health

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Vitamins and Minerals at 3:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
In the vitamins’ alphabet, B’s C’s and D’s are often the most popular choices but it’s important to remember that A’s should also be considered. Vitamin A promotes a ton of health benefits as this important nutrient is responsible for many functions in our bodies.

Vitamin A plays a significant role in the immune function, skin health as well as our vision. Deficiency of A may affect eyesight and may lead to night blindness. Vitamin A often works as an antioxidant, fighting cell damage and promoting cell grown, but it also has many other uses, so you need to ensure your “A intake” is up to the task. Sources of vitamin A include carrots, spinach, kale, sweet potatoes, liver, and dairy products such as butter. Supplements are available and can be taken without any major side effects.

Carrots carry the reputation of the best, most common vitamin A source. Carrots contain high levels of beta-carotene, which the body can convert to vitamin A. Additionally, vitamin A is often tagged as a supplement to improve vision but it has other benefits too. This vitamin is required for proper growth and is considered an essential nutrient for kids, especially since it helps building up a strong immune system and strong bones too. Plus, it’s one of the most important vitamins to maintain beautiful skin.
Vitamin A works both ways for skin care: internally and externally. Intake of vitamin A promote beautiful skin and may help prevent skin problems such as acne and eczema. For topical use, vitamin A is often used in many lotions, creams and moisturizers products for its ability to heal and hydrated the skin.

Lastly, vitamin A association with vision and cell growth gets all the attention but it’s important to remember that vitamin A has an important role in the normal formation and maintenance of the heart, lungs, kidneys and other vital organs.


Fish vs Flax: What Are the Benefits?

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods,Supplements at 3:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Fish FlaxThe debate never ends. Which one is better: fish oil or flax oil? As a source of essential fatty acids, both products can be an excellent addition to a healthy diet but what are the benefits?

Let’s start with fish oil. A great source of omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and omega-6 fatty acid linoleic acid (LA), fish oil contains two other important omega-3 fatty acids not found in the other plant-based foods: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), both famous for their health benefits. EPA is effective for inflammatory conditions including rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, ulcerative colitis, asthma and eczema, as well as an excellent product for heart disease as it increases levels of good HDL cholesterol, and lowers blood pressure. DHA is important for brain health, vision, learning, cognition, and may help prevent Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis. Fish containing high levels of omega-3s include salmon, sardines, mackerel, tuna, and herring. You can also take fish-oil supplements, a great alternative if you don’t regularly eat fish.

Now on to flax oil. Also an excellent source of omega-3, flax seed oil may be the best source of plant-based omega-3 fats. However, omega-3 fatty acids are not all the same as the ones in flaxseed. The main difference is regarding EPA and DHA. The omega-3s fatty acids in fish oil contain EPA and DHA and these are the omega-3 fats most people need in their diet. The human body has an ability to take the omega-3 from flaxseed and them into EPA and DHA, but this is not an efficient process unlike fish oil. On the other side, flaxseed has other health attributes as it an excellent source of dietary fiber, an essential ingredient for a healthy diet. Plus, flaxseed contains high amounts of lignan, a phytochemical that may have cancer protective effects.


Supplements to Help with Inflammation

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
InflammationPain and swelling are often the result of a very common health problem: inflammation.

This serious issue can target a particular area such as joints, skin, sinuses, prostate, bladder or gums. In some cases, inflammation can become a body-wide condition and may last for years, leading to wide range of health problems including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis as well as neurological degeneration, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

If you are dealing with inflammation, natural alternatives may help your body fight infection, promoting quick and effective relief with virtually no side effects. Fish oil and turmeric supplements are two very popular choices but you do have a few other natural options.

First, bromelain supplements have been used to efficiently treat inflammation for many years. Obtained from the stem and fruit of the pineapple, this protein-dissolving enzyme contain anti-inflammatory properties that help fight infection. Bromelain is good for an acute injury or inflammation caused by ongoing injury, such as osteoarthritis, with its ongoing damage to joint cartilage.

