Food Additives

Would you care for some Trichlorotriflouroethane, which is an extraction solvent, or how about some Butylene Glycol,which is a flavoring adjunct, or adjuvant, solubalizer, and solvent vehicle.

Or maybe you would prefer some Tetramethylpyrazine, Dimethylpyrazine, flavoring agents. These all just sound yummy don’t they? Make mine a double. What the heck is that guy talking about, you ask? Those aren’t foods, those are chemicals.

Well yeah, you’re right; they are chemicals, dangerous chemical. And they are also just a few of the many chemicals added to commercially processed foods for various reasons.

Flavorings, colorings, preservatives, stabilizers, emulsifiers, fumigants, the list goes on. It is a very disturbing read to see the long list of chemical additives that could be in the food you are eating or giving your family. And the list of words describing the uses of these chemicals is just as bad, here, see for yourself.

After you read that you may never want to eat food from a grocery store again. I know it makes me not want to, although I know I probably still will. It’s just so much easier to go to the store and buy the things you need than to grow it or make it yourself. Let’s face it, not many working Americans have the time to grow a garden and then home can the produce, raise your own dairy cow to milk and then churn your own butter or make your own cheese. Those things are pretty much a thing from the past.

If you want to try a little experiment just to see how hard some of these things would be, next time you are at the grocery buy a half gallon of whole milk. So as to not waste it, after drinking about half of it, leave it sit on the counter to get to room temperature then shake the jug for, oh say so many hours that your arm feels like it will fall off.

You can make a family project out of it. Hand it off to the kids and tell them how much fun it is, pass it around and let everyone have their turns just shaking it.

Eventually you will break down the fats in the whole milk and they will start to clump together. This is butter. Seriously, it’s butter, and it’s good too, all natural, no preservatives, no chemicals (unless there were already some in the milk) butter. Wasn’t easy though was it, all that work for just a little bit of butter. That’s why we have food processing plants and grocery stores right?

I mean, if everyone was growing their own food and hunting for meat or raising their own live stock for meat, no one would have time to go to work and then the economy wouldn’t work and then all of the billionaires would lose all of their money. So, you have a job to go to and food processing plants make all the food products that are in the grocery stores for you to go buy so that you have more time to work and then if you have any free time left maybe you can go have some playtime fun instead of milking a cow or making butter.

Sure, they tested all the chemicals first to make sure they are safe for human consumption, right? Well, actually some food additives have some not so healthy side effects. Aspartame for example, this is actually an artificial sweetener but it has been shown to cause mild side effects like headaches and nausea, to more serious side effects like depression, rashes, seizures, dizziness, blurred vision, insomnia, ringing in the ears, and hallucinations. Some studies show that it may even cause cancer.

There are just too many additives and too many side effects to list them all here with any real information, but it is wise for you to look at what you are putting into your body. If you have any doubts read the label, they have to put anything that’s in the food on the label, at least products processed and packaged in The United States do. If you read any ingredients that don’t sound good to you look it up and see just exactly that is they are putting in your ice cream or cheese or whatever it is you are eating.


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