Forgive me, for I have sinned: I ate a handful of Cheez-Its earlier today. Granted, it’s not as bad as some things I could have eaten. Like Little Debbie Snack Cakes.
But still… it’s a very rare thing for me to eat the kind of processed food most Americans live on (if you can call it living). Most of the chunky malnourished denizens of this once-great nation live in a state of perpetual juvenility, scarfing down factory-created junk foods and high-fructose corn syrup sodas by the ton.
If you haven’t quit eating foods with ingredient lists that look like a grocery list of lab supplies for your friendly neighborhood bomb manufacturer, here’s a recent article in which scientist Jennifer Sass shares a few more reasons you might want to cut back on the frozen pizzas and Hot Pockets:
“Processed foods, which so many Americans eat every day, typically contains industrial chemical additives to preserve, flavor, thicken or otherwise alter what people consume. Some of the chemicals are very familiar to me, because they are also industrial chemicals or pesticides that I review every day in my oversight of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulatory programs here at NRDC.
If you are shocked to learn that industrial chemicals are routinely in the food you are feeding to your family, you will be even more shocked to read about a study published this week in the professional journal Reproductive Toxicology by researchers from the Pew Charitable Trusts — which funded the work — and the Environmental Management Institute. Problems in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) food programs look even worse than the problems I know so well from EPA!
After extensive research into what manufacturers add to our food, the researchers report that about 1,000 additives are in the food supply without the FDA’s knowledge.
And, for those additives the FDA does actually know about, fewer than 38 percent of more than 8,000 FDA-regulated additives — including those manufacturers intentionally add directly to food and materials that may come into contact with and contaminate foods — have a published feeding study. (Feeding studies comprise the basic toxicology test — the first test a scientist would do to evaluate the safety of a chemical additive.) For direct additives, added intentionally to food, only 21.6 percent of the almost 4,000 additives have undergone the feeding studies necessary for scientists to estimate a safe level of exposure, and the FDA databases contain reproductive or developmental toxicity data for only 6.7 percent… (read the rest)”
Part of being prepared is taking care of your body. It’s all well and good to have body armor, escape plans, a good gun, etc. – but if you’re poisoning yourself from within, you’re missing the big picture.
Now pardon me… I’m gonna go look for the ipecac before those Cheez-Its reach any critical systems…