There are some ingredients that we should avoid, and others that we shouldn't. Sometimes, certain ingredients are demonized when they shouldn't be. Here is a list of five demonized ingredients that we should not be turned off to:



Some people say that, health-wise, a vegetarian diet immediately trumps a meat-eater's diet. However, if someone uses meat to prepare a dish, that doesn't mean that you should freak out and think that person is poisoning you. For example, let's say that you are eating a dish with small strips of lean meat thrown in. Eating such a dish isn't the same as eating big, fatty, triple-decker hamburgers for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for an extended amount of time. Foods are generally okay in moderation, and it really depends on the quality of the foods.


Meat is a good way to quickly get all of the amino acids and proteins that we need. Few plant products, if any, give us a complete set of proteins and amino acids. If you eat meat, you are getting everything all in one sitting. Of course, some people are ethically opposed to eating meat, and choose to be vegetarians. There is nothing wrong with this, though people who go down that path have to be creative and plan out how they are going to consume the correct proteins and amino acids without going overboard on other nutrients.


Food Additives

Each food additive is different, and there are some that deserve your concern. For example, many have doubts about carrageenan, but it is not one you need to worry about. It is derived from Irish Moss, a type of red seaweed that is traditionally used in cuisine from the British Isles. People have been consuming this substance for centuries. It is not just some weird chemical that was created in lab yesterday. Some researchers have claimed that it is carcinogenic and that it causes tumors—particularly in the digestive tract. The research that has led to this conclusion rests on shaky grounds. Other research has found that it doesn't harm the body at all. It can actually have beneficial effects on the immune system.



Yes, salt can be a problem. If you eat too much of it, it can do crazy things to your heart and blood pressure. However, human beings need salt in moderation. We should not entirely avoid salt. It helps to relax and contract muscle fibers, like those in the heart. It also helps to transmit nerve impulses. Iodized salt provides a very important nutrient—iodine. Of course, you have to really be careful how much salt you consume, but putting a little pinch of salt here and there is not a completely bad idea once in awhile.


Oils and Fats

Some people equate oils in foods with unhealthiness and getting fat. The fact that the word “fat” is the same word used to describe people who are overweight in an unhealthy or unattractive context does not help to change people's ideas. Our bodies actually need to consume dietary fat. Dietary fat is highly important for healthy skin and hair. It also helps to absorb vitamins K, A, E and D. When you consume dietary fats, your body is taking in crucial fatty acids such as linoleic acid and linoleic. Our bodies need these fatty acids to control inflammation, blood clotting, and brain development. Think about this the next time you associate dietary fats with the image of an unhealthy, morbidly obese person.


Non-Organic Ingredients

In this day and age, people think that foods labeled “organic” are automatically healthier. The “organic” label is not perfect because it is based on standards and regulations set by human beings, and these standards and regulations may be flawed be have subject to loopholes. For example, farmers who grow food organically are prohibited from using artificial pesticides, though they may still use pesticides that fall under the categorization of not being “artificial.” Just because a chemical is naturally derived from something in nature, that doesn't mean that it is healthier for people or better for the environment. Another thing to think about is the fact there are some situations where, in supermarkets, employees may pull a quick one by putting “organic” stickers on non-organic ingredients.

Author's Bio: 

Jeremy Sutter is a freelance writer from the Seattle, Washington area. He loves everything to do with small businesses and is a marketing and growth consultant for many start-ups. His favorite days are when he can ride his bike to a local coffee shop to write or just walk his dogs for inspiration.