What’s In My Food?

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    Because of our busy lives, both a busy job, children (possibly to the nursery), sports, social and family life, we have little time for ourselves. In the evening, we still have to cook. But there is hardly any time left to serve a healthy, fresh meal. The supermarkets have responded well to this with ready meals, ready sauces, ready salads, bouillon cubes (a little from me and a little from Maggi). Our diet has certainly not improved, which is reflected in our health.

    Many prosperity diseases are caused by our way of living, eating and drinking.

    People don’t read the labels anymore or not properly, on the other hand it is made more and more difficult for us to read the labels.
    Our food is full of E-numbers… Some are good, but most are bad for our health.

    The manufacturers say, there is so little in it that it is approved for food safety. That is true!

    But it is in everything! Yes, but in small quantities! That is not harmful, people say. Ten or twenty times a day of those tiny amounts makes one spoonful of poison a week.

    You don’t take it voluntarily, you take it because you don’t know that you are taking it.

    The poison is in everything. In principle, labels are clear enough about this, but they are difficult to read because they are almost always printed in too small a typeface, or the printing is dubious, or the background colour does not contribute to legibility. Why? Because most producers do not want you to know what they are putting in your food, to keep it colourful, spreadable, liquid, creamy, and longer “fresh”. Many of the packaged products you buy in the supermarket are an illusion.

    I would like to take you on a journey of awareness about what is on your plate in the evening and throughout the day.

    Additives in our food products

    Additives are in many… very many food products. Risk groups such as pregnant women, breastfeeding women, babies and small children who are sensitive to additives. But also older people or people with a fragile immune system. People often talk about an allergy, but is that really the case?
    Everything that a future mother swallows, smokes or applies to her skin will, to a greater or lesser extent, reach the child. So it is important to be careful with what you use or consume.

    Addictive sugar

    The first thing we use and which is more addictive than Cocaine is SUGAR!!! Sugar is in almost everything, and we let our children grow up with it. Refined sugar is absolutely bad for humans. Then you have various other types of sugar. But sugar is sugar: one sugar is not better or healthier than another sugar.

    Your body processes all kinds of sugars in the same way. It is better to avoid products with added sugar, such as sweets and soft drinks. Added sugars are, as the name already says, sugars that are added to a product by the manufacturer. They are often products that do not contain any other healthy nutrients.

    They are products containing sugars that your body does not need. Because although these sugars provide energy, they do not contribute to your health. In fact, too much sugar, especially from soft drinks and fruit juices, can lead to the production of fats in your liver. It also stimulates the production of belly fat and fats in the blood. This can make your body less sensitive to insulin, which in turn can lead to type 2 diabetes.
    Even in meat products, they put sugar.

    What about the sweeteners?

    But I use sweeteners, I sometimes hear people say, or I drink soft drinks with Zero Sugar. Soft drinks are nothing more and nothing less than liquid candy. And what is it sweetened with? Usually aspartame. What is Aspartame?

    Aspartame is an artificial sweetener, nowadays used in more than 6000 food products and the number is still rising. Aspartame is used in diet (‘light’) products such as soft drinks and table-top sweeteners, but also in products such as lemonade, yogi, double drinks, yoghurt, quark, Yakult, sweets, cakes, chewing gum, vitamin preparations, toddler toothpaste, …

    Many studies have already shown that aspartame is harmful to human health, especially for children and pregnant women. Not for nothing has aspartame been on the list of banned substances for years. The fact that aspartame was found to be safe in Europe in 1992 raises questions, to say the least.

    The food industry of good-looking and long-lasting

    In the old days, we could still eat food from our own gardens and untreated fresh seasonal fruit, meat from the home butcher and all sorts of other handmade products. Mothers used to cook fresh and with love. Candy and chocolate were a rarity.

    But today, with our hurried society, we have become a cash cow of the food industry.

    Above all, it has to be quick, easy, good-looking and long-lasting. This is only possible by using various additives (E numbers). The fact that you like a certain product does not mean that it is GOOD for you.

    Take for example a tasty dessert, crisps, ready meals, sweets, soft drinks or fruit drinks.

    Did you know that “fresh” orange juice from a pack is made from oranges that were picked 3 years ago?

    That flavourings and colourings are added to make it look and taste fresh? Just to satisfy the expectations of your taste buds.

    If you (try to) read the label carefully, have you noticed that it hardly ever mentions the percentage of added additives? They do this because it is a secret and you, the consumer, have nothing to do with it.

    Additives are everywhere

    But what additives are used and which of them are harmless?

    There are different categories of additives:

    • The colourings (E100 to E180)
    • The preservatives (E200 to E297)
    • The food acids (antioxidants) (E300 to E337)
    • Then there are the emulsifiers that stabilize the preparation of products, the flavour enhancers (E621), the synthetic sweeteners that replace sugars…. Did you know that there are about 6000 artificial flavourings? Go on and on !!!

    Without sugar or light means a license to consume, because you can’t get fat. And yet young people are getting fatter all the time, cardiovascular diseases are on the increase and allergies are skyrocketing! But the pharmaceutical industry firmly denies this… Strange that we hardly heard of it in the 1950s and 1960s.

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