It's Natural, It's Organic and It's Disgusting –
Is It Even Safe – Food Mislabeling
Food mislabeling is rampant. The sad truth is many people are fooled by deceptive labeling in the food and personal care industry. I have been told multiple times by uninformed people that they use all natural and organic foods and products so they are good. Sadly, nothing could be further from the truth.
Natural and Organic Are Not Defined Terms
The words “natural” and “organic” have no defined meaning by any regulatory or government agency that I am aware of. They are strictly defined by the marketing department of the company using them.
An example of food mislabeling comes from the use of the word “natural flavoring”. Ahha so you might think that if it is natural it must be good right? Wrong! Well it could be natural and disgusting. In many foods, especially vanilla, strawberry and raspberry ice cream, natural flavoring refers to a substance called “castoreum”. So you might thank that sounds ok!
Beaver Butt In My Ice Cream?
Now what if I told you that castoreum is a slimy brown substance secreted by a gland in the anus of a beaver and is used to mark its territory. Would you believe me? Well it is true.
Foods that contain castoreum include Raspberry flavored candy, strawberry/vanilla / raspberry ice-cream. It’s also used in alcoholic beverages, baked goods, gelatin, pudding, soft candy, frozen dairy, hard candy and chewing gum.
This is unfortunately only the beginning. For example “natural contaminants” generally means rodent parts such as rodent hair which is found primarily in boxed macaroni and cheese and peanut butter.
Human Hair From Barber Shop Floors in China?
What do McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts and Burger King all have in common? Besides being extremely unhealthy, they all use L-cysteine as a food additive. This amino acid extends the shelf life of products like bread. It is usually found in cow horns, chicken and duck feathers. Unfortunately, most of the L-cysteine that is used in food does not come from either of those ingredients. It comes from China, where it’s harvested from human hair found in barbershops and hair salons.
So the next time you order a quarter pounder with cheese just know that you are eating human hair from the floor of a barber shop in China. Ugh! Sorry that make me ill just thinking about it.
What's The Solution?
There really is only one solution and that is to go organic as much as possible. The food industry has been self-regulated since the 1930's and clearly cannot be trusted to keep the best interests of their customers in mind. This blog post doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of the contaminants in food. Also the chemical in personal care products such as shampoo and toothpaste are outrageous.
We, as a society, are simply and tragically overexposed. The food and personal care industry is conducting the biggest experiment ever done in human history and you are the guinea pig.
It begins in the womb
Sadly it begins before birth. Recently, 10 unborn babies were tested for toxic chemicals while in the womb. There was an average of 100 toxic chemicals found in each fetus. They all tested positive for the chemicals that were in the mother’s blood stream.
We Are Overexposed
That is the sad reality! We are overexposed to toxic chemicals. The manufacturers argue that the amounts are so small as to be meaningless and not harmful. I will give them that on a single isolated basis . If we were exposed to one product perhaps once a day, maybe our bodies could handle it but we are not. We are exposed to 100’s of products multiple times each day and each one has its own small amount of toxins. So the effect is cumulative. The average person absorbs between 100 and 200 toxic chemicals everyday before 9:00 AM. We are being poisoned slowly by our government, our food and beauty industry and our industrial strength cleaning products. See for example “The Glyphosate Debacle – Weed killer in my cereal”
Toxins And Our Environment
Since 1985, over 20,000 new chemicals have been introduced and are soaking our environment, our children and you. And yes! the FDA and EPA allow it. These industries are, to a great extent, unregulated. To learn more about toxins in your home and body and your children, check out The Toxic Truth. The magnitude of the problem will astound you. I further suggest you check into The Silent Soak and download the free e-book that explains 10 simple shifts you can make to protect your kiddos and other family members.
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