Thursday, June 5, 2008

Red Dye No. 952 and Other Chemicals

Why is it that everything that tastes good is so bad for us. I wonder why they even allow these chemicals into our food supply if they are known to cause health problems. There was a recent article on MSN about 12 food additives that we should avoid. The big problem is that these additives are in almost everything we eat. Another good reason to stick to the cave man diet. If it has been grown or has walked, it is ok to eat but only if it hasn't been messed around by the food industry and filled with cancer causing crap that make it "taste better" and "last longer." The food will still be good but we'll be dying before its shelf life expires.

If you don't feel like reading the whole article, here is the short list of the things we should avoid:
1. Sodium Nitrate, Sodium Nitrite (shown to promote cancer);
2. BHA and BHT (a/k/a butylated hydroxyanisole and butylated hydrozyttoluene);
3. Propyl Gallate (often used in conjunction with BHA and BHT);
4. Monosodium Glutamate (a/k/a MSG);
5. Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil;
6. Aspartame;
7. Acesulfame-K;
8. Food Colorings: Blue 1, 2; Red 3; Green 3; Yellow 6;
9. Olestra;
10. Potassium Bromate;
11. White Sugar; and
12. Sodium Chloride.

Check your labels and try to avoid these chemicals as much as possible by shopping the parameter of the supermarket. Once you go down the aisles you are in very dangerous territory.

Time to hit the farmers market (no additives there) and enjoy the fresh food of the season. Yum.


  1. i read that too! it was pretty interesting and luckily I avoid most of that.

  2. Good post!

    I cannot wait for more local produce to hit our area. The strawberries should be ready for picking and week now :)


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