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Chemicals in Food

Chemicals.  They are everywhere today.  We cannot escape them.  But I often wonder why is it even acceptable for chemicals to be in our food supply?  A few articles have come out in the past week which make me ill, such as allowable limits of arsenic in chicken and tartrazine (which is made from coal-tar derivatives) in our pickles jars (I have included both articles below). Why is this acceptable, and why do we continue to consume these chemicals?  Could it be because the general public does not know what the ingredients listed on our food labels actually mean or how they can negatively effect their health? If you have seen the following on your labels, you would be best to avoid them: Allura (red dye), Amaranth, Aspartame, Benzoic acid, Butylated Hydroxy, Calcium benzoate, Calcium sulphite, Monosodium glutamate (MSG), Potassium benozoate, Potassium nitrate, Sodium sulphite, Sulphur dioxide, Tartrazine (yellow dye) to name a few.

Chemicals are purposely added to food to change its color, preserve it, prevent rancidity, keep fats emulsified, and keep foods stable.  They can be found in soda, pre-packaged baked treats, sauces, cereals, soups, meat and meat products, canned food, fruit juice, alcohol, candy and fast foods.  Most of these added chemicals are synthetic compounds with known negative health effects.   Not only should we all avoid these chemicals, but parents should be reading labels to ensure that their children are not ingesting them as well.  These added chemicals can cause numerous side effects including, hyperactivity, asthma, nausea, hives, headaches, low blood pressure and allergies, just to name a few.  Asthma sufferers should avoid these foods especially, as they can trigger symptoms.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/034330_pickles_food_coloring_ingredients.html#ixzz1fn8yptoT and http://www.naturalnews.com/032659_arsenic_chicken.html

So how do we easily avoid these chemicals? Choose fresh products.  Make your own fresh snacks and choose organic foods when available.  It’s amazing how fast your energy levels will increase eating fresh ingredients, and your body will thank you.
Since adopting a healthier diet and slowing increasing my intake of raw foods, and totally eliminating these chemicals from my routine, I have noticed a huge difference in my life.  I have more energy, I no longer have mid-afternoon crashes, I have lost some weight, my sleep has improved greatly (I used to have insomnia), my attitude towards life has done a one eighty and now I am on track to teach and empower others to join me in living a healthier lifestyle.
Share this with friends, especially if they have children, and remember to read labels!