When you read a food packet do you see any of the following… Benzoate Preservatives, Brominated Vegetable Oil, High Fructose Corn, MSG, Olestra, Shortening, Hydrogenated and Partially Hydrogenated Oils, Nitrate, Sodium Nitrate, Artificial colours, flavourings and sweeteners… (And many others).
This is just a small taste of the “convenience” world we live in. And what are the possible consequences of the consumption of these chemicals? Fatigue, asthma, rashes, headaches, weight gain, dizziness, hallucinations, hormone imbalances, heart disease, liver failure, infertility, strokes, digestive disruption and cancer; to name but a few. Reported in 2011, over 7000 studies have resulted in confirmed findings of a connection between diets of high processed meat and cancer (www.huffingtonpost.com). Pre-packaged food hides many a chemical killer, yet we continue to devour them at an alarming rate; is there a solution to this scary reality, or are we running the risk of never escaping this overwhelming food crisis?
According to www.foodsafetynews.com, the USA; a world super power and the country with access to the best medical, hygiene and food facilities on the planet; has estimated 951,000 million cases of food-related illnesses each year. It is becoming undeniably evident there is an escalating problem, and the number of countries being affected by this epidemic is increasing dramatically each year.
So we read the front of our food packets and trust the production companies with their advertising, but are we now being fooled with phrases such as “low-fat” and “light”? This language is easily misconceived as healthy, while in fact these products may be more harmful to the body than the original. For example, low-fat margarine contains trans fats (linked to heart disease, cancer, infertility and learning disabilities), free radicals (associated with heart disease and cancer), hexane and other solvents (toxic industrial chemicals). Whereas full-fat butter, shunned due to high fat content; is naturally high in CLA (a natural fat burner), and contains saturated fats, which (in moderation) are necessary for a balanced diet. Another relevant example is the common misconception that drinking “diet” labelled cola is a “healthier” option, but the small-print truth actually states an extremely dangerous sweetener is being used to replace real sugar; do you really know what you are putting into your body?
If the body’s cells regenerate and reform with the food we eat, what would you like them to be made of? When shopping, eating out and making food make sure to read the real ingredients, and if there is anything you are unsure about then check it out before you buy. Are you willing to feed yourself and your family an unknown and potentially poisonness substance for the sake of convenience? Try and choose natural, organic and free range alternatives. The sunnah of the Prophet (SAW) is pure, natural and everything in moderation; may Allah grant us the ability to follow this perfect example. InshaAllah. Ameeeeeeeeeeeeeeen.
Serious talk over 🙂 Though I hope this is helpful information – a little step in assisting in the fight against obesity and food related diseases.
Asalaamu Alaykum Dear Brothers & Sisters ❤
Safiyah Esack – 29/07/2013