Palm Oil
Corn, soybean, or palm oil is blasted with hydrogen and turned into a solid, it becomes a trans fat. These oils help packaged foods stay “fresh,” meaning that the food can sit on the supermarket shelf for years without ever getting stale or rotting. Eating junk food with trans fats raises your “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides and lowers your “good” HDL.

Shortening
Shortening or partially hydrogenated oil as an ingredient, since these are also evil trans fats. In addition to clogging your arteries and causing obesity, they also increase your risk of metabolic syndrome. Choose olive, peanut and coconut oils and foods that contain unsaturated omega-3 fatty acids instead.

‘White’ Processed Foods
Replace processed grains with whole grains, like brown or wild rice, whole-wheat breads and pastas, barley, and oatmeal.

Corn Syrup
HFCS-It increases triglycerides, boosts fat-storing hormones, and drives people to overeat and gain weight. Steer clear of this always.

Artificial Sweeteners
Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal), saccharin (Sweet’N Low, SugarTwin), Maltodextrin and sucralose (Splenda) may be even harder on our metabolic systems than plain old sugar. Do more harm than good.

Sodium Benzoate And Potassium Benzoate
These preservatives are sometimes added to soda to prevent mold from growing, but benzene is a known carcinogen that is also linked with serious thyroid damage. Dangerous levels of benzene can build up when plastic bottles of soda are exposed to heat or when the preservatives are combined with ascorbic acid (vitamin C). Don’t risk it, people.

Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)
BHA is another potentially cancer-causing preservative, but it has been deemed safe by the FDA. Its job is to help prevent spoilage and food poisoning, but it’s a major endocrine disruptor and can seriously mess with your hormones.

Sodium Nitrates And Sodium Nitrites
These two preservatives are found in processed meats like bacon, lunch meat, and hot dogs. They’re some of the worst offenders, and they’re believed to cause colon cancer and metabolic syndrome, which can lead to diabetes. Protect yourself by always choosing fresh, organic meats.

Blue, Green, Red, And Yellow
The artificial colours blue 1 and 2, green 3, red 3, and yellow 6 have been linked to thyroid, adrenal, bladder, kidney, and brain cancers.

MSG
Monosodium glutamate is a processed “flavor enhancer.” While glutamates are present in some natural foods, such as meat and cheese, the ones exploited by the processed-foods interfere with brain chemistry.