Quercetin is another great option as this anti-inflammatory product can reduce the production and activity of pro-inflammatory biochemicals and block the release of histamine, the biochemical that causes allergic symptoms like runny nose and itchy eyes.

Rounding up the field, curcumin supplements. This yellow turmeric spice found in curry contains anti-inflammatory properties which can prevent and support a variety of health problems including eye issues caused by inflammation such as chronic anterior uveitis and macular degeneration.


4 Adaptogenic Herbs for Positive Living

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Sports Nutrition at 10:45 am | By: Guest Blogger

Imagine if your body had a secret pack of tiny ninjas that it could unleash on anything that threatened its sense of balance and well-being. Work got you stressed out? There’s a ninja for that. Feel a cold coming on? There’s a ninja for that. Feeling exhausted because you stayed up too late watching Netflix? There’s a ninja for that. Mother-in-law on her way into town? There’s a ninja for that too!

When you ingest adaptogenic herbs, it’s like you’re arming your body with a pack of super awesome mini ninjas. Adaptogens are a class of herbs that help your body deal with stress. Whether that stress is physical, mental, or emotional, they hold the power to support and balance your system, whatever that may mean for you. How neat is that?

Below are four fascinating adaptogens that we’ve included in Skoop A-Game Plant-based Greens Blend. These adaptogens are perhaps our favorite part of this super greens blend. When taken daily, the steady stream of adaptogens in your system sets you up to deal with life in a more energized, balanced, positive way. The stressors may still be there, but your response to them can improve, and the negative physiological consequences of stress can be diminished.

  1. Astralagus

Astralagus is an herb, the root of which has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. It helps your immune system function optimally and increases overall vitality. And get this–one of the many ways it accomplishes this is by increasing the activity level of Natural Killer cells–yes, this is an actual scientific term. (The ninja metaphor doesn’t seem so outlandish now, does it?) Natural Killer cells are able to bind to stressed cells or virus-infected cells, and essentially assassinate them on a cellular level.†

  1. Cordyceps

Here’s yet another bizarre but true fact: cordyceps is a fungus that grows on the back of a species of Chinese caterpillars. (Our particular cordyceps is cultivated using oats, without the use of caterpillars.) Can you imagine being the first person to try ingesting this stuff? Who knows how or why that came about. But we’re grateful to that adventurous soul, because this natural compound has the power to combat fatigue, increase resistance to stress, support aerobic capacity, and even, ehem, help things along in the bedroom.†

  1. Reishi

Reishi is a mushroom that prefers to grow out of the Japanese plum tree, but will settle for an oak tree in a pinch. This power mushroom has serious immune system-boosting effects that go way beyond just fighting off a case of the sniffles. It may even play a role in slowing down the aging process. And like so many of its adaptogenic cousins, its fatigue-busting properties can’t be beat.†

  1. Rhodiola

Rhodiola is a flowering plant that grows at high altitudes in Eastern Europe and Asia. This super-herb fights depression and fatigue and enhances mental clarity. It also boosts stress resistance in two different ways. Rhodiola can reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol by supporting and balancing the system (the HPA axis) in our bodies that produces cortisol. It may also enhance the neurological mechanisms of dealing with stress.†

All of these adaptogenic herbs have more benefits than we can list here. Although they’ve been used safely and effectively for thousands of years within Chinese medicine, the western world is just at the tip of the iceberg in terms of utilising these astoundingly powerful natural remedies. If you’re looking for a positive boost, give Skoop A-Game a try and learn what it means to get your super on.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


Healthy Dipping? Salsa!

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Gluten Free,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Salsa dip

Snacking doesn’t necessarily have to be unhealthy but did you know that one of the most popular dips actually offers a ton of health benefits? Yes, that’s salsa. Fresh tomato salsa has several health benefits when made with fresh ingredients and low salt. The most common ingredients in tomato salsa are hot peppers, onions, lime, and olive oil. These ingredients provide a source of essential nutrients such as vitamins C, beta carotene, minerals, antioxidants and much more.

