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What Is In My Food?

Have you asked this question lately? What is in my food?

There are times when paranoia can save your life, and the lives of your loved ones. This is one of them.

Food purveyors have gone slightly mad, producing non-foods that now fill the supermarket shelves.

Chronic diseases are on the rise as the nation grows fatter and fatter, sicker and sicker.

We are brainwashed by slick advertisers into believing that breakfast cereal that is over-processed, sugar laden, and dyed into multi-color puffs is the healthy way to start the day.

For years, as children, we ate Wonder Bread. The red, yellow, and blue balloons on the wrapper reminded us all of the ad and jingle on TV that boasted that eating this bread builds our bodies 12 ways. So much nutrition was processed out of the refined flour that they decided to make a selling point by claiming that the bread was "fortified" by throwing a few of the nutrients back in.

Wonder Bread was essentially palatable styrofoam.

And this was only the beginning of the processed food industry's now long history and dubious legacy.

Every time you go to the supermarket, ask yourself: What is in my food?

Read labels. Ask yourself which one of those ingredients is really a food.

High-fructose corn syrup, one of the first ingredients on a huge number of labels, is not food. Many "sugar-free" products still list high-fructose corn syrup as one of the first ingredients, along with other masked sugars. Remember, sugar is addictive. What a great way to secure return customers. Get people addicted to sugar.

Gone are the days of blind trust.

Many labels (too many) list ingredients unrecognized in nature, therefore are not foods at all. They are toxic chemicals developed by scientists, made in laboratories, and passed off as foods.

What is in my food? We have to know the answer to that question. It is not reassuring when we find out that these additives and chemicals can actually harm us.

Let's look at Cool Whip, for example. Cool Whip is a fake food that has been accepted and consumed by thousands of people since its inception in 1967. It is a dreadful, yucky, plaster-like substance which is beloved by children everywhere, but is not fit for human consumption.

Cool Whip was developed by General Foods to be a cheaper, low-fat substitute for real whipped cream. And it was initially intended to be non-dairy.

Ever read the Cool Whip label?

Cool Whip is made of water, hydrogenated vegetable oils (coconut and palm oil), high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, skin milk, light cream, sodium caseinate, natural and artificial flavor, xanthan and guar gums, polysorbate 60, sorbitan monostearate, and beta carotene for color.

Let's break it down to understand just how this substance is not food.

Hydrogenated oils: are known to increase LDL (bad cholesterol), and lower HDL (good cholesterol).These oils increase one's chance of developing artery disease, as well as heart disease.

High fructose corn syrup: Not all sugars are assimilated in the body the same way. Corn syrup, particularly high fructose corn syrup seems to be in everything. High fructose corn syrup is corn syrup (glucose and fructose) treated with enzymes to increase the fructose, which is sweeter than glucose. It is half the cost of sugar (glucose). It contributes to weight gain, even more than regular granulated cane sugar. It also contains traces of mercury, which contributes to cancer.

Skim milk and light cream: With the addition of milk and cream, this product is no longer dairy-free. Fat free milk has been linked to cancer, particularly prostate cancer.

Sodium Caseinate: This is a stabilized molecule of sodium hydroxide and casein. Casein is the protein component of milk. Many people are allergic to casein, and because it has a similar protein structure to gluten, anyone allergic to gluten, may be sensitive to casein. Stabilizing casein may potentially create harmful by-products and stress the kidneys.

Natural and artificial flavors: MSG is often used as a flavor enhancer. It can cause asthma and bring on an asthmatic attack. It can also cause cancer.

Xanthan and guar gums: This is not food. As a matter of fact, it has been used as a laxative. These are thickeners that can cause diarrhea when used in large amounts.

Polysorbate 60: is short for polyoxyethylene, and is an emulsifier, fatty acid additive that keeps baked goods from going stale, and prevents oil from separating out of artificial whipped cream. It is added to imitation cream, baked goods, and frozen desserts. When used in high amounts, it causes organ toxicity and cancer.

Sorbitan monosteartate: This is an additive emulsifier that keeps oil and water mixed together. It's also referred to as synthetic wax. It's usually added to cake mixes, cake icings, and used as a substitute for cream. It is similar to mono and di-glycerides. Even though the FDA says it is safe, it has been linked to skin, eye, stomach, and respiratory irritations.

