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Dirty Little Secrets in the Ingredients List

Jul 31, 2017 05:55AM

We know that taking the time to cook from scratch using fresh and wholesome ingredients is a better way to prepare nutritious meals that can heal and sustain us. However, sometimes the effort is just too much after a busy day, so we grab something to eat off the shelf that comes in a jar, can or box. Still wanting to eat healthy, we check the list of ingredients and often find it’s more like a lesson in chemistry with a list of unpronounceable and unrecognizable items.

Some of these ingredients are controversial, and some organizations claim that they can contribute to health issues, even cancer. So, it helps to know what the ingredients are and what the risks might be from consuming them. And this applies to not only the foods we eat but also to the various products we come in contact with, like lotions, cosmetics and cleaners. (Beware because some organizations claiming to offer information have vested interests.)

Following is a list of organizations that evaluate the ingredients in products and point out unhealthy or toxic materials.

  • ewg.org – The Environmental Working Group specializes in the research of toxic chemicals and corporate accountability. They have an app that rates food, cosmetic and sunscreen products. Famous for its annual Dirty Dozen list of foods that contain harmful chemicals, it also provides information on a variety of topics.
  • NongmoProject.org – Provides information about genetically modified products.
  • cspinet.org – The Center for Science in the Public Interest provides evaluations of chemical food additives.
  • OrganicConsumers.org – Represents members and businesses in the natural and organic marketplace.
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