Fresh red tomatoes are high in vitamin C, vitamin A, and contain the wonderful lycopene ingredient known to prevent heart disease and atherosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries.

Hot peppers such as jalapenos are often used in salsa and contain vitamins A, K and C, as well as folate and lutein. Jalapenos are also known to speed up the metabolism helping you burn fat more efficiently. Capsaicin, the chemical responsible for a pepper’s spiciness, plays a role in the treatment of some health conditions, and may help relieve indigestion and stomach pain.

Lime juice has antioxidant properties and may help to prevent infections. Onions contains vitamin C, or ascorbic acid. Olive Oil is likely the best choice of oil to be used for salsa for its multiple health benefits as it contains mono and polyunsaturated fats, which unlike saturated fats, may help lower cholesterol levels in the blood, reducing your risk of heart problems.

Fresh tomato salsa is often served with Mexican dishes such as tacos, chips and fajitas but you can also eat it with healthier alternatives like chopped carrots and celery sticks, making a very healthy snack full of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Plus, you can use salsa as a healthy garnish for grilled fish or chicken, boosting the meal’s nutrient content and adding flavor without the use of salt or fat.


Healthy Heart Powered By Resveratrol

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
ResveratrolResveratrol supplements have been one of the best-selling items for cardiovascular support for many years. The reason for such a successful run may be explained not only but its efficiency but also by the number of health benefits provided.

Resveratrol is a flavonoid antioxidant present in grape skins and red grape juice that has been shown to have anti-aging properties. Studies have concluded that regular resveratrol supplementation may help to promote longevity but the question is: how?  This member of a group of plant compounds called polyphenols is capable of reducing oxidative stress, which prevents premature aging of cells.

Resveratrol is considered an efficient product as it protects the endothelium, the delicate inner layer of your arteries, from oxidative free radical damage. Plus, it helps to protect the production of nitric oxide, the critical chemical produced by the endothelium that keeps blood vessels optimally dilated.

Additionally, resveratrol can be effective on improving blood flow in the arteries. Impaired blood flow in this vessel is linked to risk factors such as obesity and hypertension but research suggests that consuming of a highly bioactive form of resveratrol may lead to a rapid increase of blood flow within the hour. This process of protecting the endothelial lining of your arteries is essential to maintain blood flows as it should.

Lastly, resveratrol helps reduce inflammation and prevents oxidation of LDL “bad” cholesterol, making it more difficult for platelets to stick together and form the clots that can lead to a heart attack. Resveratrol helps prevent insulin resistance, which leads to diabetes, when the body becomes less sensitive to the effects of the blood sugar-lowering hormone, insulin.


3 Natural Supplements to Lower Blood Pressure

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
HBPOne in three U.S. adults has high blood pressure according to the American Heart Association. This scary number shows that many people may be at risk of arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), kidney disease, and heart failure. Several conditions may play a role in developing high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, including being overweight, smoking, eating too much salt, family history, among other factors. A healthy diet and exercise are still the best way to keep your blood pressure in check but supplements may be helpful. Here is a list of 3 natural supplements to lower blood pressure.

1. Coenzyme Q10

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is one of the best supplements for the cardiovascular system as this powerful antioxidant plays an important role in cellular energy production. Studies have shown that CoQ10 can help lower blood pressure naturally with a recommended dosage of 60 mg, taken twice a day, may provide an impressive reduction in systolic blood pressure after 12 weeks.

2. Grape Seed Extract

Grape seed extract supplements contain compounds called polyphenols that provide numerous health benefits including the ability to lower blood pressure naturally. Multiple studies have shown that grape seed extract is very effective in relaxing the smooth muscle tissues in the blood vessels.

3. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are known to provide a lot of health benefits and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are important for overall cardiovascular health. Research has shown that increased consumption of omega-3s can lower blood pressure naturally with results coming in as little as two weeks.


Good Morning Breakfast!

