I had to share this blog today because I cannot stay quiet about the disgust I have for the mis-labeling from food companies.
“It is a fraud on consumers to create labels that do not accurately reflect the ingredients in a food item, including using “evaporated cane juice” to denote sugar content that is really no different than refined white sugar.” Law Firm in Miami: Freidin, Dobrinsky, Brown & Rosenblum, PA
After I read this article (link below) posted on FB by my best friend, I just happened to look down at my Hemp milk and read that it contained these 2 ingredients:
1.) Xanthan Gum: a substance produced by bacterial fermentation or synthetically and used in foods as a gelling agent and thickener. It is a polysaccharide composed of glucose, mannose, and glucuronic acid.
Now, I know that many people argue whether this is good or bad for you. Many people use it for baking, etc. I personally do not want THAT in my body!
So…is xanthan gum actually bad for you?
An excerpt from Fork & Beans:
“We are told that xanthan gum is perfectly safe to consume so no, it’s not bad for you. At least there have been no case studies up to this point saying that when consumed it causes major harm (unless you count that trip to the bathroom as unsafe). Some report intestinal discomfort like bloating, gas, and even diarrhea when ingested. However it’s still an item that has really come out into mainstream only recently so we (as the public) still don’t know a whole lot about it other than it works miracles in gluten-free baking”…..UMMMMM SCARY!!!!
“Should you avoid using it? Only if you 1). Simply don’t want to use it; and 2). Have an allergy towards the various common items which xanthan can be derived from: mainly corn, though research has shown that it can also derive from wheat and soy (though corn is the most common). If so, you might be having unknown reactions towards xanthan (I know of some people who get very sick from it) and it is best to be checked up on it at your doctor’s. (YEAH SURE) It’s best at that point to find creative ways to get the same binding result without xanthan. Is that even possible? Absolutely!” -Forks & Beans…THANK GOD!
Ok, so Cara from Fork & Beans is being a bit politically correct in her article.
I say….find an alternative STAT!!!!
Here are the facts….
We DO NOT HAVE A CLUE what or how much of an ingredient is in our food. I get SOOOOO upset as I think I am being healthy but REALLY I am being tricked into paying more money for something that “seems healthy.” I don’t normally do all of my shopping at Whole Foods to other organic markets but when I need to grab something quick, I expect it to be SAFE TO INGEST!!!
2.) Disodium Phosphate is a food additive. It is “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
“Phosphates like disodium phosphate are derived from the element phosphorus and are used to enhance food characteristics including nutritional value and cooking performance. This phosphate in particular is used in packaged foods including macaroni and pastas, as well as in some cheeses, as an emulsifier. You can also find it in meat products, canned sauces, Jell-O, evaporated milk, and some chocolate. Originally derived from animal bones and urine, phosphorus is now extracted from phosphate rock, which is purified and put through chemical reactions”.….YUMMM!!!!!
Do you want that in YOUR body???!!!!
“In 2012, a study was published declaring phosphates hazardous. The researchers suggested that all foods containing phosphates should be labeled as dangerous to public health. According to their research, accumulating phosphates in the body can cause organ calcification in people suffering from renal failure, and even in people with normally functioning kidneys.
The International Food Additives Council drafted a response to this study, stating that inorganic phosphates have a long history of safe use in food, and that additional studies have proven its safety. That being said, foods containing disodium phosphate are often packaged and heavily processed, so they’re not the healthiest choices to begin with.”
Written by Healthline Editorial Team | Published on May 5, 2015
Medically Reviewed by Peggy Pletcher, MS, RD, LD, CDE on May 5, 2015
Yes, it is true that medicinal chemists actually create phosphates to treat certain medical conditions. But, phosphorous occurs naturally in animal-based foods and most people eating a traditional Western diet get more than enough phosphorous in their diet…IS THIS GOOD OR BAD?…YOU DECIDE!
How to AVOID these ingredients?
.Make your own almond or coconut milk
.Read the labels and be mindful of everything you put into your body.
.Phosphates are also used in the meat industry to prevent spoilage, btw meat packages don’t typically mention this…(SHOCKER??!!!)
.Avoiding packaged and processed foods
.Purchasing locally produced, grass-fed meats (if you must eat it)
.Move to a rural area and live on a farm where you can grow your own food
.Eat a plant 100% based diet…I am forced to head in this direction!
Rant over….Thank you for listening!!!
To happy, healthy, disease-free bodies….