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SURPIRSING FOOD FACTS

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Read on and be surprised. This will show you that what we think we eat may, in fact, not be quite what we really end up consuming.

1. Coffee Creamer

Believe it or not, many white-colored foods, such as coffee creamer, powdered sugar, candy, chewing gum, and ranch dressing often contain titanium dioxide to make their color even whiter and more opaque. The same chemical is often used in the production of paint, paper, plastic, toothpaste, and sunscreen. On food packaging, titanium dioxide is often labeled as E171. While generally considered safe in cosmetics and around the home, there is some evidence suggesting that it may be a carcinogen when inhaled. There is little information about the safety of titanium dioxide in foods, with some research suggesting that it may be absorbed into the bloodstream, which is why France declared that it will ban titanium dioxide in foods in 2020.

2. Skittles

Another common food dye is carmine (or carminic acid). It is a red dye, so you’ll be able to find it in a variety of red or pink-colored foods and cosmetics, such as fruit drinks, ice cream, yogurt, Skittles, pink or red candy, eyeshadow, and lipstick. What most people aren’t aware of is that this dye is produced from crushed up carcasses of the Dactylopius coccus beetle. The dye is safe to eat for most people, apart from those who are allergic to carmine, but it’s certainly reasonable to question whether one needs crushed up beetles in food, especially since the only contribution of carmine in foods is the color.

3. Fruit

Did you know that your food is covered by the same wax they used to polish cars? It’s true, carnauba wax, also known as palm wax or Brazil wax, is derived from the Copernicia prunifera palm. Sweets, such as gummy bears, pills and vitamins, as well as fruits are commonly coated with this wax to make them appear glossier and shinier. The same wax is used as shoe polish, car polish and even in flooring and furniture waxes. Though considered safe for human consumption, as it doesn’t get digested and simply passes through the human digestive system, palm wax does seem to have a poor environmental impact. Also, the necessity of the wax, at least in some foods, such as fruit, is questionable.

4. Soda

Soda has a number of harmful effects on the human body, but it’s certainly eye-opening to find out that only 1 can of soda contains more added sugar than the whole recommended daily intake of sugar. There are 39 grams of sugar in 1 can of soda, which is 9 grams more than the 25-gram daily sugar intake recommendation.

5. Almond Extract

Almond extract is rarely made of real almonds. Instead, the slightly bitter and nutty taste is derived from stone fruits, such as apricot or cherry pits. The compound called benzaldehyde, more commonly known as bitter almond oil, is what’s providing the almond flavor, and it typically comes from apricots, plums, peaches, and cherries.

6. White Chocolate

White chocolate shouldn’t actually be called chocolate either, as it doesn’t contain cocoa powder at all, the key ingredient in all chocolates. The only common ingredient in dark and white chocolate is cocoa butter, which gives chocolate its creaminess. White chocolate also contains vanilla, dairy products, and sugar.

7. Burger Patties

Hamburgers are made of ground beef, and the origins of this very beef are not only difficult to pinpoint, but they’re also much ‘wider’ than you’d expect. According to a Washington Post article, one burger patty, or one portion of store-bought ground meat can be part of hundreds of animals. This isn’t dangerous per se, but this does make it very difficult to regulate and recall meat in an economic fashion when a threat has been detected.

8. Crackers

Crackers and biscuits get dissolved in your mouth and turn into a sticky paste that gets between your teeth, becoming the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and the cause for gum infections and cavities. That’s why it’s best to least rinse your mouth after eating a biscuit, or ideally – brush your teeth.

9. Ketchup

Nowadays, we know that ketchup isn’t the healthiest of condiments, as it is loaded with added sugar and tons of preservatives, but back in the 1800s, when ketchup was fresh and new, so to speak, people believed that it has medicinal properties and can cure diarrhea and indigestion.

10. Wasabi

Wasabi is related to horseradish and mustard, and it has a similar taste to horseradish – a resemblance that’s often abused, as it turns out. In fact, over 90% of the wasabi you can find in Europe or the US is just dyed horseradish and not the Japanese stuff. Real wasabi is grown in quite limited quantities and is very expensive, which is why most restaurants resort to the cheaper equivalent.

11. Salmon

In the wild, salmon feed primarily on krill and shrimp, which have that pinky color thanks to a compound called astaxanthin. As a result, the flesh of wild salmon becomes infused with this pink, as well as numerous vitamins that come with it. Farmed salmon have a different diet than their wild counterparts, which is why farmers feed the fish carotenoid dyes to tint their flesh a familiar pink hue.

12. Grated Cheese

If you ever read the ingredient list of grated cheese or some cereals, you may have encountered an ingredient called cellulose. In cheese, it’s used to prevent clumping, whereas in cereals it’s just a bulking agent advertised as ‘fiber’. What cellulose really is, is sawdust, and manufacturers have been using it since the 1970s to cut production costs. Needless to say, sawdust is absolutely unnecessary in food of any sort and it can be replaced by more nutritious ingredients. Unlike flour or wheat, cellulose has no health benefits whatsoever, hence the misleading advertising regarding fiber.

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The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.

Author: txnaturalpediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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