Food. I've been avoiding the one big post I truly need to do on food for quite some time now, considering I have so much to say and I'm not one to skimp on resources or information to back my claims up. Though I've been hinting at food issues with some of my posts, (including a self-sustainable town in Britain growing their own organic produce, a public school growing their own organic produce, the FDA approving cloned meat, & one on tomatoes/blood pressure) there's always room for more !
This article concerns labels sporting the statement "for added freshness". If you don't already know what that means or where this is headed, just try to imagine what that could possibly mean. What do you add to a product that makes it 'more fresh'? If your bananas go bad, what do you put on them to reverse their rotting ? Unless I'm missing something here, the answer is nothing. So whatever is added into foods for 'added freshness' would be some unnatural chemical by my guess.. and such it is. Many of these chemicals are so unheard of to us, they are practically foreign in nature.
I'll be focusing on two specific additives in this post, BHA & BHT (butylated hydroxyanisole and butylated hydroxytoluene). Please know that there are many more additives than the two included in this article. I will include a link detailing other food additives at the end of this post. Now, as previously stated BHA & BHT are not naturally occuring chemicals, but are chemicals induced by man to increase the shelf life of foods, subsequently increasing profits. Not much different from the use of sodium nitrite/nitrate by the meat industry to keep meat (looking) fresh to increase profits. In both instances, these man-made chemicals have been proven to have detrimental effects on human health, have been approved by the FDA and are continually placed in our food without being listed on the ingredients (in the US). Both BHA & BHT are toxic to the liver and kidneys. If you aren't convinced between your common sense, the information provided in this article and your own research, consider these points.
- BHT is banned in England
- BHA has been banned in Japan
- BHA is listed as a carcinogen by the state of California
- BHA & BHT are toxic to the liver and kidneys
It's reached a stage where you have to wonder if the tomatoes don't look at the ketchup and say "What the hell are you?" You can see a similar scene illustrated in the comic below.
Why do food additives get a separate card to play? If you ask me, it's money making. They know the average person will fall for the trap of 'added freshness' without doing much research to see exactly how that is achieved. But by reading this, you are already one step ahead. If you already knew, great. Don't fund their tyranny. If you didn't know, now you do. Another step besides not lining the pockets of these companies drugging you with their treacherous synthetic chemicals would be to contact the FDA & demand that these additives are properly labeled so that we all know exactly what we're consuming. If you're out in public & don't know what's in the food.. either ask or don't eat it! We, the US, can be the next country to ban these chemicals, & at the very least, label them so that they can be avoided.
We can begin to move away from food whose labels should probably look a lot more like this.
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Other articles on this topic:
Food Additives To Avoid (Every one)
More Food Additives To Avoid
Allegedly Cancer Causing Food Additives
The Evil Palm Oil