I try to provide my family with healthy nutritious food. I mostly buy organic foods and avoid refined and processed foods. I also have a garden which provides some of our produce and am working on planting more fruit trees. However, with the cost of groceries it can be a real struggle for many people and I am not surprised that people find it difficult to eat healthy. What really offends me is that the food manufacturers along with the FDA prey on low income families by providing lower cost food items which are lased with so many chemicals.
It is estimated that there are over 3000 different food additives. Although, all additives are tested they are not necessarily safe for consumption. For example, Butylated hydroxyanisole or BHA is considered an antioxidant and is commonly added to foods such as cereals and breads. The FDA lists Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA)as safe for human consumption while the National Institutes of Health list BHA as a known carcinogen and states, “is reasonably anticipated to be a
human carcinogen based on sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in
experimental animals (IARC 1986, 1987).”
And what about Monosodium glutamate (MSG)which is used as a flavor enhancer in foods? Once added primarily in Asian food it has enveloped almost the entire food market. The health effects of MSG are numerous and include an increase in free radicals, headaches, weight gain leading to insulin resistance, coronary artery disease, strokes, heart attacks, glaucoma and endocrine disruption. These are just some of the health concerns related to MSG.
I could go on all day about how these industries are polluting our children and destroying our health. I am a fanatic label reader so it takes me a while to do my shopping especially if I am incorporating something new.
I am not writing this article to be an alarmist and to scare people, but I just want to let people know what these chemicals are doing to our bodies. So, try to stick to organic whole foods whenever possible along with meats which have no been polluted with antibiotics and steroids. Whole foods are foods that are eaten the way they are found in nature. Try an apple instead of an apple turnover, some broccoli instead of broccoli in cheese sauce. You may end up spending a little more money, but you can think of it as investment in your health.