But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.
The contamination of our food supply is a 'Corruption that is in our world through lust' (2 Peter 1:4). This lust is money, 'For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil' (1 Timothy 6:10).
Money motivates the liberal addition of chemicals to livestock and processed foods. The prize is higher profits. The price is our health. Recall that additives approved in the U.S. are outlawed in Europe. Following are additional chemicals on my 'worst offenders' list. However, I encourage you to do your own research and read food labels.
3) Artificial Colors (such as Blue #1, Blue #2, Citrus Red #1, and Yellow #5) are linked to many diseases like cancer, tumors, nerve damage, hyperactivity, and behavior disturbances in children. Food dyes are added for 'fun' and to cover up damage. European lawmakers now require a warning label on foods with artificial colors, prompting manufacturers to use natural dyes or no dyes instead.
4) Trans Fats (partially hydrogenated vegetable oil) are 'made by adding hydrogen to vegetable oil through a process called hydrogenation, which makes the oil less likely to spoil. Using trans fats in the manufacturing of foods helps foods stay fresh longer, have a longer shelf life and have a less greasy feel' (Mayo Clinic Health). While manufacturers prolong shelf life, they may shorten human life by increasing bad cholesterol.
5) More Bad Guys: High Fructose Corn Syrup (see 'Sweetie Pie' devotion), BHA, BHT, Sodium Nitrite, Sodium Nitrate, Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH), Propyl Gallate, Sodium Benzoate, Benzoic Acid, Potassium Bromate, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), Olestra, Sulfites, Azodicarbonamide, Carrageenan, Ammonium Sulfate, Paraben, and all artificial sweeteners.
If all these chemicals make your head spin, keep it simple. If you see an ingredient in a food you don't understand, buy something else. Everything God makes is good. Everything man fakes is bad.
To Be Continued...
Seven Reason to Hate Artificial Food Dyes
Food Dyes on NPR
10 Worst Food Ingredients
9 Worst Food Ingredients
15 Scariest Food Additives
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Eating Right series.