Thursday, November 19, 2009

The FDA makes me sick!

And it appears they are trying to make everyone sick. People, we need to wake up and smell the artificially enhanced everything!

It is disgusting to think of what is considered normal in our American Culture. It seems to have become some sort of joke.

It's an attitude of preferred oblivion. "Oh, I know it's bad for me, but everyone eats/drinks it... oh well haha!" Isn't this the type of peer pressure we learned to avoid in our youth?

With so many of our peers, most of our culture to be precise, climbing like sheep on board with what the FDA says is a-okay, we must look elsewhere for nutritional example and guidance. The importance of making informed decisions about these things is crucial.

Did you know that many countries in Europe have banned the use of artificial food coloring? The exact same ones we give our children everyday in so many forms? We must read the labels, because it is in the most unassuming foods.

Do you read ingredient labels? It is sort of like learning a foreign language with all of it's mystery. Shouldn't we know what these things are? I have been dutifully trying to avoid products with certain known harmful ingredients like monosodium glutamate (MSG) only to recently discover that it is also now known by several other names. Have a look here for a list.

Even many so called natural products (for example my former favorite, Lundbergs Rice Chips) contain torula yeast or yeast extract which are excitotoxins equivalent to MSG. No wonder I was addicted to these chips. Those favorite chips and crackers you buy at Costco... you better check the label. Anything you eat that has that wonderful savory flavor that is hard to stop eating, more than likely has MSG or MSG by another name. It is in many many many things.....

I could go on about the dangers of MSG/excitotoxins. Obesity, cancer, brain impairment... There is tons of info on the web.

Back to the whole point of today's entry... I got a little sidetracked. It has been discovered that there is mercury in corn syrup. This is nothing but pure evil. The FDA approves this. "Somethings rotten in Denmark" as my grandmother used to say...

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to STOP buying products with high fructose corn syrup. This would be a good place to start. Absolutely no one needs this stuff to survive. Indeed, quite the opposite is true. (more missions to follow... stay tuned!)

And, like Michael Pollan says, "If you are concerned about your health, you should probably avoid products that make health claims. Why? Because a health claim on a food product is a strong indication it's not really food, and food is what you want to eat."

1 comment:

  1. i love your blog corena, we are definitely on the same page!! first, thanks for dinner last night, you are such a good friend! second, i completely agree, and it is such a challenge for the average person to obtain food, esp. not having a farm & those resources available at my doorstep, it seems next to impossible to feed my family a natural diet without massive effort & yet it is so important both for me and my boys. it's something i think about daily & wish more people were aware of.