People are exposed to such chemicals day in and day out, whether it is in the air or touching skin, but not until recently have people consumed and digested them. Just by looking at a list of ingredients, one can see the vast amount of unknown compounds compiled on a food label. These chemicals have the sole purpose of preserving the flavor and making the product last longer. Some may argue that these chemicals are helpful from a convenience point of view, and increases shelf life, but studies have shown that these chemicals are linked to cancer and other disease, which is a big price to pay for small reward. For example, according to the World Health Organization, sodium nitrite, a preservative in processed meats, is linked to an 18 percent increase chance in colorectal cancer, . Many would wonder why no regulations have been passed to stop production of food such as this. They have been, just not in the United States. In America, the aspect on synthetics food additives is much different from countries in Europe, as Cindy Morgan explains. “In Europe, you have to prove your food additive is safe before it put on the shelves, but in America, things are assumed safe unless proven otherwise.” States have tried to pass laws mandating the labeling of synthetic ingredients, but large food corporations bully the government out of doing such a thing. For example, in 2013, Connecticut
Human beings survived in the distant past without the usage of these chemicals in our foods and I believe the additives in our foods are there and still not banned mainly because of economics and power and multi million dollar corporations who profit from placing these chemicals in foods that we consume, because the cost of production is lowered so much more for these corporations for exploiting these cheap unhealthy chemicals in the foods people consume and they are the only ones benefiting from placing these harmful chemicals in peoples foods and drinks. It has been proven from the studies mentioned in this paper that food additives and preservatives cause many disorders such as ADHD and I ask myself why are the chemicals still in the foods we eat? while majority of people know that it is unethical to use chemicals in the foods that human beings consume that cause and trigger many problems and disorders in certain people with certain age
The food industry has been a big impact to people's lives by changing the way they feel, the way they are on weight and the appearance they show after eating the unhealthy products. In the article “When a Crop Becomes King” by Michael Pollan there is a quote that explains “To keep it well fed and safe from predators we douse it with chemicals that poison our water and deepen our dependence on foreign oil.” this means that some food products are covered with chemicals so insects won’t be be around it. Pollan let his readers know the truth behind the scenes with unhealthy food products to show that we should not eat at fast food restaurants since it is not real nutrients and healthy to your body. Most people do not know the kind of chemicals there are in the foods at any place you go because they do not research the supplements that are in them, they do not care and just eat what taste good to
We firmly believe that much of the food that harms the health of present-day generations is rooted in a diet that is highly processed, which is loaded with chemical preservatives and a great source of toxicity.
Smoking added to excessive alcohol consumption increases the risk of these cancers even more. A maximum of four drinks a day for men and two drinks for women is recommended. Surprisingly enough, frequent consumption of smoked cured and nitrate preserved meats has also been shown to cause cancer. The codes of 249, 250, 251, and 252 on labels of corned beef, bacon, and smoked sausage indicate that the meat has been cured or preserved. These products increase the risk of stomach cancer and should be eaten in moderation. (http://www.petermac.unimelb.edu.au/DIET.html)
Food companies are worried less about what people are consuming, and what it is doing to their bodies. Companies are worried more about convenience, cost, and efficiency. Companies making food know with the substantial amount of chemicals that are available companies can stockpile millions of chemicals into one batch of food and make it cheaper, and taste the same. It is becoming extremely convenient for people to go to a gas station grab food filled with chemicals, and leave. Chemicals in food are only going to progressively get more out of
There has also been a shift in marketing for these harmful products, most of which is funded by the lobbyist for these unhealthy foods. There are pharmaceutical companies and food companies that fund organizations such as the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association and even the American cancer society, this is a complete conflict of interest. (What the Health) These companies are advertising their products, for example Danon on the American Cancer Website, when we know that Dairy has strong links to breast cancer! (What the Health) As a direct result our population has become sick, and unhealthy and disease prone. There has been an exponential increase in diabetes and heart related issues, as well as cancer. My generation in particular has been exposed to this nonsense as children, in the school system. This is still happening today and it is a huge problem. We might be the first generation to not outlive our parents. (What the Health) The historical play in view of food and consumerism in my generation has played a big part in my historical sociological imagination.
