The evenings when I have time to prepare and cook a home cooked meal are fewer and fewer. But when I do, I am an amazing mom! A healthy meal! The other evenings may be grilled sandwiches, or a creatively customized family sized box of mac and cheese! But what, exactly, am I doing to me and my kids? I am aware that chemicals are used to grow and preserve our food, but there are other chemicals and I want to know what is the purpose of chemicals in food?
Did I Really Cook A Healthy Meal?
I thought I did. From my experience and what I’ve been told I did. But did I? I’m not sure.
Green beans are supposed to be a beautiful, dark green. Popcorn has the most AMAZING smell! OMG, that bacon has the most wonderful taste, bacon is best!
That said, the foods above, and near all, have help in those areas. There are food coloring to make our food look appetizing, chemicals to make it smell good and hundreds of chemicals combined to make one additive that makes bacon taste amazing!
Pesticides, Growth Hormones, Crazy Amounts Of Antibiotics In Farm Animals!
Does it end and why is it used? It is my understanding, as a good American citizen, that the chemicals manufacturers use, are all safe for human consumption. The FDA can’t be wrong?
Since the mid 40s and 50s the food industry has made huge strides. We now have increased our food additives allowed in the U.S.A. from around 800 to over 10,000! The amounts are amazing! I am currently looking at the FDA.gov website regarding food coloring. I’m scrolling through and stop arbitrarily on color additives approved for use in medical devices, WHAT? Medical devices need food coloring? D&C Blue No. 9 was approved in 1974 for cotton and silk surgical sutures. Highlighted is the link. In the United States, food coloring is used not just for food, but also; drugs, cosmetics and medical devices.
What Is GMO?
A GMO, genetically modified organism, could be an animal or plant – along with a plethora of other organisms. The genetic makeup of GMO products have been modified in a laboratory, not a natural process.
When asking if GMO foods are safe, the New York Times claims that no adverse health effects have been found. Over 92% of our soybeans and field corn is grown from GMO seeds, and canola from Canada is from almost 98% GMO seed! Canola was designed for herbicide resistance, in a laboratory!
By the way, the human body was not designed to eat GMO foods. They aren’t natural. So when chronic illness attacks someone we know, or us, this is why we shouldn’t be surprised. If I fill up a diesel truck with gasoline, it’ll run for a bit, but very soon it will stop. Why? Because a diesel truck wasn’t designed to run on, (digest), gasoline. This is a lesson many of us that drive of have learned, don’t put gasoline into a diesel vehicle. If we can learn this about our vehicles and take care of them, then why can’t we give ourselves the same attention?
GMO Foods To Avoid
There is one food that I absolutely love and find a way to put into just about everything I cook— corn. Well, not anymore. I believe the only food harder to give up, for me, than corn would be chocolate!
GM corn can cause tumors and organ damage, discovered by feeding this to rats. Pigs eating GM food have suffered with severe stomach inflammation, GM corn fed to mice caused damage to their intestines and a study in Canada found GM corn toxin in the blood of pregnant women!
I’m sure I’m not the only person to see a problem here. According to WebMD 2015 the Pew Research Center conducted a survey finding that 9 out of 10 scientists from the American Association for the Advancement of Science claim that GMO’s are safe to eat. Makes me curious abut the health of the scientists that claim this?
Below are some worst of GMO foods to avoid:
- Yellow Squash
There are different avenues that a person can take to avoid GMO foods. It’s not easy, at all! GMO’s are everywhere, but at least now you are aware and can make an educated decision. If you still have questions try this:
- Eat organic foods. These can now be found in marked sections of neighborhood supermarkets.
- Grow your own. Many people today grow some of their own foods.
- Avoid processed foods. Most processes foods contain GMO ingredients.
- Look for products that have been verified non-GMO.
- Shop at local Farmer’s Markets.
It seems that the best way to avoid GMO’s is to cook at home, although there are restaurants now that will have selections without GMO’s. Slowly, we are becoming aware of what is in our food that can harm us. It is very important to be and stay informed about what you are putting into your body! If we rely on others to take care of us, it may not work out how we expected. Knowledge is power!
Please leave a comment, your opinion, or tell me I’m full of it! But remember: This is my opinion, I could be wrong!