Poisons in Your Food
by Christine H. Farlow, D.C.
Many additives in the food you eat may be very dangerous to your
health. But you'd never know it if you believed the Food and Drug
Take, for example, Olestra, also known as Olean.
the objections of many leading food scientists, this fat substitute was
approved and claimed safe by the FDA. However, Olestra causes diarrhea
and abdominal cramping. And there is evidence that it can contribute to
cancer, heart disease and blindness. Luckily for consumers, all
products which contain Olestra must have a warning on the label.
That's not the case for the artificial sweetener
Aspartame, also known as Nutrasweet. Aspartame can cause birth defects,
central nervous system disturbances, menstrual difficulties, brain
damage in phenylketonurics, seizures, death and a long list of other
reactions too numerous to mention. It may cause irreversible health
damage over the long term. Aspartame was approved and claimed safe by a
specially appointed FDA Commissioner after his own Board of Inquiry
that investigated aspartame claimed it unsafe. This FDA Commissioner
later left the FDA to work for the drug company that produces
Then there's monosodium glutamate (MSG) and free
glutamate, flavor enhancers which have been approved by the FDA. MSG
may cause a variety of symptoms, including headaches, itching, high
blood pressure and allergic reactions. Free glutamate, the active
ingredient in MSG, may cause dizziness, shortness of breath, headaches,
drowsiness and even brain damage, especially in children. Because of
bad publicity, food manufacturers found ways to hide MSG in foods they
produce. They list the ingredients that contain MSG but not the MSG
itself. Or they use free glutamates instead of MSG. For example, broth
may be listed as an ingredient on a label. Broth may contain MSG, but
the ingredients in the broth are not required to be listed on the
label. Hydrolyzed soy protein, a common ingredient in tuna, is high in
free glutamates, but does not contain MSG. The label can legally say no
Even if the label says "all natural ingredients"
preservatives," the product could contain harmful additives. Almost all
packaged foods, even so called "health foods", have additives in them,
and many are harmful or inadequately tested. The manufacturer hopes
you'll think these are healthy natural products, but if you read the
list of ingredients, you'll find ingredients that are not common food
items. If you learn to interpret food labels, you'll find that many of
these ingredients are harmful or of questionable safety.
So, how do you know which foods are really safe to
eat? Dr. Christine Farlow, in her handy pocket-sized book, FOOD ADDITIVES: A Shopper's Guide To What's
Safe & What's Not,
now in its 2004 revised edition, makes it easy to identify which
additives are harmful and which are not. She classifies 800 commonly
used food additives according to safety, whether they may cause
allergic reactions and if they are Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS)
by the FDA. In just seconds, the average person can find out if an
additive in the food they're buying is harmful to their health. It's
clear, concise and easy to use. Make this book your constant grocery
shopping companion and you'll never again wonder about the safety of
the ingredients listed on the package. You'll know.
Dr. Christine H.
Farlow, D.C. is a
chiropractor, nutritionist and author. She has helped thousands improve
their health through nutrition. For more information on food additives
and healthy eating, visit http://www.healthyeatingadvisor.com
or contact Dr. Farlow.
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