Be informed about the dangers in your food
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 time 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 Phthalates? Hard to pronounce right? And it is even harder to digest. I will try to explain and keep it as simple as possible.
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 that 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.
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 used to be a real 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 has 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.
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.
Plastic has become a big problem in the world. It is in the oceans killing marine life, visible in the environment, as micro-small pieces mixed in beach sand, and even in your salt. The salt you eat every day is polluted with plastic. I just wonder why we do this to ourselves.
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What we eat does not only have an effect on our health but also on our environment. You might care to read the following post. I would be happy to hear your opinion.