Scary Words That Aren’t So Scary

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BOO! Yup, that’s one.

My friend and I were talking the other day and she said “why don’t you do a post on scary words”. “Brilliant”, I said. Because she’s right! There are a lot of words out there that scream “I’m bad”, and “I’m a chemical”, but what lot’s of us don’t know is that a lot of the scary words aren’t scary at all, and most of them we need in our bodies.

I’m starting to understand way more about food labels, and I have my studies to thank for that. A Nutritionist should know how to read food labels right? For now however, I don’t see myself being able to memorize every single kind of ingredient out there, let alone be able to know what it actually is off the top of my head. People say you should be able to pronounce it if you’re going to eat it, but I’m not so sure about that rule. There are tons of words that are easy to pronounce but shouldn’t be eaten and vice versa… So here are a few of the vice versas:

Chromium: If there’s anything our good friend Julia Roberts taught us in Erin Brockovich, it’s that chromium is really bad. Hexavalent chromium is bad… yes. It’s a carcinogen. But the chromium you find in onions, tomatoes, brewer’s yeast, oysters, whole grains, bran cereals, potatoes, beer and wine is good! It supports normal cholesterol levels, and helps maintain normal blood sugar and insulin levels. Our bodies use very little chromium so supplementation is not usually necessary.

Choline: It’s a member of the B vitamin family. We get it from soybeans, egg yolk, most leafy greens and fish, to name a few. It helps our bodies use fat, is important for nerve conduction and the flow of energy within the nervous system.

Xylitol: This is a sugar alcohol from the fibers of fruits and vegetables and it’s used as a sweetener.  Sure, it could be processed as most white sugar is, and it could be derived from GMO corn, but at least now you know it’s not an industrial cleaning product.

Cobalt: Is an essential mineral needed in small amounts. It’s a very important component of vitamin B12 and we get it from meat, clams, oysters, ocean fish and sea vegetables.

Ascorbic acid: This is a component of vitamin C, which is a complex vitamin that includes J factor, P factor and tyrosinase as well as ascorbic acid. Ascorbic acid is the antioxidant that kind of wraps the other parts of the complex together. We need it for cell integrity, healthy blood vessels and wound healing. Everyone knows that the best sources are from citrus fruits, but did you know that red and green peppers, tomatoes and dark leafy greens provide us with tons of it too? Well, they do.

Linolenic acid: What do you think this is? What’s the first thing that came to your mind? Sounds like some kind of plastic to me. Nope! It’s actually referring to the most common dietary Omega 6, the essential fatty acid that we find in fish and nuts. Alpha Linolenic acid is Omega 6’s bff, the most common dietary Omega 3, which we find in nuts and eggs. These are both needed for brain and heart health.

Maybe anything ending in the word acid is scary? We’ll get in to acid and alkaline discussions another day…

What are some other scary words?

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