Most people never read a label. Does it surprise me? No, not really. We live in a society of complacency. It’s easier to throw a product in a shopping cart than take the time to read the label, because after all, a prerequisite to reading a label would involve actually having some prior knowledge of what we’re reading — and who has time for that?!! BIG MISTAKE! The more I learn about what goes into the foods we put in our bodies, and the products we put on our bodies, the more incensed I get. It is beyond my comprehension that government agencies condone these products for purchase. But that won’t change anytime soon so it’s up to you to filter the good from the garbage. If you don’t have time (or the inclination) to learn about the dangers of what lurks in your labels, here’s the best (quick) advice I can give you.
1. Do most of your shopping around the perimeter of grocery stores, rather that the inside aisles – this way you will buy fresh, and avoid all the processed stuff.
2. Do read the labels — and if you can’t pronounce an ingredient, put the product back on the shelf.
3. Buy organic whenever possible
4. Watch out for these!
- Gelatin: made from animal hooves, bones and skin (mostly pigs and cows) Yes really!
- BHT: The Environmental Working Group classifies BHT as a skin, liver and kidney toxicant. We store it in the liver and also in fat, which is why thin people are more at risk for damage. Studies show it promotes cancer and tumor growth.
- DYES! Especially, FD&C red no. 40: Shocking discovery – this dye is in the leading national brand of PRENATAL SUPPLEMENTS! It is a known carcinogen. In Europe, this dye is not recommended for consumption by children. It is banned in the UK, Denmark, Belgium, France, Switzerland, and Sweden.
- Sodium benzoate: In combination with ascorbic acid (vitamin C) sodium benzoate and potassium benzoate may form benzene, a known carcinogen. Check all pop cans in particular for this one!
- Titanium dioxide: Has been classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as an IARC Group 2B carcinogen. You can find this in everything from vitamin supplements, to skin care, sunscreen, food, toothpaste….and far too many more!