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Yes, you heard me right….with the right anabolic steroids you can grow a chicken in 40 days.  But wait a second….if we consume food that is treated with steroids won’t they affect us as the consumer?  According to information obtained from Cornell University, ” there are six different kinds of steroid hormones that are currently approved by FDA for use in food production in the US: estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, zeranol, trenbolone acetate, and melengestrol acetate. Estradiol and progesterone are natural female sex hormones; testosterone is the natural male sex hormone; zeranol, trenbolone acetate and melengesterol acetate are synthetic growth promoters (hormone-like chemicals that can make animals grow faster).”

The European Union no longer allows the use of these steroids due to concerns that they may pose a risk to pregnant women and children and because of the impact on the environment from the transfer of hormones through animal excrement.  The EU has also banned imports of meat from Canada and the U.S. because of the continued use in animals to promote growth. (Assessment of Potential Risks)

What about the use of pesticides on the food we consume?  There are numerous studies which indicate that pesiticide exposure may contribute to serious health conditions such as breast cancer, non-hodgkins lymphoma, diabetes, and parkinsons disease.

 Check out this preview of the movie, “Food, Inc.,” which discusses how big business is putting profit ahead of safety when it involves our food supply.  You may never look at your food the same way again.

Food, Inc. The Movie

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What’s in your food?

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.

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