But no less than in our DNA, the sights, scents, and rituals of meat eating are in our cultural DNA" (The War of Delicious pg. 5). Meat in today's culture is no longer healthy for humans, we do not realize this because as it states in the quote, 'eating meat is in our cultural DNA'. Meat is no longer healthy for humans because it is all processed and has artificial materials in it. "On October 26, the WHO officially identified processed meat as a Group 1 carcinogen, meaning the quality of the evidence firmly links to cancer" (The War of Delicious pg.1). Cancer?! Who knew that what we, as humans, were eating could actually give us cancer and could kill us? Some of the reasons processed meats cause cancer are because of nitrates and nitrites, heme iron, and high temperatures. When handling meat we must be extremely cautious when it comes to high temperatures and meats it comes very dangerous because meat that is cooked at high heat can produce carcinogens. What is the cancer risk of eating processed meats? The cancer risk is if you eat 50 grams per day of processed meats. This
In populations where there was consumption of unprocessed red meat and processed meats, showed higher rates of developing cancer than those who have a high fiber, plant based diet like those of vegetarian or vegan diet. A study conducted in Germany showed that those with a plant based diet had a 40% reduced chance of developing cancer versus those who were regular meat eaters. Processed meat are products including: bacon, hot dogs, and deli meats.
Meat on the other hand has a possible risk for developing cancer, especially red meat. One theory as to why red meat is associated with cancer lies in the preparation of the meat. The thought is that most
Corporations that produce processed foods add so many chemicals that can damage the body in ways that are deadly. Important organs to the body can be destroyed by consuming too much of the chemicals. Some of these chemicals can even cause or increase the chance of getting cancer. A lot of restaurants have the infamous sign that states “This product contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer.” People would see this in the restaurants they consume from but wouldn’t question it or even stop consuming the toxic food. At this point people have stopped investing in the betterment of their own health and lives. They believe they can’t change, it’s too hard for them to stop, or they have no choice because it’s their only option. So once a person gets ill from consuming all the chemicals in processed foods they turn to their health care provider for medical assistance but they would do anything to not waste money and not cover any medical cost. When health care companies waste money for doctors appointments, medicine, or any treatment they might need they start looking for loopholes so they won’t be responsible for the bills. The insurance companies would sometimes blame the client and name it a pre existing condition because they don’t cover cases like those.. Many health insurance companies don’t cover it when it is pre
With this increase in the productivity of farmers, came a proliferation of food processing industries and fast food restaurants. These food processing industries and restaurants capitalized on the abundant, overly cheap commodity crops to their advantage; to make profit, and to the disadvantage of poor Americans. During processing of these commodity crops, the natural nutrients that give these foods their natural flavors are destroyed. To replace these, food additives and flavorings are added to restore their taste and prolong their shelf life. Often these chemicals contain some harmful elements that affect the way our bodies use food. These highly processed foods, dense in calories,
Processed meats, red meats, and a list of many other types can cause cancer, according to researchers. Scientists put lots of research into this controversial topic and found that eating these certain types of meat are are linked to cancer. This does not mean that eating meat is as bad for you as smoking, but if eaten often enough, the effects can be the same. Red meat is only a probable carcinogen, not as bad as other processed meats like hot dogs. The more of this meat consumed, the higher the risk of getting cancer is. They are not sure if all red meats are equally bad yet. Even with all the research on this topic, people aren’t going to stop eating this bad meat. While there are ways to incorporate healthier options into our diet, people
A group of 22 scientist they performed more than 800 studies from countries and the result of all of this studies was published in the journal Lancet Oncology. What has made targeted to these foods are substances that are processed. Nitrates, usually in sausages, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and heterocyclic amines, which are found in meat processed with heat treatment or iron heme, present in red meat, are substances whose intake is already limited and controlled by the legislation but, with this measure, intended to take population awareness about its importance and renew industrial
According to the article “Diet and Physical Activity: What’s the Cancer Connection?” by The American Cancer Society, a poor diet and inactivity can increase your risks of getting cancer. A research shows that among all cancers diagnosed in the U.S, about 20 percent of them are related to body fatness, physical inactivity, excess alcohol consumption, and poor nutrition. These causes can be prevented by developing a healthy lifestyle. Managing your weight and having a well-balanced diet are very beneficial for reducing cancer risk, even they can help with cancer survivors. When choosing a meal, beware of the portion size and try to limit the intake of food high in calories, fat, and added sugar. In addition, processed meat, red meat, and refined