25 April 2013

Ingredients ≠ Warnings

I'm amazed at how much of an interest I've taken in food, growing food, the chemicals in our Frankenfoods and trying to understand what I'm eating and what's happening inside me when I eat and drink things. I've strayed far from my junketarian roots. I highly recommend listening to Radiolab's Guts. And reading Twinkie, Deconstructed. I'll admit that book is difficult to read cover to cover, but it's worth it to pick up a copy at your library and peruse its contents. Or just click on one of the many links I've provided (those links are the very reason why you aren't going to visit your library. Hmpf).

Tonight as I perused the web from my phone, I came across a few more things I need to eliminate from my diet, 13 Banned Foods Still Allowed in the US. It always freaks me out to read what the US embraces as food but other countries outlaw.

The 13 Ingredients?

(It is advisable to clink the link above and read the full article.)

No, no, no. I mean, yes, one of those ingredients are on the list, but the photo is totally unrelated to this article. I took it a few days ago while on a recon mission for Kelly. And seriously, how did Ammonium Sulfate not make the cut? Among other things.

Before you read the list, take out a piece of paper and write down a few of the ingredients you've never heard of. Research one of those. And by research, I mean: Go to google.com and type in or copy/paste the ingredient you'd like to investigate. Click at least one link on the first page of the search results. Skim the article.

1-4. Coloring Agents (Blue 1, Blue 2, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6)
Found In: Cake, candy, macaroni and cheese, medicines, sport drinks, soda, pet food, and cheese

5.  Olestra (a.k.a. Olean)
Found In: Fat-free potato chips

6.  Brominated Vegetable Oil (a.k.a. BVO)
Found In: Sports drinks and citrus-flavored sodas

7. Potassium Bromate (a.k.a. Brominated Flour)
Found In: Rolls, wraps, flatbread, bread crumbs, and bagel chips

8. Azodicarbonamide
Found In: Breads, frozen dinners, boxed pasta mixes, and packaged baked goods

9-10. BHA, BHT
Found In: Cereal, nut mixes, gum, butter, meat, dehydrated potatoes, and beer

11-12. Synthetic Hormones (rBGH and rBST
Found In: Milk and dairy products

13. Arsenic
Found In: Poultry

Listening to: Arrested Development ... amping up for 26 May

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