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
BreakfastThe importance of breakfast is never in question but for some reason some people continue to skip this important meal. Studies have confirmed that regularly eating a healthy breakfast may help you lose excess weight and maintain your weight loss in many different ways but yet some people still start their day with no meal at all.

Eating a healthy breakfast is one of the best ways to establish a well-balanced diet. Research has suggested that people who eat breakfast regularly may reduce hunger later in the day, making it easier to avoid overeating. Skipping breakfast often result in snacks which more often than not are unhealthy alternatives. plus the prolonged fasting can increase your body’s insulin response, which in turn increases fat storage and weight gain.

Additionally, eating a healthy breakfast provides more energy for daily tasks. Think about the time you sleep: let’s say seven to eight hours that your body has no food intake. With no breakfast, you are expanding this time frame to at least ten or up to fourteen hours without new energy. It’s too much as the human body needs food to produce new energy. A healthy breakfast refuels your body and replenishes the glycogen stores that supply your muscles with immediate energy. Routinely skipping breakfast is associated with decreased physical activity as with no new energy, people are less likely to be active and exercise.

Plus, studies have shown that people who eat breakfast tend to eat a healthier overall diet, one that is more nutritious and lower in fat. In contrast, people who skip breakfast are more likely to also skip fruits and vegetables the rest of the day as well.

Lastly, the importance of the word “healthy” when eating breakfast cannot be overviewed. Starting your day with unhealthy choices may lead to continue eating poorly throughout the day.


5 Benefits Of Staying Hydrated

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
waterBecause your body loses water through breathing, sweating, and digestion, it’s important to stay hydrated by drinking eight, 8 ounce glasses of water and eating foods that contain water.

Increase Energy –Dehydration can cause your bodily systems to slow down, causing you to feel tired. Get a quick pick-me-up with a glass or two of water.

Weight Loss – By aiding digestion and improving nutrient absorption, water is a great weight loss tool. Plus, if you replace your soda with a glass of water, you’ll see even better results.

Glowing Skin – By keeping your skin hydrated reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Lubricate Joints – Tired of joint pain? Drinking water can actually reduce pain in your joints by keeping the cartilage soft and hydrated.

Regulates Body Temperature – We regulate body temperature by keeping a tight balance between heat gain and heat loss working synergistically with our internal systems. 

Expert Tips: Here’s some ways to increase your H20 intake.

  • Drink a glass of water before your meal.
  • Keep a reusable bottle on your desk at work as a reminder.
  • During that 3pm lull, drink a glass before reaching for that cup of joe.


The Perfect (pH) Balance

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Water Purification and Storage at 10:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
balance-phFinding the perfect balance is one of the most important things in life. Whether you find the perfect balance for your diet and exercise habits or the perfect amount of time to spend with family and friends, finding the perfect balance is often essential for a happy life.

How about your pH balance? Health experts believe that having the perfect pH balance is essential for a healthy life. Maintaining the ideal alkaline/acidity balance can promote benefits in your body as well as prevent health issues.

Did you know that pH stands for power of hydrogen? That is the measurement of the hydrogen ion concentration in the body. The total pH scale ranges from 1 to 14, with 7 considered to be neutral. Most water has the neutral pH of 7 including most tap water, spring water, sea water, and river water. A pH less than 7 is said to be acidic and solutions with a pH greater than 7 are basic or alkaline. The ideal pH is slightly alkaline, ranging from 7.30 to 7.45.

The human body carefully regulates the amount of acids and bases in your blood because if the pH of your blood fluctuates beyond a very narrow range it can cause proteins and cells not to work properly. Drinking water that has a balanced pH is one way to prevent this.

Measure the pH of your drinking water by using one a pH test strips. One of the best ways to drink a neutral, pH 7 water is to use a water distiller. These devices work by heating water to its boiling point and then collecting the water vapor, resulting in pure and free of contaminants (no acids or bases) water with a pH of 7.