Beta carotene: is an artificial coloring and nutrient supplement. This one is not toxic when taken in limited amounts.

By the way, please put pure whipped cream on my shortcake when I come to dinner. It's pure and natural, and I don't mind a little fat.

Cool Whip is just one example of a non-food in a sea of many that have become staples in our lives. Is it any wonder that obesity, diabetes, cancer and so many other chronic maladies take our bodies hostage during our lifetime?

Food must nurture and support life, or it is not a food. We, as a population have been brainwashed into regularly ingesting non-food substances.

What is in my food? Too many people neglect to ask this all important question.

To illustrate a point with his little daughter, a dad conducted an experiment with Cool Whip, and he posted the results online.

The experiment was horrifying and disgusting.

The dad put real whipped cream in one bowl, and Cool Whip in another. Within a few minutes, the real cream started to break down and melt. The Cool Whip remained the same for 12 days, after which it began to harden, like plaster. It was so hard, in fact, that the experimenter was able to draw a smiley face on it with his marker.

The nation is waking up to a degree. More and more people are making demands for foods of higher quality. The food industry has responded by providing more sub-standard, non-food substances, but this time, with packaging and buzz words such as "healthy", "natural", "sugar-free", "fat-free", etc. - anything they think we want to hear.

We have the right to veto this trickery by not purchasing their products, these insults to our intelligence.

Asking the questions: "What is in my food?" "What is in my children's food?", and insisting on the freshest, purest foods available for yourself and your family will save your life, and theirs.


Street Talk

Yuck! I agree wholeheartedly. Reading ingredients is important because food simply isn't food anymore. Thanks for a great educational article. Health preserver;) Good job.

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  about 7 years ago
  

You bet Cynthia!

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  about 7 years ago

Paying attention to labels! Stronger habit;)

  
  about 7 years ago

I love this....especially "which one of those ingredients is a food?" I may say that to myself as I peruse the grocery next time...it keeps going over in my mind...I love your definitions of the ingredients too...this one is a keeper for me...great article!

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  about 7 years ago
  

Good to see you here Kaite. I know Cool Whip is not on your hit parade. Not only is it non-food, but it's full of GMO ingredients. That's another serious matter requiring our attention. As someone who knows so much about health and nutrition, I'm quite sure you are on top of GMOs. Thank you for your comments.

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  about 7 years ago
melissa3  

Very good article. About a year ago, I started buying organic as much as I could, but now the food markets are stocking more and more organic products, making it easier to get. Also, I'm constantly checking labels and I remember actually checking the label on cool-whip at one point and after learning it contains high fructose corn syrup, I put it right back. I started checking for it in all foods when my daughter's doctor told me this may be the reason for her headaches. I enjoyed this article very much.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks Melissa. I have another article in the wings, waiting to be published, extension of the same topic. I'm writing about food because I'm concerned for people. These bad practices are making us ill. If we all unite and stop buying the poisons, then maybe we'll get real food again. High fructose is terrible, and it's in practically every processed food. Thanks for commenting.

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  about 7 years ago

This is an interesting subject. I was interested to know a couple of years back why so many people have allergies to gluten to discover that the amount of gluten in wheat has increased by 50% over the past years. I eat organic food as much as possible don't really care about the cost. great article Joan

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  about 7 years ago
  

Yes, gluten levels have increased due to hybridization. Because of this, there's more gluten intolerance and celiac disease than ever before. Gluten intolerance has quadrupled since the 1950's. And gluten is hidden in processed foods. It doesn't appear on labels. Flavorings often have gluten. I think it's wise to cut way back on grains, particularly wheat products. That would take care of obesity too. I'm glad you eat organic foods Gayle. What's more important than the health of your body? Thank you for your helpful comment.

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  about 7 years ago

Scary stuff Joan.

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  about 7 years ago
  

It's very scary Kim, but not new. It's been going on for a while. People just trusted that our government organizations were protecting us from abuse. It's gotten even worse with genetically modified foods. We must change the things that are wrong with our food production. Yes, it does affect the whole world. Some of the food that is being allowed coming in from China is terrifying. I wouldn't buy food from China for my family or my pets. Meanwhile we need to read labels and avoid as many processed foods as possible.

