Pernah merasakan kebosanan akan makanan yang itu-itu aja ?
Ngerasa gak fit… padahal ketika makan sudah dirasa cukup, kenyang dan juga cukup teratur…
Ngerasa gak berselera makan, padahal aneka makanan dan jajanan bertebaran di sekitar kita?
Hm, kenapa ya?
Coba deh untuk flashback…
Silahkan cek asal muasal makanan yang kita santap.
1. Pernahkah kita mengecek asal muasal makanan dari bahan makanannya?
Apakah fresh atau tidak?
Karena sebenarnya sebuah masterpiece masakan bukan ditentukan seberapa keren tampilan masakan itu, akan tetapi seberapa segar bahan baku bakunya… karena makanan yang baik berasal dari bahan baku yang segar.
2. Cek cara pengolahan makanannya
Makanan itu kaya rasa, tekstur dan aroma loh… Itu yang membedakan “value” sebuah makanan dari satu hidangan ke hidangan yang lain.. contohnya, dengan bahan dasar yang sama yakni sebutir telur akan menjadi aneka makanan loh…
3. Cek apakah makanan tersebut diolah menggunakan Bahan Makanan Tambahan (BTM) atau tidak?
BTM itu apa? semacam penguat rasa (MSG seperti vetsin, aneka penyedap rasa), penguat aroma, pemanis buatan, pengental, pewarna, pelembut, pengawet dan masih banyak lagi… Kenapa harus diperhatikan? Padahal kan bahan makanan yang mengandung BTM tsb sudah mendapat izin dari BPOM? BTM yang mendapat izin dari BPOM artinya boleh dikonsumsi pada jumlah tertentu… Nah, kalau misalnya kita rutin menggunakan BTM semacam penyedap rasa setiap makanan apakah yakin ambang batas yang ditetapkan BPOM tidak terlewati? Padahal… kalau kita sadar, BTM tsb akan mengendap di dalam tubuh loh istilah kerennya terakumulasi di dalam tubuh yang lama kelamaan menjadi pemicu kanker dan aneka penyakit lainnya kaya tifus dsb.
4. Jika menggunakan bahan makanan atau makanan kemasan, Cek Labelnya!
Berikut ini adalah 10 bahan makanan yang sebaiknya dihindari (Avoid as often as possible) :
1. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
MSG is a dangerous ingredient as it’s known as an excitotoxin.
A neurotoxic chemical additive that harms nerve cells by overexciting them. Consuming MSG regularly damages and even destroys a large number of brain cells and can lead to serious health problems, including neurological disorders. Also, consistent consumption of MSG is linked to appetite stimulation and weight gain/obesity.
One of the most commonly used artificial sweeteners, and also referred to as a man-made poison. Aspartame is also an excitotoxin, like MSG, causing headaches, dizziness, blurry vision and gastrointestinal damage. Research shows this “safe” and popular additive can destroy your immune system by consistent consumption. Some say it is like digesting an insecticide, and many researches conclude that aspartame is one of the most dangerous FDA approved substances available to consumers.
3. High Fructose Corn Syrup
(AKA corn sugar, glucose/fructose syrup, fruit fructose): Mostly all HFCS is made from genetically-modified corn, and is the number one source of caloric consumption in the US diet. It has been directly linked to weight gain and the development of diabetes. If this isn’t enough to scare people away from this harmful ingredient, HFCS is also a major contributing factor to cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and insulin resistance (the causing agent of Type 2 Diabetes) and high blood pressure. HFCS is found in soda, salad dressings, breads, cereals, yogurt, soups, lunch meats, pizza sauce and condiments.
4. Agave Nectar
Another highly processed sweetener. Agave Nectar contains the highest amount of fructose among all commercial sweeteners. Fructose is mainly broken down in the liver and then converted to fat.
5. Sodium Nitrite and Sodium Nitrate
Both of these chemicals are used to preserve meats. When added to meats, the nitrates are converted into nitrosamines. Nitrosamines are strongly associated with an increased risk of cancer.
6. Refined Vegetable Oil (Soybean oil, corn oil, safflower oil, canola oil and peanut oil)
Refined vegetable oils are made by elaborate mechanical and chemical processes to derive the oil from the seeds. The refining process contains chemical solvents, extremely high temperatures, deodorization, and bleaching, which removes the natural vitamins and minerals from the seeds. Also, most vegetable oils are hydrogenated, meaning the mechanical process creates trans fatty acids which are known to contribute to heart disease and some cancers. Refined Vegetable Oil is found in most processed foods such as crackers, granola bars, baked goods, and standard cooking oils and margarine.
7. Potassium Bromate (“enriched flour”)
This ingredient is used as an additive in foods to increase the volume in some breads, rolls and flours. It has been shown to cause cancer in animals and is banned in Canada and several other countries. In some states, a cancer warning is used on the label, and the FDA has asked bakers to “voluntarily” stop using it. Enriched flour is the equivalent to putting pure starch in your system (keep in mind that when added with water, starch turns into a paste…think of how your body tries to digest that!) Your body reacts to enriched flour the same way it reacts to pure sugar, by going on sugar highs and lows. Enriched flour is found in most commercial baked goods in the US, including Wonder Bread, Sunbeam, some Home Pride products and flour.
Margarine and other hydrogenated oils are packed with trans-fatty acids which is a main cause of coronary and heart disease and other chronic illnesses. While substituting butter with margarine was a health fad that plateaued fast.
9. Table Salt
First, let’s clarify a huge misconception. Salt is not equal to Sodium. Salt is a chemical. Salt is man-made. Salt is not a natural element that digests properly or does anything nutritious for our bodies. It is true that our bodies need sodium, but sodium and salt are completely different. Most salts sold in commercial supermarkets contain over 30 synthetic chemicals.
10. Low-Fat & Fat-Free Products
Another health fad that has been scrutinized is the low-fat diet. Low-fat negatively effects our bodies because producers add more sugar and preservatives to keep the full-fat taste. Plus, all fat isn’t scary! People need good fat for many reasons: it helps most organs function correctly, benefits the skin, is needed so your body can absorb the fat soluble vitamins A, S, E, and K, helps produce endorphins, etc.