My mother in law, Mickie, is a faithful reader of this blog. She emailed me the following, and I thought it had so many good points that I should just include the whole thing! Below her email I shared my thoughts on the subject: "What's up with the FDA":
"My question is ..What's up with the FDA?
Years ago they told us that Saccharin can cause bladder cancer and issued a Warning.
Now when you look up the long list of artificial sweeteners, it includes Saccharin. They now say that it is considered a "mild carcinogen" and proceed to make a table of how much is considered a safe amount to consume.
There seems to be a public demand for an artificial sweetener so they keep coming up with them. After time passes the FDA admits they are harmful, but eventually allows them to be back on the "safe list" once again. How can this be?
I read an article recently about Folic Acid. The FDA knew it was important for pregnant women to get enough of this, but then the cereal and other food companies started adding it in their products in large amounts. Then one doesn't realize how much they are getting. Anyone that is not pregnant does not need the amount they are sometimes automatically getting. It is now known that it can be harmful in large amounts. Most people don't realize this and the FDA is not helping us at all.
We are all aware of the harm that hydrogenated oil has, even partially hydrogenated. Check the ingredients in a small package of Jiffy cornmeal muffin mix. They are still using fully Hydrogenated Lard in that mix. The FDA is not helping us control the problem here either.
I think we have to be aware that we, as mothers might just have to control the problem ourselves. A lot of mothers are focusing on reading labels on packaged foods these days, which is good. I think we need to continue to research and stay informed on food additives as much as possible. They fluctuate with time.
All this is pretty scary....consuming safe, whole foods should be a matter of utmost importance for every Mother. I commend your efforts in your blog!"
"Some additives could be eliminated if we were willing to grow our own food, harvest and grind it, spend many hours cooking and canning, or accept increased risks of food spoilage. But most consumers today rely on the many technological, aesthetic and convenient benefits that additives provide."
I think many consumers today rely on these benefits because these foods are so readily available! If the FDA didn't allow them to be sold in the stores, then people would go back to the basics of cooking, canning and even growing their own food.
The good news is that, whether the government is promoting and protecting our health or not, we can protect the health of ourselves and our families. Be willing to grow your own food, harvest, grind, cook and can. I'd rather accept those risks than the risks of being "protected" by the FDA.