With the FDA underfunded, under the gun, and unable to keep up with manufacturers’ constant tweaking of processed foods, consumers are left to their own devices. The simplest way to avoid the whole chemical soup is to opt for the freshest food possible, preferably grown sustainably and without chemicals.
Given the might and reach of the food industry, that is not always easy to do. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a regular target of the food industry’s venom, which reassures me they are on track with their advisories. They recommend avoiding these additives as much as possible: sodium nitrite, artificial sweeteners (Saccharin, Aspartame, Acesulfame-K), caffeine, Olestra and food dyes.
Michael Pollan’s advice is probably easiest to remember: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
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