11 Everyday Products Hiding Unpleasant Surprises

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8. Rice

Rice grows in flooded fields and gets enriched with inorganic arsenic that’s washed out of the soil. If you consume rice on a regular basis, you increase your chances of getting diabetes, developmental disorders, nervous system diseases, and even lung and bladder cancer.

Scientists from Queen’s University of Belfast conducted several experiments with rice cooking and found a way to make it harmless. If you leave rice in water overnight, the arsenic concentration will be reduced by 80%.

7. Yogurt

Yogurts from supermarkets contain preservatives, thickeners, aromatizers, and other “healthy” components and they don’t really look like classic yogurts made of milk with lactic acid bacteria.

The main dangers are sugar and milk fat. It’s recommended to consume no more than 6 tsp of sugar per day. And 4 oz (100 gr) of yogurt can contain 3 tsp! Side effects are the following: obesity, risk of getting diabetes, and a weakened pancreas. The average yogurts are rather fatty (starting from 2.5%) and they increase the cholesterol levels which can cause a stroke or a heart attack.

Natural yogurts are really good for our body and it’s easy to prepare them. You’ll only need milk and dry yeast. You can also add fruit and honey to make your yogurt even tastier.

6. Hot dogs and processed meat

If supermarket hot dogs that you buy consist of 50% meat, you’re the lucky one. As a rule, they’re usually only 10-15% meat. Other ingredients include bone meal, cartilage, skin, vegetable and animal fats, starch, soy protein, and salt. And you’ll never know whether this soy is genetically modified or not.

Thickeners, dyes, preservatives, and flavor enhancers are usually added as well. These supplements pile up in our body, destroy our immune system, cause allergies, and even cause serious diseases like pancreatic cancer. Hot dogs and sausages are bad for kids: their digestive systems are unable to process these complex chemical compounds.

Scientists from the University of Glasgow claim that, based on research of 260,000 women, consumption of minimal amounts of processed meat may increase the risk of breast cancer.

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