Food shopping and chemicals…

One of the key pieces of information that I learned through my IIN training was to shop carefully and limit the purchase of processed foods. In most cases in order to process foods, some type of chemical is involved.

Consequently, I look for foods that are whole, minimally processed (if at all), fresh, frozen and organic. Where I sometimes get confused is with labels that claim, natural, all-natural, healthy. According to a Rodale Institute publication (Your pocket guide to grocery store chemicals), this labeling may disguise the fact that there are chemicals that you may not want to consume. Typical chemicals in these foods might include:
Altarzine, Glyphosate, Nitrates, Formaldehyde, Potassium Nitrate, Neonicotinoids, Organophosphates, Antibiotics, Aluminum plus many, many more.

My rule of thumb is to look at items with 5 or less ingredients, and if the list is long and I can’t pronounce the words, it stays on the shelf.

On the other hand, if the label is USDA Organic, I know that this food is grown without chemicals.