Have I mentioned I have no respect for the FDA or USDA? You can't trust them. I know, I sound like a crazy, paranoid person, but I am serious. You have to do your own research and find articles and read labels, etc. I read two articles yesterday that were quite disturbing. These don't have to do only with food, but I try to live a healthy lifestyle and these apply to my daily living.
1: Johnson & Johnson to remove dangerous chemicals
Johnson & Johnson, you know, the ones who make BABY products. Here's a quick excerpt:
The key chemicals in question are 1,4 dioxane and the preservative formaldehyde, which is slowly released by a chemical called quaternium-15 to kill bacteria. Both 1,4 dioxane and formaldehyde are probable human carcinogens; formaldehyde also is a skin, eye and respiratory irritant.
Remember when I talked about Aspartame and how it turns to formaldehyde in your body? Well, if I don't want to ingest it, I also don't want to apply it to my skin and certainly not on a baby!
Carcinogens=cancer...awesome. If they are dangerous chemicals, why are they permissible in the first place?
2: Beetle Juice!
As for the second article about beetles, well, when I discussed Michael Pollan's Food Rules he mentions a rule is to not buy anything with any ingredients that a 3rd grader can't pronounce. Here is a perfect example as to why. Turns out, beetles, listed in their scientific name are often in yogurt, ice cream, and make-up among others. Spectacular.
Are you depressed yet? I brought up the Johnson and Johnson article while on the phone yesterday with my veggie loving friend Katie O. She told me about a new all natural, chemical free cleaning product she just purchased. I told her she is going to be my first guest blogger. I know, it's not food related, but hey, we all just want to live long, healthy lives so anything I can learn is beneficial. Get to cleaning and testing those products out so you can tell us all about it, Katie!