Is your food really natural?

I know I’ve talked about this before, but do you realize that most of what we eat that is prepackaged has really bad stuff in it? I’ve become anal retentive about reading food labels. Not too long ago I was watching an episode of Bones (Mystery in the Meat) where human remains in a school cafeteria’s stew challenge the Jeffersonian team to not only identify the victim and killer, but immerse themselves in the food industry and its cutthroat practices. One of the scenes was a laboratory that produced chemicals that simulated natural flavors in our food. I call these episodes factional—a fictional story based in facts.maxresdefault67

Both artificial and natural flavors are made by “flavorists” in a laboratory by blending either “natural” chemicals or “synthetic” chemicals to create flavorings.

800px-Biomedical_Engineering_LaboratoryFoods certified by the National Organic Program (NOP) must be grown and processed using organic farming methods without synthetic pesticides, bioengineered genes, petroleum-based fertilizers and sewage sludge-based fertilizers. Yes, kids, if you are not eating organic, all of that can be in your food. Organic livestock cannot be fed antibiotics or growth hormones. The term “organic” is not synonymous with “natural.” The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) defines “natural” as “a product containing no artificial ingredient or added color and is only minimally processed (a process which does not fundamentally alter the raw product) may be labeled natural.” Most foods labeled natural, including its flavorings, are not subject to government controls beyond the regulations and health codes.

I just think it is important to know what we are eating. These artificial and “natural” flavorings are wreaking havoc on our nations health. Please read your labels, and try to buy organic if you can.