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By Chris Sovey, RN,BSN
NOTE: THE FOLLOWING IS AN OPINION PIECE, AND IS FOR EDUCATIONAL AND ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY. THESE OPINIONS ARE BASED SOLELY ON SPECULATION AND OBSERVATION OF PREVIOUS FOOD INDUSTRY PRACTICES.
Pringles were first sold in the U.S. in 1967. Since then, they have become quite the junk food staple. The public is aware they are the epitome of junk food, yet we continue to consume them. If you love Pringles, the video below will likely not change your mind about consuming them, but I hope that it will certainly shed some light on the true nature and power of preservatives.
As you will also notice in this video, junk food is more complicated than it was back in the early days of McDonald’s and other processed foods like Pringles. As the mechanization and industrialization of our food supply continues to flourish, new variables are introduced that pose potential increasing health threats and unknowns over time.
Compared to 40-50 years ago, most processed foods now contain multiple artificially-derived ingredients. In addition, several of these ingredients have been sourced from (largely untested) genetically-modified components.
The purpose of this video is to highlight a shocking visual of chemical preservatives. I hope that as you watch this video, it will encourage you to consider the following:
- Just because a governmental organization such as the FDA deems a chemical ingredient to be safe, is it so? (Keep in mind that the FDA has intimate connections and blurred, overlapping lines with food production giants, such as Monsanto.)
- Given the increasing complexity of our food supply, how serious is the threat of food additives to our health over time?
- What effects do concurrent, multiple food additives pose once introduced to the human body?
- Greater than 6.7 million women in the U.S. are now unable to carry a baby to full-term in a given year. (3) This rate continues to rise. Fertility rates have declined by nearly 20% since 1990. (4) How significant is the role of environmental factors, such as processed foods, playing in this disturbing phenomenon?
- Several sources have demonstrated that processed foods and food additives are linked to weight gain (2) and behavioral disorders in children such as ADD / ADHD (1). What other unknowns exist with these ingredients when we introduce them into our bodies?