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Old January 7th, 2013, 06:59 PM
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In America especially, there are all sorts of additives and chemicals allowed that aren't in other developed countries. It just makes me feel unsettled about the food that I'm eating, there are relatively few things that when you read the ingredients label won't include some chemical or word you can't properly read without a thesaurus. I like to buy organic and simple products with little to no additives. It just sucks that in order to have clean food you're forced to pay more.
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Old February 1st, 2013, 11:47 AM
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In America especially, there are all sorts of additives and chemicals allowed that aren't in other developed countries. It just makes me feel unsettled about the food that I'm eating, there are relatively few things that when you read the ingredients label won't include some chemical or word you can't properly read without a thesaurus. I like to buy organic and simple products with little to no additives. It just sucks that in order to have clean food you're forced to pay more.
See this is what the real problem is. Having to pay that much more for organic/locally sourced foodstuffs only keep the cycle going. And major food distributors and companies want to keep it that way. Thus keeping unhealthy items on out shelves.
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Old February 1st, 2013, 10:36 PM
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Here is one study. This is the abstract:
That study's conclusion seems to be that "the increase in consumption of [fake sugar has a direct correlation with obesity], and the overconsumption of [fake sugar in] calorically sweetened beverages may play a role in the epidemic of obesity." I don't see how that has anything to do with addiction.

Also, I take contention with "obesity is an epidemic." What a load. Is being fat like being a burn victim or getting cancer now? There's no more an "obesity epidemic" than there is a "homosexuality epidemic" or an "atheism epidemic." Obesity's not a disease; depending on the person it's either a lifestyle choice or it's the result of a legitimate medical problem, and the latter's not going to have much to do with diet, anyway, so it's not even within the scope of that study. Every time I hear the phrase "obesity epidemic," I feel like smacking someone. With some KFC.
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