MaudlinMutantMollusk: At least sawdust is technically a vegetable/so they have that going for them
TwistedIvory: On another message board this was posted via BuzzFeed yesterday:http://www.buzzfeed.com/ashleyperez/8-foods-we-eat-in-the-us-that-ar e- banned-in-other-countriesAnd, because I actually spent ten minutes on it, here is my response:1) Food dye may be made from a petroleum product. So? This is part of a larger trend: "(X) chemical is used in SCARY THING so it MUST BE EVIL!" Well, did you know that DIHYDROGEN MONOXIDE is used in the PRODUCTION OF TIRES and it's still in our WATER SUPPLY? Plus, without sources, this fails: Food dye, for instance, is not actually banned in Norway (or the other countries listed). Certain dyes have been banned in various countries, including the United States, but to say that an entire category has been unilaterally blacklisted is ridiculous. Really? The author thinks that this photo (taken in Norway) of a candy shelf is maybe black market or something?[static.flickr.com image 500x333]2) OLESTRA CAUSES ANAL LEAKAGE! Scare-mongering. "Anal leakage" is such a big, scary term, isn't it? Never mind that in the late 90s we witnessed essentially the modern commercial death of Olean because of this hype. It's still used in a few products in a few countries and has been refined, but it's not exactly a universal thing. And you know what? It's a fat substitute. Here's a revelation: Neither potato chips nor "light" potato chips are health foods! Plus, to see any real side effects, you'd have to consume a ton of the stuff in a short time. Regarding a study of 3,000 consumers, "The FDA concluded that "subjects eating olestra-containing chips were no more likely to report having had loose stools, abdominal cramps, or any other GI symptom compared to subjects eating an equivalent amount of [potato] chips.""3) "Bromine is a chemical used to stop CARPETS FROM CATCHING ON FIRE." More hyperbole. Bromine has all sorts of uses. In the '70s its use in foods was heavily restricted, but that shouldn't stop the hype! I mean, seriously. MAGNESIUM CARBONA ...
PC LOAD LETTER: No, it's made with real froot
Snarfangel: At least crunchberries are real berries.
IdBeCrazyIf: So the technology used to find a man responsible for attacking us because our culture as a whole embraces excess is going to be use to create excess of things that make us fatter.There's a joke in there somewhere
Jackson Herring: ah hahha "lots of chemicals"
Ant: Mt. Dew is made with a chemical that also is used to prevent carpets from catching on fireWater?
TwistedIvory: Point being, this article has extremely low scientific rigor. I am NOT suggesting that processed foods are great -- in fact, all of my produce comes from my own massive organic farmlet in the back yard -- but I am suggesting that hyperbole and fear-mongering should be avoided. Rational principles and research need to be applied, and huge exaggeration of source material is entirely tantamount to fabrication and prevarication.
pkellmey: Purple really is the best tasting fruit.
PC LOAD LETTER: No, it's made with "real froot
Weaver95: Ever since I started reading labels and taking high fructose corn syrup out of my diet I've been appalled at some of what I see going into our food. And I'm not even a hippie either. I just wanna be less fat.
ReapTheChaos: Trying to find a find a prepackaged product that uses sugar as a sweetener is needle in a haystack time.
ameeriklane: Thanks for the logical explanation TwistedIvory. I was skeptical when reading TFA. I really doubt the FDA is part of some big conspiracy getting paid by Big Food to allow dangerous products into our food -- the same FDA that people are mad at for being overly cautious about approving new drugs.I have friends who are against food X because it's "full of chemicals" but isn't everything chemicals?Anyway, question for farkers smarter than me: Is there anything bad about those microwave meals like Health Choice and Lean Cuisine (other than flavor)? I know they're high in sodium but my doctor says that's not a big risk for me. The ingredient list on the products looks fairly normal, though "natural flavors" is always open to interpretation.
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