I was reading an article this morning on Yahoo by Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor for Reuters, which indicates that eating processed foods can cause cancer. The article, Cancer Panel attacks U.S. food subsidies, generally discusses eating unhealthy foods, which I felt was a step in the right direction as it steers us toward eating more fruits and vegetables. This is a good thing IF you are eating fruits and vegetables that are organically grown. To eat conventionally grown fruits and veggies is to take your health into your own hands (see There’s sewage sludge in food?!).
Here in the U.S., "conventionally grown" can take on a whole new meaning, certainly not being what the word "conventional" usually means, which is "based on or in accordance with general agreement, use, or practice". But nowadays, "conventionally grown" is the normal method used in growing fruits and vegetables — that is, using pesticides, fungicides, sewer sludge, radiation, etc., in the growing and preparation of foods. Go figure. And then there are genetically modified foods like corn and soybeans that, by the way, also get fed to animals as well as to us, the consumers.
The article goes on to indicate that processed foods can cause cancer:
"We heavily subsidize the growth of foods (e.g., corn, soy) that in their processed forms (e.g., high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated corn and soybean oils, grain-fed cattle) are known contributors to obesity and associated chronic diseases, including cancer," the report reads.
Soda pop, cookies, French fries, hamburgers, processed shrimp right off the barbie, your favorite steak at your favorite restaurant, ice cream, milk — I’m asking you, where is this unhealthful food NOT?
"This country must not ignore its moral obligation to protect the health of all Americans. We can and must empower individuals to make healthy choices through appropriate policy and legislation, and the panel urges you to use the power of your office toward this life-saving goal," the panel, chaired by Howard University’s Dr. LaSalle Leffall, wrote in a letter to Bush.
So let’s educate each other and then make right choices for ourselves and our families. We can protect our health, and we don’t need to consume processed foods that can cause cancer.
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