Are you one of those grocery store shoppers who ponders the long list of product ingredients, thinking, “Umm, if this was really bad for us, the government wouldn’t allow manufacturers to make it or stores to sell it, right?”
Wrong. Over the past 15 years, the majority of substances added to foods have never been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Since 1997, this agency that we depend on to protect our food supply has transferred responsibility for pre-market safety determinations from its own scientists to the food manufacturers themselves. All the more reason to avoid processed foods with those long lists of chemical flavorings, preservatives, texturizers and colorings.
And let’s not forget the sugar – labeled as sucrose, fructose, dextrose, high-fructose corn syrup or corn syrup. Or the artificial sweeteners. Or the fat – partially hydrogenated or fractionated vegetable oils, like palm oil. And the highly processed white flour and other grains. And the GMO soy and corn ingredients. I could go on.
Actually, it’s alarming that all of this stuff is actually passed off as food. Give me a banana any day. I only have to worry about whether it contains pesticide residues…that is, unless, of course, I buy an organic banana. It’s the perfect convenience food.