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The Impact of Chemicals in our Food

So, what do I mean by chemicals in our food? Wow. It’s a big topic and I don’t quite know where to begin, but here goes. It’s not only the ingredients listed in our foods, but it’s also the chemicals used to grow our food and not listed in the ingredients. Listed or not, they all make an impact on the nutrient density of our food and our overall health.

One thing that continues to boggle my mind when it comes to nutrition, people can’t see how the chemically delicious food they put in their bodies is harmful to their health, yet they believe in pills and medications to fix their issues. Whether consumers are turning a blind eye to the real cause of their illness so they can continue to eat buffalo wings, or they’re confused by the food industry and their misleading marketing tactics, something has to change.

The food companies are benefiting from creating cheap, nutrient-sufficient foods, while their loyal consumers suffer from chronic illness being fueled by these chemicals. We’re literally giving our money directly to the source of our illness and food addictions. And we’re doing it over and over again.

According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, “Toxins added to fast foods and processed foods include artificial colors, artificial flavors, preservatives, pesticides, antifoaming agents, emulsifiers, stabilizers, and thickeners.” In addition, “Added toxins also include cleaning chemicals, whitening, chemicals, and packaging components.” In other words, they’re saturating our food and we need to do all we can to educate and protect ourselves from the chemicals we’re consuming.

Artificial Colors

After working with kids, I was amazed at how many clients I had with children impacted by food dyes. Some children weren’t able to have red or blue specifically as they would make them “crazy or angry”. Their parents were adamant on making sure the dyes were out of the house as their son or daughter would literally morph from nice to nasty in no time.

Even The Cleveland Clinic states studies have linked artificial food dyes to:

  • Hyperactivity, including ADHD (Think of how many kids are misdiagnosed with THIS one!)

  • Behavioral changes like irritability and depression (Can also be confused with schizophrenia and/or the child could be placed on anti-depressants.)

  • Hives and asthma (Again, can be resolved by the elimination of food dyes not medication.)

  • Tumor growth (three of the primary food dyes contain benzene, a known cancer-causing substance)

Here’s the problem. Knowing this, you’d think all you have to eliminate is the Gatorade and Froot Loops from the cabinet. However, that’s hardly the case. Take a look below at the FDA’s list of color additives permitted for food in the US. As you can see, this goes way beyond the simple food coloring in Gatorade.

There are nine certified color additives approved by the FDA for use in food:

  • FD&C Blue No. 1

  • Confections, beverages, cereals, frozen dairy desserts, popsicles, frostings & icings

  • FD&C Blue No. 2

  • Baked goods, cereals, snack foods, ice cream, confections, and yogurt

  • FD&C Green No. 3

  • Cereal, ice cream, sherbet, drink mixers, and baked goods

  • Orange B

  • Only approved for use in hot dog and sausage casings

  • Citrus Red No. 2

  • Only approved for use to color orange peels

  • FD&C Red No. 3

  • Confections, beverages, cereals, ice cream cones, frozen dairy desserts, popsicles, frostings & icings

  • FD&C Red No. 40

  • Cereal, beverages, gelatins, puddings, dairy products, and confections

  • FD&C Yellow No. 5

  • Confections, cereals, snack foods, beverages, condiments, baked goods, and yogurt

  • FD&C Yellow No. 6

  • Cereals, snack foods, baked goods, gelatins, beverages, dessert powders, crackers, and sauces

Artificial Flavors

Oxford defines artificial as, “made or produced by human beings rather than occurring naturally, especially as a copy of something natural”. I think that covers it. It’s fake. Therefore, let’s think about it...if it’s not real food, it’s derived from chemicals.

I still cringe at this example, but I was at the grocery store and had to do a double-take at the label on a clear plastic bear with what I assumed to be honey. It said, “honey” in big letters, but in small letters below it stated, “flavored syrup”. I instantly picked it up to read the ingredients,......

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