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  about 7 years ago

Such an excellent article, Joan. Even scarier is the non-labeling of certain chemicals. There is a GRAS (generally recognized as safe) law regarding chemicals. If it is considered GRAS, it doesn't even have to be on the food label, though it is in the food. So, when we ask 'what is in our food' there are many hidden chemicals that we don't even know about. Eeks! But, I like what you said in another comment below, eating less processed foods allows for fewer pebbles against the glass. Keep pulling the curtain back. We'll all do our part to make this a healthier world.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Thanks Dr Becky. I am very much in agreement with you on health matters. I think one of the major reforms that should be on the plate for an incoming administration, is clean up the FDA. Lol, will it happen? Corruption in food and drugs is costing us our population. It's time to stop. Thank you for the GRAS info and for commenting. I look forward to reading whatever you have to write on this subject.

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks! You have given me many ideas for articles!

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  about 7 years ago
  

Keep it going Shawn. I've noticed there are some people who stubbornly refuse to accept that our food is considerably less than optimal, not only tainted with chemicals, but they do not have the nutrients Mother Nature intended. I look forward to your articles.

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  about 7 years ago

Great article Joan. You are so right, we are being sold complete garbage and it is destroying our health.

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  about 7 years ago
  

Yes, doesn't seem to be much integrity in the food industry. Thanks for commenting Jackelyn.

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  about 7 years ago

Good article!! You are right on. They're killing us. Along with our animals. What can we do?

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  about 7 years ago
  

I think we need to protest relentlessly and en masse. If that doesn't work, we need to boycott them and organize food resources created within our own communities. Communities taking care of their own needs. The food industry has been manufacturing poison for years, and it's gotten worse. Harriet, I'm hanging on the next election.

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  about 7 years ago

Ah whip cream on your strawberries yum, ate the stuff out of the container delecious....or was it as you bring light to this huge problem that we face, what do we eat??????????? As I try to stay out of the isles in the stores and stay in the produce dept...i fiqure if I can't say it I really don't want to eat it....although I have....but no more...or so I think...labeled organic...is it really what it says it is...watched local new show on how labels are misleading....scared we should be......fruit, veggys things that grow naturally even the meat we consume as Rob brought so much light to that side of the food chain...corporations are allowed to mislead with no reprocusions....they continue to sell and test seeds....we evnturally digest these....so can't help thinking that this is not going away to soon.... seen a show on organic chickens....the farmer raised and fed his chickens what he should to think that he was selling and raising orgainicly natural chickens...sounds good yes....they did a test on his chicken at the end of the cylce...out of the package from the store....I forget exactly but s0me type or hormone was present ini his chickens...althugh at a lesser number than others but neverthe less hils organic chickens were found to have....some type of hormone in them....why, the chicks that he buys to raise his chickens have it there system.....damn if you do and how are we ever gong to tell if it is really safe....great article Joan

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  about 7 years ago
  

I'm with you Tim. Don't know what we can trust. I would rather take a chance on organic than go the other route. One thing I do is put fruits and vegetables in a bath of water with a little apple cider vinegar. That helps a bit. Have you ever heard of a mineral called Zeolite? It's a very safe chelation agent that gets rid of toxins. Comes in capsule form. The doctor has me taking it every time I eat fish because of the mercury and pcbs. It works. What a story about those chickens. I don't eat meat, but I think the Kosher ones are probably okay. You can check it out. Thank you for sharing with us Tim.

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  about 7 years ago

Even our fish Joan it is just crazy out there, I like organic or at least the idea of organic....been looking into it... at least here in my home town and surrounding area, organic chicken is apporx twice or three times more expensive than the alternative veggys too...that can be hard to swallow for most...if you take a good look at it, and I believe Rob has mentioned this....you can pick a world domination conspiracy out of this...if you look hard enough squint your eyes and look down there, thats it,..... weed the world population down to a contollable size and keep them poor...:) just thinking outloud...

  
  about 7 years ago
  

I tend to agree with "reducing the population" theory. Many of us are wise to it. We have to outsmart them. Check out Kosher chickens. I don't think they're that much more, and check out local farms. We can't seem to get around the trust issue, but I would feel safer with local farms than Mr. Perdue. Protect yourself where you can. Don't eat processed food. Mayonnaise is easy to make from scratch and baking is very easy. I think knowledge is golden in this case.

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  about 7 years ago
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