Warning Signs That You Should Avoid Buying Food at the Grocery Store
The word food is derived from the Greek words keratoi ( Grain) andi (grain). Food is any substance eaten to give nutrition to an organism’s living system. In humans, food is generally of animal, plant or even fungal origin and comprises various essential nutrients, including protein, vitamins, carbohydrates, fats, salts or sugars. The human body needs a wide range of food types to survive; however it can only obtain most of its calories from the five main food groups.
The modern food supply is highly varied and there is a great variety in the way it is prepared, stored and eaten. For example, in the US the major suppliers of food are flour, cereals, sugar, milk, cereals, cookies, potato chips, lunch meats, hot dogs, processed meats, snack foods, frozen foods and frozen vegetables. There are some things that we cannot get enough of. This has resulted in a food supply that is far more varied than in any other part of the world. This has resulted in obesity and health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, tooth decay, cancer, tooth decay, kidney stones and premature births.
In addition, with so much variety, the number of additives and preservatives used to improve flavor, texture or color has increased dramatically over the years. Today’s ‘foods’ are primarily filled with chemical additives and preservatives to enhance their appeal. Food additives are generally recognized by the FDA as safe for human consumption. However, food manufacturers are not always legally required to label these additives. Some of the more common artificial ingredients found in foods include artificial flavorings, colors, flavoring, artificial sweeteners, salt, sodium saccharin, and pepsin. Foods containing large amounts of artificial ingredients and preservatives are more likely to be unhealthy and are known to contribute to obesity.
According to the International Food Information Council, an international food information council, sugar contributes to the majority of overweight and obesity cases in the world. Artificial sweeteners such as saccharine are also considered harmful additives. The use of coloring and flavorings in food products has become more widespread over the past 20 years. Flavors such as vanilla and caramel are widely used because they are easily perceived. Other artificial ingredients such as saccharin have been linked to serious health conditions such as cancer and kidney disease.
Another problem with many people buying food at the grocery store is that they do not take the time to read the ingredients label. Many ingredients that appear to be natural are in fact synthetic chemicals and additives. Chemicals commonly used as food additives include formaldehyde and ethylene oxide. One common food additive that is used in many foods is ammonium phosphate. This ingredient is commonly used as a stabilizer, but it can also cause an imbalance in the pH level of the foods that it is added to.
These food additives should be avoided at all costs. Avoiding food additives is not difficult to do. Simply look for food that has a lot of fresh vegetables and fruits. Also look for foods that contain high levels of protein. High levels of protein are necessary to get the vitamins and minerals that your body needs to stay healthy. These are all important tips to remember when you buy food at the store.