From CGI member Sonar:
As they say, every cloud has a silver lining. The multi-chemical sensitivity that I've had since I was a young child seems to have protected me from easy acceptance of chemicals added to food. I don't mind if people think I'm weird eating only home cooked food from scratch, except on the rare occasion; it's no doubt helped to reduce the amount of toxic substances going into my body! :-)
2,000 Untested Chemicals Discovered In Packaged Foods
POSTED ON NOVEMBER 24, 2019FOOD FREEDOM (SOURCED FROM COLLECTIVE EVOLUTION)
By Alanna Ketler
The Facts: 2,000 unregulated chemicals are currently being used in many conventional packaged foods across the U.S.
Reflect On: Do you know what you are putting into your body? If you can’t pronounce an ingredient, chances are you shouldn’t be consuming it. Can you limit the amount of processed foods you are consuming or at least avoid cancer-causing chemicals?
A recent report by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) shows that thousands of untested chemicals, approximately 2,000, can be found in a huge variety of conventional processed and packaged foods, which are available for purchase in US supermarkets. You may be surprised to know that these chemicals are legal, based off current chemical regulation laws, or lack thereof in the United States.
Out of the thousands of chemical additives that were discovered, several are known or suspected carcinogens, like synthetic sodium nitrite, which is found in many varieties of processed meats. The World Health Organization considers these probably carcinogenic. Another chemical, butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) is listed by the state of California as a cancer-causing chemical can be found in many items, such as a frozen pepperoni pizza.
Many other alarming chemicals are found in the packaging of the foods themselves, such as polypropylene, sulfuric acid and bisphenol A.
How Concerned Should You Be?
“It really depends on what level of risk consumers are comfortable with,” said Dawn Undurraga, a nutritionist at EWG and co-author of the study. “The more we learn about what is in conventional foods, the more evidence for concern we accumulate.”
If you are consuming a lot of processed foods, then obviously your risk level goes up, but these chemicals are certainly something to be aware of. If you can’t pronounce it on the ingredient list then it’s most likely a good thing to avoid.
Should The Government Take Some Responsibility?
Some consumers just assume that toxic chemicals should be regulated and legally prevented from winding up in our food. Aren’t there government organizations out there with our health and safety in mind? Unfortunately, when it comes to chemical regulation — not just in our food, but also in our health and beauty products, as well as cleaning products, these chemicals simply aren’t regulated. For instance, the European Union has banned nearly 1300 chemicals from cosmetic products, versus only 11 in the United States. This means that manufacturers can use whatever the please, regardless of whether or not it’s gone through any appropriate safety testing.
“Unfortunately, our current policy on food additives was written in 1958 and has been completely co-opted by food and chemical companies,” Undurraga said. “Additives that are deemed ‘Generally Recognized as Safe,’ or GRAS, by a food or chemical company or trade association are exempt from the food additive petition process where the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviews the safety of the additive.”
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