News broke today that an anonymous source has told CBS news that terrorists are threatening to use Ricin or Cyanide in salad bars at restaurants and other food supplies.
While scare tactics may work on some people, the wiser among us will know that this is all it amounts to – more fear mongering – and an “anonymous source” means no way to prove or disprove the story, completely invalidating its integrity.
Let’s stick with the facts instead. If supposed terrorists want to poison the food supplies they need to get to the back of the queue, as most major food manufacturers have already beaten them to it.
Consume any product containing Aspartame and you’re poisoning your body. Aspartame can cause neurological disorders and is linked to cancer, yet is widely accepted as a sugar substitute. Almost anything non-organic that contains sweeteners (non-sugar) is using aspartame. Next time you buy a diet variation of your favourite soda, check the label then check the studies.
Then there is MSG. Monosodium glutamate is a flavour enhancer that works much like salt. It was outlawed for a while due to its addictive qualities, but it is also a neurotoxin that encourages obesity and cancer. MSG, also seen as E621 on food packaging, has made a come back under many different names, including yeast extract in “natural foods”, senomyx, sodium caseinate, textured protein and autolyzed plant protein.
An even more dangerous chemical additive is sodium nitrite, a chemical used in creating dyes, printing fabrics and bleaching textiles, as well as photographic processing. It is also used as a preservative in meat and fish products. Sodium nitrite triggers aggressive cancers, even in children, yet the FDA and USDA have approved it for human consumption.
The list doesn’t end there either, as genetically modified corn is thought to be incredibly harmful to the human body, and some believe it could lead to mutations in future generations.
You can also find mercury, acrylamides, petrochemicals, pesticide residues and artificial colours that all have extremely detrimental effects on our bodies.
The bottom line is that with so many dubious chemicals in processed food nowadays, a terrorist organisation would have a harder time generating a higher body count than food manufacturers will in the coming years.
If you want to live a healthier life without fear of terrorism, you could start by growing your own food at home in the garden, or visit your local farmer’s market for some wholesome, organic food, and save yourself a few dollars by avoiding restaurants that sell genetically modified foods full of chemicals and preservatives.
Do you believe this terrorist threat? And what about processed food, are you bothered that it is full of chemicals? Let us know by leaving a comment.
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