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Five Things You Might Not Know About Food

Most people are so removed from their food that there are many things you might not know about what we eat. The more you know, the better food choices you can make. Here are five things that could spark an interest in knowing more about your food.

Chickens are Not Vegetarians

I am always amazed when I see packaging labels on chicken that says they are vegetarian fed. I guess it’s a marketing ploy to appeal to those who want cruelty free food, but chickens are not vegetarians. Healthy chickens eat bugs, worms, mice, little snakes, and all sorts of critters they find in the pasture and woods. Vegetarian fed chickens are probably fed grain, which is processed and not what chickens naturally eat.

Fresh Eggs Don’t Have to Be Refrigerated

Eggs are refrigerated in the USA (not in other countries) because they have been washed and sprayed with chemicals to prevent salmonella. When eggs are raised in clean, healthy environments, this is not necessary. The washing increases the risk of contamination because wetting the shell makes conditions better for bacterial growth and penetration of the shell. Egg shells are strong enough to keep an embryo intact and disease free for 21 days until the chick hatches. So fresh eggs don’t require refrigeration.

Some Bottled Salad Dressings Contain An Ingredient Found in Paint

Titanium dioxide gives paint and sunscreen their white color. It’s also found in salad dressings, cake, and candies. There haven’t been a lot of studies done on titanium dioxide safety. Those that have been completed show conflicting evidence about safety. Still, France is considering banning it as it’s associated with increased risk of inflammatory bowel disease.

Almond Milk is Not “Health Food”

Almond milk is made up for 4 to 5 almonds, water, vitamins, and additives. It’s processed food, not a healthy alternative to cow’s milk. If you like milk and want a healthier option, try goat milk. It’s easier to digest and natural.

Shredded Cheese Contains Wood Pulp

That all natural parmesan cheese that you’re eating can be called “natural” despite containing wood pulp because trees are natural. Wood pulp is added to keep it from clumping together. If you see “cellulose” on the label, know that the other name is wood pulp. Next time you might want to shred your own.

These are just a few things that the average person probably doesn’t know. It pays to be a label reader and to know what can be omitted from labels. A good rule of thumb is to choose foods that are on the outside aisles of the grocery store. Growing your own food also helps to educate you about what is natural and what is not.

If you want to make animism a lifestyle, it pays to know a little about how food is grown, sourced, and created. This knowledge can help you make wiser choices about what to eat as it impacts not only your body, but the environment too.

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