These Junk Food Ingredients Kill Brain Cells (Avoid as much as possible)

I can't stand when the consumer doesn't get to know what is in their food and there are certain things like excitotoxins can be added into food and it never has to be disclosed on a label so what I wanted to do is in this video describe what to look for what sort of mimics or is similar to MSG right because I'm not saying MSG is the worst thing in the world okay the research really is conflicting but I know that a lot of people try to avoid MSG and if they saw MSG on a label they would say oh I'm not going to buy that and that's absolutely your prerogative okay I personally don't like to consume MSG I feel weird when I consume it maybe that's just me but bottom line is that there are other things in foods that are acting upon the same pathway that have different names so I'm going to explain what they are but I also want to explain the mechanism and what's happening with an excitatory neurotoxin hey after this video I want you to check out Thrive Market they're an online 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basically your neurons it can affect your brain chemistry a little bit now let's put that aside for one second and let's just talk about hyper palatability hyper palatability as a blanket thing is not good because it's triggering you to eat more okay that's the idea behind to these things they make food taste better they enhance the taste but they also in the world of processed foods encourage you to just eat more and we know that that is ultimately what they're after right just want you to eat more of these Foods I think anyway let's just not go down that rabbit hole here's what's happening inside your body with them when you consume these excitotoxins it can over stimulate the neurons in our brain so it stimulates what is called n methyl diaspartate nmda okay and this ultimately what is happening is you're having this massive influx of calcium coming into a neuron okay this influx of calcium is going to trigger what's called a depolarization and that triggers an action potential so an action potential is the beginning of a nerve signal to do something but an excitotoxin is basically stimulating a nerve response or a neuron response and an action potential for a lack of a better term nothing it's like undesired or not asking it so the brain is like kind of having these like miniature fireworks if I can give it analogy the brain's just kind of pop pop pop pop when you're having this hyper sweet or hyper palatable food with extra Umami because these excitotoxins additionally when you have this process happen you also have nitric oxide synthase which is produced okay triggering more nitric oxide which can be a free radical and can trigger some additional damage there too so we have to be careful there so what are we looking for well obviously glutamate monosodium glutamate but another one simple natural flavors I know that's no blanket to say but it's scary because natural flavors you could have 150 literally what are called incidental additives which means that it could be any one of 150 things that are thrown in and still just follow under the blanket term natural flavors okay so that means that excitotoxins can be added in they can be additives but they just fall under the blanket category of natural flavors that being said there's some natural flavors that are perfectly fine that are fine totally good but they fall under the same blanket category story as ones that are also terrible okay yeast extract is another one you really want to watch out for now yeast extract will make its way into foods that are even decent Foods otherwise right it's not a terrible thing for you metabolically but yeast extract is still one of these hyper palatable things triggering that Umami effect being an excitotoxin triggering the brain in that response okay now additionally things like sodium caseinate which fortunately we don't see as much now but you'll see that in a lot of refrigerated foods like perishable foods again it's there just to add as an additional Umami Factor autoized protein this one frustrates me because some people look at that and say oh it's additional Protein that's added in it's fortified no it is a protein it is an amino agglutamate it is autolized protein and it is still having that same effect on your taste buds and that same effect as an excitatory neurotoxin now additionally I'm going to jump over and talk about something that isn't necessarily made in a lab or isn't a chemical okay domoic acid which is shellfish is also an excitotoxin doesn't mean that you can never eat shellfish I recommend it it's a tremendous protein Source but my point in saying that is that it's not all is this like agenda to create terrible things that are excitotoxins they're naturally occurring too but they have an effect on how we eat and what we want to consume okay so we're looking at the big picture here now when we look at the research there are quite a few Bodies of Evidence that show in my petri dish studies when you're looking at the brain you're looking at brain cultures these kinds of excitotoxins can trigger potentially even cell death okay but that is not an accurate comparison we cannot say oh in a in a Petri dish the brain cells die so that means when we consume this our brain cells are going to die no we have a blood-brain barrier that protects us okay but we just don't know the limitations okay sometimes the blood-brain barrier will protect us from certain size proteins and things like that and we have regions of the hypothalamus that have a smaller weaker blood-brain barrier it's not as robust so we could potentially have these things that can pass through and then get into areas like the suprachiasmatic nucleus and potentially affect circadian rhythm and all of that so when we look at the big picture excitotoxins are something that we should really avoid I'm going to recap again we have autolized protein we have monosodium glutamate we have yeast extract we have natural flavors we have sodium caseinate we have domoic acid and then of course we have more blanket one aspartame that we should probably be paying attention to a little bit as well so as always keep it locked in here on my channel I'll see you tomorrow sorry about the leaf blower bye

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