What are you eating when you buy industrial foods?

The majority of processed foods contain substances, such as additives, GMOs and hormones, some of which can affect your body in ways you may not have even realized. The following are descriptions of a few of those added substances.

Additives are essentially preservatives that enhance or maintain the flavor of food or even the appearance. Some additives have been around for centuries, such as vinegar for pickling, but others came to be more recently and are much more enigmatic. Other foods contain GMOs (genetically modified organisms), or at least genetically modified ingredients. According to Grace Communications Foundation, “genetic engineering…is the process of transferring specific traits, or genes, from one organism into a different plant or animal.” It is a purely industrial process. 

Hormones are also often added during the process of food production, including those such as recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH). Livestock, especially cattle, are injected with hormones to make them grow faster or increase their production of milk in order to increase profits. Concerns have grown about the health ramifications these hormones have on humans, as well as the potential ramifications that pesticides have. Herbicides (chemicals used to kill weeds) are the most commonly used pesticide, and millions of tons are used in America every year. Next time you're at the grocery store, you may find more sustainable foods to be the ideal choice for both your health and the environment!

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