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Saturday, February 10, 2007

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Great website! I've just ordered the two books you mentioned. We've just finished removing all the wall-to-wall carpeting and putting in tile or wood flooring. One of our big changes has been to stop using any 'Big Corporation' cleaners, so in our house it's vinegar, baking soda, soap and water.

Maybe I'm nuts, but I've wondered a lot about food additives and what kind of long term affects they have on us.

Ya, I know the FDA approves of this stuff. But my common sense or my gut feel does not always agree.

Let's take something as simple and wonderful as ice cream. Milk, Cream, Sugar, Vanilla Beans.

That's how you'd imagine it. Well, you can get that in brands like Breyer's and a few others.

But it seems to me that 90% or more of the varieties out there contain lots of other additives.

What is carrageenan doing in my "ice cream"? It's a gelatinous extract of seaweed. I guess it makes up for the more expensive cream that would otherwise go into the ice cream in greater volume to make it creamier.

Of course, what side affects will I get from consuming carrageenan? I mean the stuff is in so many things, along with guar gums, xanthum gums, and lots of other things.

I mean if God wanted us to eat that stuff, he would have given us gills and flippers so that we can get at it. :-)

OK, back to being serious now, I try to prefer things that I believe are natural and don't contain things that appear to be "non-food". You can't rely on labels because their so tricky.

Like things with All Natural *Flavor*. That's great. I was talked to somebody recently about how Italian Tuna is supposed to be better. So someone came back from the store with a can of "Genova" brand "Tonno". Looks Italian, right? No. It's not. It's plain old Yellowfin Tuna in Olive Oil, "packed in the Mediterranean tradition, with olive oil."

I don't think any of the ingredients in that can came any closer to the Mediterranean than about 3000 miles. Though at least the products in that can are all normal foods (tuna in olive oil). But I'm sure that one of these days, I'll pick up a can and see something like "Synthesized nautical protein packed in Olestra(tm) from a chemical plant in Sicily, in the mediterranean tradition".

So what will kill me first? The food additives, or the worrying about them?

John: That's great. So few people take action despite understanding the threats to ourselves and our kids.

Mark: lol. I think it's probably a toss-up on which will kill you first. But those long-term health effects can be a bitch. (I'm thinking trans fat and high cholesterol in my case.)

Fitzgerald, btw, discusses food additives as well. He's not to keen on them, as you can imagine.

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