Regulation Before Restriction Essay

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“Americans spend about ninety percent of their food budget on processed foods, which, unlike whole foods, have been treated, stripped, altered, or refined in some way after being harvested or butchered (“Additives”).” Most food industries believe preservatives make food last longer. More importantly, preservative are cheaper and therefore better for the company’s budget. Although, organic ingredients and foods would be more expensive, and because of this, we have the ultimate question: what is your value based on, your money or your health? By spending less money, we are able to save our wallet, but by spending more money, we are able to save our body. So what is the “cost” oh keeping preservatives legal? The cost is far too many lives and…show more content…
While there are benefits in preservatives in order to preserve shelf life, these preservatives could also negatively impact your vital organs causing decline in their functions. Are preservatives and additives like this helping or hindering? Even foods which most would consider to be “preservative free” and “healthy” often contains those additives. Take salad as an example, most Americans consider it a healthy lunch. But it does not cross the average American’s mind that something supposedly healthy such as salad would bring issues due to the preservatives that were once present in them. Anastasia Toufexis, Time Magazine author, informs us that sulfites were put in salads and vegetables to keep them from wilting and discoloring. However, in the 1980s, the FDA took control and limited the intake of sulfites by mandating “that foods containing more than 10 parts per million of sulfites must list this information on the food label. (Robin)” The FDA has yet to ban them, they simply require food companies to list them on the label. Currently, most Americans also see the protein foods or meal replacement shakes they eat after working out or to lose weight as healthy; however, most of these are also full of preservatives. Men’s Fitness focuses on the food that people eat it without thinking because it says it is meant to help fitness. People are unaware that the majority of the ingredients in “health foods” are still acids, preservatives, and mostly, sugar. This fact leads the
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