The FDA and government have our health in their best interest, right?
Wrong! Did you know that back in 1958, a law was enacted that food additives were guaranteed to be safe? It was called the Food Additives Amendment. When this law as enacted, there were only about 800 additives. Now we have close to 10,000! To be fair, Congress didn’t know how technology in the food industry would change, but this amendment created a huge problem.
Why is it a problem?
The Amendment makes it so that additives that are commonly used in food are exempt from FDA approval as long as they are considered “generally recognized as safe”. This is also known as GRAS. During the time,\ when this law was enacted, Congress thought that many obvious ingredients and additives weren’t worth the time to approve or test. So they left the testing up to the food companies. This allowed the food companies to add whatever they chose, as long as it is “generally recognized as safe”. They do their own testing, which I’m sure is very biased. The tests are mainly done on animals and usually for a short time period. If they feel its safe enough, they add it! Apparently, over 3,000 chemicals have never even been reviewed by the FDA. Scary, huh?!
So, I don’t know about you, but after learning about this law, I want to be careful to select foods with as little additives as possible (preferably none!). It is scary to think what impact these additives could have on our bodies in the long term, so I think it’s best to avoid them.