• Why Are American Foods Routinely More Toxic Than European Versions?: The Big Food Discrepancy

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    For quite some time there has been an explosion of health food products on the market, specifically advertised as either organic foods or natural foods. Most people don't know that there is a major difference between organic and natural foods, believing that the two are interchangeable. This article will help you understand exactly what is the difference between these two designations, and how products labeled in this manner are defined and marketed.

    McDonalds, a poster child for the average fast food diet, has yet again been exposed for selling foods containing far more hazardous ingredients to American customers.

    Repeatedly, we find that processed foods—which are bad enough even without added chemicals—contain far more hazardous ingredients in the US compared to other nations, most notably Europe.

    McDonald's French Fries Contain Far Less Junk in the UK Than the US

    FOX news recently reported that McDonald's French fries sold in the UK contain far fewer ingredients, which is typically a hallmark of a healthier product. Even if it is highly processed, and therefore not a good foundational part of your diet, at least you're getting less toxic exposure with each bite when you do eat it.

    For starters, in the US, McDonald's French fries are made with potatoes cooked in hydrogenated canola and/or soybean oil—two of the worst cooking oils you can use; both of which are …

    The health risks associated with exposure to pesticides is one of the main considerations when looking at the differences between organic and conventional food. Many EPA-approved pesticides were registered before research linked them to cancer and other diseases. Now, the EPA considers over half of all herbicides and fungicides as potentially cancer causing. (*It should be noted that pesticide residue is reduced substantially by routine food handling practices such as washing, peeling and cooking.)

    Another factor that people sometimes consider when looking at differences between organic and conventional food is the nutritional value. While many studies show that organic foods are richer in nutrients, in particular organic acids and polyphenolic compounds, which have been shown to have human health benefits as antioxidants, other studies contradict these findings. Researchers generally agree the results are inconclusive and that more research is needed.

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