Get the latest on which processed food has a few surprises, and learn how to swap-out for more natural, uncontaminated, unprocessed alternatives.
We have all heard about things like bug bodies and hair getting into processed food (for the sake of this discussion, processed food is any food altered from its natural state, i.e.: by machines in some way, either for safety reasons or convenience). What about additives like paint chemicals, flame retardant and fly larvae? Or, flesh-eating bacteria, weed killers, and beaver anal gland juice? How about a little shampoo chemicals, feathers, or cleaning products? UGH!
The government allows for “defect levels” in food processing. This means companies get a pass for “natural or unavoidable defects in foods.” The presumption is that from harvesting to packaging, there are certain things which get into foods which pose no health hazard. And, the government acknowledges there are certain things USED on food to reduce or prevent said defects.
Bugs and hair – ok. Food chemistry – NO!
To that end, the food manufacturers use thousands of concoctions to prevent defects, extend the life of their products or save money in production. If what you eat came from a factory process, chances are there are chemical additives you could do without. There are lots of chemical additives – known as ‘food chemistry’ – which are usually kept pretty hush-hush. Some additives are banned in other countries but allowed in the U.S.
These chemical additives can run the gamut: dyes to make your food look fresher than it truly is, preservatives to make the food last longer on store shelves, flavor enhancers to make your food taste like food without actually including food. Some lab chemicals give a food ‘nutrients’ so the marketing can include “fortified with essential vitamins.” This cocktail of ingredients is usually represented by a label listing a bunch of things you will find hard to pronounce! RUN!
Often, the list includes many similar ingredients such as sweeteners or sodium named different ways. This compounded dose helps bombard your palate with an intense savory or sweet experience to make the food taste super-good.
If you are like me, you prefer to have a limited number of “additives” in your food. That means you have taken to walking the aisles around the outside of the store first (usually where you will find produce, dairy, meats). And, you are choosy about which canned and packaged stuff makes it into your basket!
Visit this blog often and find out the latest on which processed food has a few gross food chemistry surprises. You can also learn how to swap-out for more natural, uncontaminated, unprocessed alternatives.
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Comment below – what are some processed food surprises you’ve uncovered which made you change what you buy?