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24 February, 2009

How To-118: "How to Take Action to Phase out Harmful Food Additives"


How to Take Action to Phase out Harmful Food Additives


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Some synthetic food additives, including perservatives and artificial sweetners that harm your health, now commonly found in almost everything, are allowed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to remain in our food. Many of them have only been tested in rats, and are released right after. You are what you eat, and foods should be safe for everyone, everyone should not have to do their own research to find out what ingredients to avoid, and if the FDA is taking a while their job, it is up to you as a citizen to take action.

Steps

  1. Do your research. Look on the packaging of a sugarless gum and google all the ingredients to find side effects of eating it. Some highly controversial additives are BHT, Sucralose, Acesuflame K(Potassium), Aspartame and MSG. As you find out more and more about more ingredients, you will be surprised at your ignorance before to consume it and not even think twice about it.
  2. Make a list of everything bad and what is is said to cause. You will be surprised, some things in your food even are known carcinogens!
  3. Raise awareness in your family and friends about it, and encourage them to take action too.
  4. Write to the FDA, stating that they should ban the use of things that have not been tested in long studies with humans until they are announced safe.
  5. Write a letter to your government stating that foods containing not well tested ingredients that may be harmful to your health should contain warnings on them. Foods with Aspartame in them contain a warning that says "Phenylketonurics: contains phenylalanine", but that is only because certain people have a disorder where they can't metabolize Phenylalanine, but they did not take into account that Aspartame breaks down into Formaldehyde (carcinogen)

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