Chances are, you may have plastic food at home… and not the kind intended for toy kitchens. There’s also a good chance you may have eatenprocessed foods that contain plastic or plastic-like properties. How can you be sure what you are eating is safe and healthy for you?
Processed Foods Target Your Senses
Processed foods are packed with lab-made ingredients. An easy way to spot these unhealthy ingredients is by reading the label. If it sounds unnatural, most likely, it is. For example, take fat-free food. There is so much of it at the supermarket now, and it all promises to taste exactly the same as the full-fat versions. If foods are lacking essential ingredients, such as natural fat, they still need to retain the same taste and texture so consumers will buy it.
Food companies know this, and work hard to synthesize products that will appeal to your senses. In fact, “mouth feel” is one of the primary targets for food manufacturers. It serves as a serious driving force behind what you choose to eat, and can be tough to fight.
A lot of the natural ingredients are replaced with synthetic versions, and can carry different chemical properties. One video in particular made waves across social media that showed a single slice of cheese being lit on fire. It ended up catching fire, but in the strangest way. Instead of melting or charring like a real piece of cheese would, the slice burned as if it had been wrapped in plastic. The individually-packed slices of cheese may be cheaper than natural cheese, but are made up of only 50 percent real ingredients, with the rest being chemicals.
Another property that determines food sales, aside from mouth feel, is how it looks. When whole grain products started gaining more popularity, many people were turned off because they thought it looked weird or didn’t like the color. Bleaching made products look white again while retaining the whole grain nutrition; but, this was an unfortunate shortcut. It’s not just bread either; any whole grain product can be bleached, including bagels, pizzas, and tortillas. One of the main chemicals in bleaching, azodicarbonamide, is also found in yoga mats. One large food chain was caught including this ingredient, and the ensuing media blowout caused a prompt change that banned the chemical from being used in their food.
Luckily, you don’t need to light different foods on fire to see just how natural they are. You can simply look at the ingredient list and ask yourself, “What would I need to make this?” Using the cheese example, you would want the label to include basic ingredients like milk, salt, and cream instead of chemicals that are hard to pronounce.
Stick to whole ingredients while limiting the amount of processed and synthetic foods eaten, and your body will appreciate having natural ingredients to draw nutrients from.
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