by Taetske | 11:06 am
(Last Updated On: October 8, 2018)

Be informed about the dangers in your food

 

macaroni and cheese

Macaroni and Cheese

The power of commercials

In our modern world, we are often fooled by the pretty pictures of food or of happy people eating food. In general, those pictures make our mouth water as that is what these pictures are supposed to do. By the next possibility, being it shopping in the supermarket or going to a fast food place we have this picture engraved in our brain and buy it or immediately go and eat it.
Let’s face it, we are being brainwashed by commercials completely forgetting what we are putting into our mouth.

In our modern world we are often fooled thinking we are eating healthy things but most of the times this is not true. Man-made foods are often made up of unbelievable ingredients of which we cannot pronounce the name and have never heard of before. Have you heard of Phthalate? Hard to pronounce right? And it is even harder to digest. I will try to explain and keep it as simple as possible.

 

cheese production

Cheese Production

Certain foods contain plastics

Phthalates are esters of phthalic acid and are used as plasticizers. To make plastics more flexible, transparent and more durable this is added. It is used in a big variety of products and one of the bad things is that it will find its way into our environment. People even seem to have metabolites of multiple phthalates in their urine. It is said that our diet carries part of the blame as fatty foods like milk, butter and meats are a major source.

Plastics in your food? Well, it seems so. Rodents which were exposed to high doses of it showed hormone level changes and it even caused birth defects. There seems to be a relationship between obesity, endocrine disruption, and metabolic interference.

 

blue cheese and figs

Blue cheese and Figs

 

We should take a closer look at the food we are eating which might contain certain levels of plastic. Not a very appetizing idea I must say. Do you also like Macaroni and cheese? I think there will be few people who will say no. I grew up in Holland and my dear Mother would sometimes make it as a treat and I would love it.

This dish from our childhood is not the same anymore as one ingredient, cheese, nowadays, might have phthalates in it.  The Coalition for Safer Food Processing and Packaging have been doing a test. They went shopping for 10 different varieties of macaroni and cheese, these products were made with cheese powder. Then they also bought 5 different types of sliced and processed cheeses and then on top some 15 different natural kinds of cheese like hard, shredded, string and cottage. This whole lot was shipped off to VITO ( the Flemish Institue for Technological Research) The results were not encouraging at all, in the natural cheeses were even higher levels of phthalates than in the processed ones.

Conclusion

You may now ask how serious is all this. I think it is very serious. You might not eat macaroni with cheese every day and perhaps neither once a week. Still, if you should eat it lets say once a month it accumulates and together with all the other dangerous and bad things floating around in our modern world it adds to the list of health hazards. Every day this list gets longer and there are things we cannot avoid. At least with food, we have the possibility to eat or not eat it and look for healthier options.

 

Source: NaturalHealth365

Photo Source: Pixabay

Comments

Taq'uee

Whoa! That is a very scary thought and motivation to start paying more attention to what I am putting into my body.

Aug 03.2017 | 05:36 pm

    Taetske

    Good evening Taq’uee,

    That is definitely a good idea as the food we put into our mouth has long-lasting effects on our health.
    The more we turn away from nature the higher price we will pay. Nature provides nearly everything we need to stay healthy but we humans always think we can do better and try to “improve”. Thank you for your visit, I hope to see you again.

    Regards, Taetske

    Aug 03.2017 | 07:07 pm

Daniel

This should read every person in the world. We really don’t know what we eat although sometimes we think that we eat something healthy. Processed food is on every corner and waiting for us. Why is so many obese people in the world? Instead of exercising we run to buy some corn flakes for weight loss which is full of sugar. Very informative article which is a sad truth.

Oct 08.2018 | 11:02 am

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Daniel,

    Thank you for your comment and you are right. Processed food should be given the blame for our unhealthy society. We have part of this blame as we make unhealthy foods. The best thing one should do is go back to nature and eat natural things which are grown in a clean environment.

    One should read the label of products one buys. Natural things do not need labels. When you do not understand what the things are on the label it is best to leave it standing on the shelf of the supermarket.

    Regards, Taetske

    Oct 08.2018 | 02:27 pm

Emmanuel Buysse

This post is of conscience because well as you say it, most of the time we do not know what we really eating, and knowing this ingredient that you mention, very few people know about it including me. Thank you for making this kind of post, from now and on I will surely pay more attention in what I buy and eat.

