• Food Additives: EWG Releases Dirty Dozen

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    Food should be good for you. But some isn’t. More than 10,000 additives* are allowed in food. Some are direct additives that are deliberately formulated into processed food. Others are indirect additives that get into food during processing, storage and packaging. How do you know which ones to avoid because they raise concerns and have been linked to serious health problems, including endocrine disruption and cancer?

    The guide covers food additives associated with serious health concerns, ingredients banned or restricted in other countries, and other substances that shouldn’t be in food. It turns the spotlight on some of the worst failures of the federal Food and Drug Administration’s regulatory process for additives and underscores the need for better oversight of our food system.

    EWG also highlights two types of additives to watch, since scientists have not determined whether they are linked to human health problems.

    When you eat processed foods, you can virtually guarantee that you’re also consuming any number of questionable food additives. More than 10,000 such additives are allowed in food when you factor in those that are added directly to your food as well as those in the packaging (which can migrate to your food).

    Additives are used in food processing to slow spoilage, prevent fats and oils from going rancid, prevent fruits from turning brown, and fortify or enrich the food with synthetic vitamins and minerals to replace the natural ones that were lost during processing.

    Unfortunately, many of these additives have been linked to health concerns, while others have been granted “Generally Recognized as Safe” (GRAS) status without pre-market review or approval. As the Environmental Working Group (EWG) reported:

    “This system makes sense for benign additives such as pepper and basil, but there are enormous loopholes that allow additives of questionable safety to …

    You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel eating whole, organic, REAL food, prepared with love in your own kitchen. And, if people all over the US stop buying fake foods with chemical poisons, companies will have to eventually listen and change their recipes if they are to stay in business.

    As far as the FDA, it will have to step up its game soon if it is to earn back our respect.

    Please Read this Article at Articles.Mercola.com

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