Giant food corporations have one mission: huge profits to “satisfy consumer demand”.
A funny and awful thing happens when the goal is strictly financial – ethics often fly out the window. Somehow, when large sums of money are involved, consumer safety is often over-looked. It’s almost as if keeping consumers ignorant of potentially harmful ingredients becomes intentional in order to secure sales. Information about the presence of known and proven cancer-causing chemicals found in popular food products is an example.
Here are ten things food corporations don’t really want you to know.
- The ingredients listed on the label aren’t the only things in the food. Cancer causing chemicals used in the heat processing, solvents, pesticides and other chemicals may also be present.
- Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is added to thousands of food and grocery products and cleverly renamed as innocent sounding ingredients, like “flavoring” or “seasoning”. MSG is known to imbalance endocrine system function, disabling normal appetite regulation and encouraging consumers to eat more food, thereby contributing to obesity…not to mention its neurotoxic effects on the brain. MSG is routinely hidden in foods in these ingredients: yeast extract, hydrolyzed vegetable protein and autolyzed yeast. Even vegetarian foods such as veggie burgers can have MSG, labeled in a mischievous way.
- ADHD in children (according to Mike Adams) is highly linked to the consumption of processed foods such as artificial colors and refined carbohydrates.
- The chemical sweetener, aspartame, when exposed to warm temperatures (like in your stomach), begins to break down into chemicals like formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a potent nerve toxin and causes damage to the brain and entire nervous system. Aspartame has been linked to seizures, blurred vision and many other nervous system problems.
- Most food dips are made with hydrogenated oils and MSG. Many guacamole dips don’t even contain avocados.
- Some plastic food packaging containing BPA’s is a potential health hazard. Cooking in plastic containers multiplies the level of exposure. Bisphenol is a hormone disruptor and can be involved in hormone related cancers such as prostate and breast cancer.
- Milk produced in the USA comes from cows injected with synthetic hormones that have been banned in other countries.
- Most grocery products that make loud health claims on their packaging (like meal replacement shakes, instant chocolate milk, etc) aren’t very effective. The most nutritious foods out there are actually those that are rarely advertised – have you ever seen an ad for broccoli, kale or spinach?
- Food manufacturers actually “buy” shelf space and position at the grocery store. That’s why the most profitable foods are the most visible on the aisle end caps, checkout lanes and eye level shelves throughout the store.
- The effect of all this advertising and misrepresentation of food and food values often provides in store visibility to the very foods and beverages that promote obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and other degenerative conditions.
And now with the growing awareness and campaign platforms and bills surrounding Genetically Modified foods (GMO), we have a whole other arena to fight in when it comes to our most natural and inherent right – the access to healthy foods, free from harmful ingredients OR at least the choice to be able to decide for ourselves whether we want to consume these foods through proper, truthful labeling. The vote in Washington this November is still being counted in regards to the “Yes on 522” campaign which calls for clear labeling of GM foods and ingredients on all food stuffs, labels and packaging.
To find out more about this very important new chapter in food safety and consumer awareness visit http://yeson522.com/ and share the issues on your favorite social media outlet.