Thanks.

Oct 08.2018 | 11:04 am

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Emmanuel,

    Thank you for visiting my website.

    It is very important to know what we put into our system. You would not want to drive your car with the wrong petrol. The food we eat has a big impact on our health, short, medium, and long-term.

    All the nasty stuff accumulates in our body and will cause serious ailments in years to come. Often we have no say on the air we breathe nor the water we drink. The food we put into our mouth is our decision.

    Regards, Taetske

    Oct 08.2018 | 02:49 pm

Brian

You know I just never really think, as most people do, what is truly in the food that we eat. Worse still, you don’t think about the consequences of what some of the things in the food we eat, can do to us. I never really heard of phthalate before until I read this article and it just blew my mind that this is also used to make plastics! It makes you wonder what other hidden dangers are in the foods we eat. I’ve pretty much stopped eating macaroni and cheese mainly because of the diet I’m on, but this is now another big reason not to eat it anymore. Do you maybe know when it was decided to put phthalate in foods?

Oct 08.2018 | 11:09 am

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Brian,

    Thank you for your comment on my post. You tell me you are on a diet. If you allow my opinion try and eat as close to nature as possible. Do not eat man-made foods and neither drink soft drinks of any kind. Too much sugar, salt, and unhealthy fats. Even the so-called light or 0 drinks one can buy nowadays contain Aspartame, very bad for your health and it makes you put on weight.

    I do not know when Phthalates was put in the food, I suppose it was a kind of evolution. The more man-made foods appeared on the market the more plastic, additives, artificial taste intensifiers etc and etc were put in.

    I do know that Phthalates appeared in the 1920s and you will find it in shampoos, conditioners, house dust, wall coverings, and the list goes on. As we are surrounded by it makes it even more important to take care of what we eat.

    Regards, Taetske

    Oct 08.2018 | 02:44 pm

Steve Crozza

What a horrible thought, eating plastic! Wow, and I love cheese, mainly because as a child my father worked for a cheese maker. I still like cheese to this day, until now I guess!

This is something I did not know about, what else are we eating that needs to be made public?

I know about GMO crops and foods which are now getting close to total pest resistance, do these crops have unwanted, unhealthy products like plastics in them?

Now that I am getting closer to retirement my decision to go and live in the country and grow my own vegetables has suddenly taken on a greater meaning.

On that point, I often go to my mothers farm where they grow their own vegetables, kill their own cattle and all of the food that they feed us with tastes so different to our normal food. The difference is like chalk and cheese.

Thank you for bringing this topic to our attention and keep providing us with more information.

Oct 08.2018 | 11:11 am

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Steve,

    Thank you for your visit and leaving a comment.

    There are a lot of nasty things in our food and that is because we have turned away from nature. Crops are sprayed and the Glyphosate in the herbicides is later in the food you eat. Then we have GMO, this is the futile try of man to make nature better, well, it is not better, especially our health suffers because of man’s invention.

    To go and live in the country will be a good decision. There you can mostly control what you put into your mouth and the air will probably be cleaner too. Wishing you all the best on this new adventure.

    Regards, Taetske

    Oct 08.2018 | 01:50 pm

cjciganotto

Hello Taetske,

I really did not know that many of the foods we consume contain “pftalatos” a substance associated with plastics. I eat many cheeses in my daily diet, I will now have to “limit or reduce” eating that food. Milk, meat and butter also contain pftalatos? The truth has not been good news for me, thank you very much for informing us. Regards!!

Claudio

Oct 08.2018 | 11:29 am

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Claudio,

    Thank you for leaving a comment on my website

    The news is not good, there is plastic everywhere. The Arctic Sea Ice in Greenland has now been discovered to hold 12.000 partical of micro plastics per liter.

    To come to your question there the news is also bad. Milk, meat, and butter all contain some phthalates.

    What can one do? substitute milk for unsweetened coco nut milk, butter for extra virgin olive oil, and meat has to be from happy cows. What is a happy cow? A cow which does not get GMO food and is allowed to live big part of its life on a clean meadow.

    Regards, Taetske

    Oct 08.2018 | 01:39 pm

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