June 2, 2013
|Source: Hungry for Change.|
Sweeteners, colours, emulsifiers, thickeners, antioxidants, stabilisers, gelling agents, anticaking agents, acids, flavour enhancers, preservatives and on and on. What is this? Food? Or biofuel?
You guessed it right! It is the food in your basket! The list of artificial additives contained in any food item found on the shelves at any grocery store is endless.
The label of ingredients on the food package looks more like the composition for rocket fuel rather than food.
It goes to show you that chemists have been very busy working to find the right chemicals for the right companies so that they get their right monthly salary to design the right ingredients that are added to the food that is way far from right for you.
Not even the food labelled with the sticker "No Preservatives" or "Ecologic/Organic" can be trusted, for it is usually wrapped in plastic, which to make it flexible it has been added to a bunch of chemicals that are not right for you, especially the phthalates (phthalate esters/esters of phthalic acid). The plastic also has antifogging agents.
The European Union has its own set of chemicals that are allowed to pump into the food we eat. Most of them have not been checked as to what effect they have on human beings. It is too expensive to do this job. It is said that they have more than 10.000 artificial additives on the waiting list to be analised.
Should you be interested in finding out what goes into your food, we recommend you to read the following document: LIST OF ADDITIVES CURRENTLY PERMITTED IN FOOD IN THE EUROPEAN UNION AND THEIR E NUMBERS.
Statham B. (2007). What´s Really in your Basket? An easy-to-use Guide to Food Additives and Cosmetic Engredients. Summersdale Publishers Ltd.., Chichester, UK. 256 p.
Winter S. (2009). A Consumer´s Dictionary of Food Additves: Description in Plain English of More Than 12,000 Ingredients Both Harmful and Desirable Found in Foods. 7th Edition. Crown Publishing Griup, New York, NY, USA. 595 p.