In Current News:
In the Wall Street Journal article
this week, in an article by Catey Hill, she talks about the pitfalls in interpreting advertising statements, and some of the revolting, and potentially dangerous additives our government allows in our food.
- Eat anything pink in color this week? You may be eating bugs, or bug extracts.... Carminic Acid is a common additive used to make things red or pink. It's an extract from the bodies of cochineal beetles. According to the Wall street journal, Peru alone produced more than 1 million pounds of the stuff last year.
- ADA, or Azodicarbonamide, is found in some 500 packaged goods sold in this country. Including cupcakes, cookies and crackers. It is aloso used in flip-flops, yoga mats and other plastic products, and it has been implicated in respiratory problems and allergies. ADA is banned in Europe.
- rBGH, or Bovine Somatotropin has been banned in Europe and Canada, but is allowed here in the USA. It is implicated in causing cancers, but it's still used to stimulate milk production in US cows.
- Arsenic ? Did you know that rice contains especially high levels? Last year the FDA recommended that consumers diversify their consumption of food products, rather than focus on rice in avoiding gluten.
- What does the word "Natural" mean? if its products regulated by the US Department of Agriculture, it means "items which don't contain artificial colors or ingredients". But if its in stuff regulated by the FDA, they don't regulate this as closely, so "natural" may be meaningless.
- Enriched? Generally speaking, "Enriched" products, have first had all their vitamins and mineral removed by bleaching or other processing, and then have vitamins and minerals added to "enrich" them.