Do You Know What You Are Eating?

We hear so much about eating healthy as it is, the last thing we need is another food warning.  I don’t want to cause trouble, but I’ve just run across an article entitled “5 Shocking Things We Eat Every Day” on  The five ingredients they list are —

Arsenic — Arsenic is in the earth’s crust and can also be present in air, soil and water.  Unfortunately, rice absorbs arsenic more readily than other crops.  A Consumer Reports study found that people who ate rice had 44 per cent higher levels of arsenic in their bodies, and average levels were higher in brown rice for some unknown reason.  Although the overall risk levels are low, it wouldn’t be wise to eat an exclusively rice-based diet.

Insects — There is no way food can be completely pure, so you have to assume some insect parts are in your diet somewhere.

Lead — Lipstick isn’t something we actually eat, but, according to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, more than 50 percent of lipstick brands contain lead.  The levels are low, but there are safer, organic brands of lipstick.

Sugar — Something we definitely do eat is sugar.  Start reading labels, and you realize sugar has been added to almost everything.  A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that some people eat up to 46 teaspoons of sugar a day without realizing it, which could be why we have such high levels of heart disease and diabetes.

Propylene Glycol —  I always thought this was for antifreeze.  It is, but it’s also in ice cream, salad dressings, and a lot of other everyday foods to improve consistency and texture.  It can even be found in some medicines.  It’s considered safe in small amounts, but it’s still a shock to realize how many consumed products have it as an ingredient.

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