What hidden additives are in your food? Ever wonder what keep items in your pantry and refrigerator from spoiling - even months or years after their expiration date?
A recent article in WebMD addressed this concern. The article provided valuable insight into the modern system of food manufacturing in the U.S. and answered lots of questions about hidden additives. More importantly, more questions are now being asked!
The WebMD article, highlighted the efforts of Melanie Warner, author of Pandora’s Lunchbox; How Processed Foods Took Over the American Diet. Ms. Warner claims, ‘much of what we now eat is not so much as cooked as it is engineered into finely-tuned, nutrient-deficient creations of science.”
So…this begs the question…what are we actually eating?
What's hiding in all those packages - what have food manufacturers added - to the foods we bring home to feed our family?
Food additives are NOT all regulated by the FDA. Some additives are privately tested and generally recognized as safe (aka: GRAS). See more below.
Are all food additives bad? And, are they always hidden additives? Watch the video below.
Although not all additives are considered bad. But, interestingly, some experts claim the most dangerous additive in our food today is SUGAR !!
Regarding the claim that not all additives are regulated by the FDA...
According to current federal law and regulations, any substance that is “Generally Recognized As Safe” (GRAS) for a particular use may be used in food for that purpose without pre-market approval from FDA. General recognition of safety(i.e., a GRAS determination) must reflect the views of experts qualified by scientifictraining and experience to evaluate the safety of substances directly or indirectly added to food. Those expert views must be based on “scientific procedures,” supplemented in the case of substances used in food prior to 1958 by experience based on common use in food. According to the Code of Federal Regulations, the term “safe” means that there is reasonable certainty in the minds of competent scientists that a substance is not harmful under intended conditions of use (CFR, 2007).
Learn more about the FDA, food additives and GRAS.
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There appears to be lots of room for more research because with so many additives, research is lacking. In addition, long term studies are needed to determine the cumulative effect of additives in our bodies.
Back in the 80’s, I heard a health expert claim that he was alarmed by the amount of processed foods appearing on our grocery store shelves. That was 30 years ago.
Today, we only have to look in our own pantry and open our refrigerator to understand that our diets consist largely of processed foods.
This is why it’s especially important to understand what is actually in those processed foods, so that, when we read labels (and we all should be!) we can make healthy choices.
I urge you to investigate Melanie Warner’s book, “Pandora’s Lunchbox; How Processed Foods Took Over the American Diet.” I’m personally buying my copy today!
Since we ARE what we eat, as consumers, we need to know what’s hiding in our food; what we’re buying and what we're actually putting in our body - so we know what we’re dealing with!
More to come.
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