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Old 10-31-2013, 12:29 PM   #101
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Originally Posted by chiefzilla1501 View Post
The problem is the food industry is so non transparent that when people hear this, of course they'll freak out. Many don't realize it only gets worse. People can't educate enough as long as the food industry continues to stretch the truth, hide their processes, and if poor labeling makes it impossible to fully know what we are eating.

You're absolutely right. Moderation is fine. But many people try and think they are moderating, but don't because they don't realize they're eating like suit.
I'm mostly railing against the gurus out there that get people all riled up (usually to benefit themselves). A good example is the "Aspartame makes formaldehyde, so therefore a deadly poison" meme.

Formaldehyde is a naturally occurring substance that is in a lot of foods naturally including milk and vegetable juice that our bodies handle just fine. In fact, formaldehyde plays an essential role in our metabolism. It is converted to formate (folic acid) and used to synthesize DNA in the cells. However, since it's toxic when inhaled (or ingested in large doses), the scare-mongers can get everyone would up by shouting "formaldehyde is a poison" or by associating it with embalming fluid for the "ick factor".
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