The other day I was reading an article about some of the ingredients we find ourselves eating in processed food. The article was not particularly pleasant and briefly detailed some of the clever tricks corporations might employ in order to conceal just what it is they're putting into our food. You might find "sweeteners" that cause diabetes, emulsifiers that bring about neurological disorders, "flavorings" that cause cancer, or "low fat" foods that increase risk of heart disease.
You might think to yourself why? Why are these outlets using ingredients that, in many cases, are widely believed to cause serious health risks? At first glance it could even appear as though there's a concentrated effort to hurt people, but I do not believe this to be the case. Personally I think that competition is one of the primary reasons such poisons find their way into our digestive systems. The outlets in the food industry are locked in a fierce battle for survival, in order to survive they've got to undercut the competition so they turn to the cheapest ingredients they can find. Often times we find that the real ingredient, such as fruit, is more expensive than it's synthetic counterpart.
The corporations find themselves tempting customers to their products with low prices, claims of low fat content or misleading labels such as "all natural." In their attempts to achieve low prices or "low fat same great taste" they find themselves increasing their use of cheap synthetics that trick our minds into thinking them something that they're not, nonetheless our body is missing out on vital nutrients and instead receiving a chemical concoction it was never designed to consume.
One must ask themselves, if competition is good for the economy, but bad for our health then is the economy bad for us? In a world of nations divided against one another we've decided to wage economic war in a bid to secure national sovereignty, but at what cost? If we must sacrifice our livelihood, our happiness and our health then we've already lost that which we were trying to protect.