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Ingredients That can Sabotage Your Waistline and Health

ingredients that can sabotage your waistline and health
It can never stressed enough how important it is that we know exactly what we are eating. With today’s marketing it is so easy to want to what the labels and brightly colored packages of convenience foods say to us, but approach with caution. While a packaged meal may be advertised as healthy, it’s up to you to find out if it really is before you simply buy into a few good words that may or may not be true.

People get very excited when they see that convenience foods are labeled as “healthy” or “low-fat,” (I’ve been guilty about this, too) but some minor research needs to be done before indulging. The following are 3 ingredients that I recommend be avoided as much as possible.

Trans-fats are found in so many foods that you probably eat on a regular basis. Trans-fats can be found in baked goods, microwave popcorn, fast foods, and frozen foods. These items are all convenient, but they’re not worth risking your health for. Trans-fats can cause an increase in bad cholesterol, cancer, and heart disease.

High Fructose Corn Syrup
High fructose corn syrup is an alternative sweetener that can be found in baked goods and beverages to keep them sweet and fresh. High fructose corn syrup has been linked to an increase in heart disease, type-2 diabetes, cancer, and stroke.

MSG (Monosodium Glutamate)
MSG is a flavor enhancer found in chips, frozen entrees, salad dressings, and restaurant meals. MSG can cause headaches and nausea and can also block the absorption of some nutrients.

By avoiding these 3 common ingredients you will not only maintain a healthier heart and trimmer waistline, but you will protect your body from the negative affects they've been shown to have. Remember; convenience isn't always worth the risk to your health.

If you need help developing a nutritional and fitness program that will work for you, feel free to contact me at any time. My number is: 713-562-2474. In the mean time, eat consciously and learn to identify (and avoid) the ingredients listed above.

As always – enjoy your life.

John Aaron Villarreal

Bio: I am a Houston based, male massage therapist and wellness coach specializing in pain management and health programs for individuals over the age of forty. I laugh - a lot. I'm quirky but sincere. And, while I'm not a counselor, I do listen and I do care: Except for the times that I don't. That’s a joke - Did I mention that I like to laugh? Anyway, visit my website, call or email me and let's get together to talk about you, and the many ways to live life better!

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The content and information on this site is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease.
Please consult your physician prior to starting any exercise, diet or wellness program. 


  1. I love the list! I am always looking for new healthy foods to try. Health and Wellness impacting people's lives everyday.

  2. Thanks for the comment Jacob! Feel free to share the info with your patients, too! Looks like you've been in the industry of helping people live better lives for quite some time and I'm always interested in finding another partner in the battle against degeneration, physical pain and disease. Keep up the good fight! :-)


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