What’s Really in Your Food?

September 15, 2011 · 29 comments

Sometimes, while getting ready for work in the morning, I watch Saved by the Bell reruns. Sometimes, I switch it to Boy Meets World. For the rest of the time, I’m tuned into The Doctors.

The Doctors should know the quality television they’re up against in this crucial time slot.

Yeah, the Doctors isn’t something I’d watch on a daily basis nor is it something I would TiVo, but it does hit me with some pretty goshdarn interesting facts sometimes.

Like the recent episode, What’s Really in Your Food?


Docta Trav, (yeah, the one who was The Bachelor and dated Carrie Underwood for a while) says that since we are what we eat, we should choose food with natural ingredients. Makes sense, right?

The Dirty Dozen:

A group of foods that are harder to clean. Therefore, they have a higher number of pesticides and toxins on them. Gross. Celery, peaches, strawberries, apples, blueberries, nectarines, bell peppers, spinach, kale, cherries, potatoes, and grapes are the “Dirty Dozen,” so it’s recommended we buy them organic.


If you’re like me, you’re now saying “uh, yeah, if I had the money to drop on organic produce every week.” But think of it this way – why not spend the money now so you’re not spending it on the medical attention later?

It makes sense. They noted some other pretty scary stuff, too…

Potentially Dangerous Ingredients in Our Food:

Propylene Glycol – found in many baked goods, cake mixes, fast food tacos and even some salad dressings and condiments. Guess where it’s also found? Anti-freeze, and engine coolant. Gross?!

Acrylamide – found in potato chips, crisps and french fries. In high levels. Also found in CIGARETTE SMOKE. It’s a cancer-causing chemical that forms in carbohydrate-rich foods (like potatoes) when fried or baked at very high temperatures.

And here’s another note. Scientists have found that 30% of cancer cases arise from dietary resources. That’s not so low.

Food Dyes – I had no idea about this one. Did you know they have been linked to ADHD and allergies? Red #3 has also been acknowledged by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a carcinogen, but is still found in some processed foods.

Dangerous Food Dyes to Avoid: Red #40, Red #3, Yellow #5, Yellow #6, and Blue #1.

 (Dear Daner, thank you for crying in a bar at some point in college so I could use this picture for my blog. I love you and your cute pout.)

Watch your fruit snacks, kids. Careful with those chips, and spend a little extra to buy organic. I’d venture a guess that it’ll be worth it.

Thank you to the Doctors for brightening up my morning routine with such important information an average of three days a week.

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