I am SO sick of reading labels. I think it’s ridiculous that there are so many chemicals that have yet to PROVE they are safe, yet admitted into the food supply. I walk into conventional grocery stores and get so discouraged. I’m frustrated that I feel on guard walking into what I believe should be a source of health for our community.
Now that I know what some chemicals do to us, I can’t go back. I am shocked that our country allows us to still consume foods that are BANNED in the European Union, Asia, Australia, and other parts of the world. Banned. Not just recommended to not eat, but banned.
While I would love to sign every petition there is to ban these chemicals in our food supply, I also am a realist and know it’s virtually impossible to avoid some of these in our conventional world. My goal is to share with you what I’ve learned, and hopefully you can avoid some, if not all of these ingredients.
Last week we ran out of bread, and the nearest grocery store does not carry my favorite bread for the kids (no, they’re still not gluten free…maybe someday). My hubby lovingly ran out for me and grabbed what he thought was healthy bread, but in fact was still a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
I cannot stress enough, do your research on labels! Read the ingredients.
Let me digress for a moment: There is an app called Buycott that you could try to help you sort through all the stupidity, and is supposed to help you base food-purchase decisions on by the campaigns you can select (e.g. non-GMO, fair-trade, etc). I honestly have yet to integrate it into my grocery shopping experience, because I have two kids who scream at the grocery store, and quite frankly, if I could run through the store slinging cans into my cart, I would.
But back to my point of the article. That wolf in sheep’s clothing came in the form of 100% Whole Wheat bread. But turn that bag over, and what did I find? Chemicals. I don’t care if it’s “Less than 2% of the following ingredients.” It’s still 2% more than what I want for my family. Why? Because it’s still going in our bodies. Because it still might be making us sick. Because it’s still chemicals that I can’t reproduce in my kitchen!
This particular 100% Whole Wheat shell of bread has DATEM in it, which they tout as a dough conditioner. Do you know what DATEM is? When it has an acronym, that means it’s some long, science-y type name, and it’s time to research.
DATEM stands for diacetyl tartaric acid ester of mono- and diglycerides, and may be derived from edible sources, but it’s still “chemically synthesized from soybean oil.”
And why is that important? Ever watch Food, Inc.? Ever hear of Monsanto? Well, they developed a genetically altered soybean that can withstand Roundup, so it will kill the weeds but not the crop itself.
If you haven’t researched genetically modified foods, I encourage you to do so.
Animal studies have shown that genetically modified soybeans are linked to:
- Birth Defects
And unfermented soy in general is not something I want my family consuming for the following reasons:
- Estrogen levels
- Thyroid function
- Inhibits absorption of key nutrients
- May cause other health issues including cancer and pancreatic problems
The bread we love is Rudi’s Organic 100% Whole Wheat bread. I listed their ingredients in the picture. The kids love it, and I love it because it doesn’t have questionable ingredients.
I chose just one ingredient to focus on today, but know there are so many out there, and there are great resources out there like Food Babe and the Environmental Working Group. I wish I had a ton of time to devote to this, and really show you why I’m so passionate about changing our lives. Bread is not a deal-breaker in my house, chemicals are. When our bodies are negatively affected by what we eat, it’s time that I stood up for what I believe is right. Don’t chemically alter my food!!!