Alternatively, sodium bicarbonate, also known as baking soda, may be added in small amounts to drinking water to raise its pH when it is acidic. On the other hand, you can add oranges or lemons to your water or crush up vitamin C tablets as vitamin C is mildly acidic. Measure the pH of your water after you have added these to ensure you have balanced the pH of your drinking water.


Vitamin D: Little Risk, High Rewards

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Vitamins and Minerals at 10:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Vitamin DVitamin D supplements continue to be on the rise. The health benefits from taking vitamin D are no longer in question and, if some people still have second thoughts about taking D supplements, a new study shows that there is little risk of vitamin D toxicity.

Published in a recent issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, researchers have concluded that the risk for developing vitamin D toxicity is rare. The idea of this particular study was to check the odds of developing dangerously high blood calcium levels, a common concern about excessive vitamin D supplementation. High blood calcium levels can lead to weakness, kidney stones, and a general worsening of both heart and brain health.

“We found that even in those with high levels of vitamin D over 50 ng/mL, there was not an increased risk of hypercalcemia, or elevated serum calcium, with increasing levels of vitamin D,” study co-author Dr. Thomas Thacher, a family medicine expert at the Mayo Clinic, said in a journal news release.

Study authors analyzed vitamin D level information that had been collected by the Rochester Epidemiology Project to gauge whether widespread supplementation might be boosting the risk for such toxicity. The data included more than 20,000 vitamin D blood level measurements taken between 2002 and 2011 from residents of a single community. The conclusion shows that only eight percent of the measurements indicated levels exceeding 50 ng/mL, often involving women over age 65, and less than one percent had levels over 100.

Vitamin D is often recommended to improve or protect bone health, and there are indications it may also help prevent cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. The upper limit of vitamin D supplementation recommended by the Institute of Medicine for people with low or deficient levels is 4,000 International Units a day.


10 Toxic Chemicals Commonly Found in Fast Foods

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 1:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Fast Food MenuThinking about eating some fast food today? Think again. The more people read about fast food facts the more likely they are to switch to a healthier food alternative. French fries, burgers, chicken nuggets, sodas and pretty much anything in the whole universe of fast food contain a ton of ingredients you may want to think twice before ingesting that into your body. Today, we present you 10 chemicals commonly found in your favorite fast foods.

1. PAPs

Polyfluoroalkyl Phosphate Esters are chemicals used in fast-food packaging to make it grease and waterproof but eventually leach to the food inside the packaging and end up in your bloodstream. Linked to a number of health problems, including cancer and liver disease, PAPs are the same substances used to make Teflon.

2.Benzoyl Peroxide

An active ingredient in a variety of acne creams, this chemical is used by many fast food companies during bread production for bleaching wheat flour.

3. Sodium Nitrite and Sodium Nitrate

Found in foods such as bacon, sausage, hot dog or ham, these chemicals are used by fast food restaurants as an additive to retain meat color and to inhibit bacterial growth on the food. Both chemicals can break down into nitrosamines, substances with the potential to cause cancer.

4. Caramel Coloring

Caramel coloring can be found in sodas, sauces and desserts and contain 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole. Both ingredients have been linked to cancer.

5. Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate

Used in shampoo and soaps, this chemical is found in fast food bread as a dough conditioner.

6. Calcium Disodiummm EDTA

Fast food companies use this chemical as a flavor protectant in sauces, dips and dressings. The same ingredient is used as a stabilizer for personal care products.

7. Disodium Phosphate

Commonly used as a food preservative, it is also often found in mascara and mouthwash products.

8. Ammonium Glycyrrhizin

Fast food chains uses it as a flavor enhances but personal care companies use the exact same chemical in facial mask products.

9. PhIP

PhIP (2-Amino-1-methyl-6-phenylimidazo pyridine) is a chemical found in fast food grilled chicken which has been associated with human breast, prostate and colon cancers.

10. Benzoate Preservatives

BHT, BHA, and TBHQ are compounds used by fast food chains to preserve fats and prevent them to become rancid.