|Posted on October 9, 2019 at 11:35 AM|
What chemicals are in the food we eat?
Chemicals are used in every step of the process that
puts food on our table: production, harvesting,
processing, packing, transport, marketing and
consumption and can be dangerous to our health.
Some of these chemicals remain in our food and
many persist in the environment and our bodies for
decades to come.
Preservatives are added to many processed
foods including breads, cereals, and meat.
Studies have found additives are a source of
headaches, nausea, weakness and difficulty
breathing. New research has shown that they
may damage human nerve cells. We do not fully
understand all of the long-term effects that additives
could have on our health because synthetic additives
are a relatively new invention.
Certain fish contain toxic chemicals called
Perchlorinated biphenyls (PCBs-which have been
banned but remain in our environment and end up in
our food system) or heavy metals such as mercury.
PCBs can damage the developing brain and have
been linked to behavioral disorders. Heavy metals
like mercury may lower IQ and also cause visual or
Food packaged in plastic may contain phthalates or
other harmful chemicals. As the chemicals can seep
from the packaging into the food itself. Research has
linked phthalates to behavioral disorders.
How can we avoid toxics in food?..... https://www.psr.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/toxic-chemicals-in-our-food-system.pdf
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