It turns out, my good American friends, your cans are lined with BISPHENOL A, which, if you don't know, is a fucking disaster. Bisphenol A, or BPA, was used ALL over the place, a mere few years ago. It was a very popular plastic. It was even used in our BABY BOTTLES. You know--those things we heated breast milk or formula in for our precious little people?
BPA exhibits hormone-like properties that raise concern about its suitability in consumer products and food containers. Since 2008, several governments have questioned its safety, which prompted some retailers to withdraw polycarbonate products. A 2010 report from the United States Food and Drug Administration(FDA) warned of possible hazards to fetuses, infants, and young children. In September 2010, Canada became the first country to declare BPA a toxic substance. The European Union, Canada, and recently the United States have banned BPA use in baby bottles.
(Source: Wikipedia, "Bisphenol A")
The federal government on Wednesday formally added BPA, as it is commonly known, to its toxic substances list based on concern about possible risk to fetuses and babies. The man-made chemical has been shown in scientific experiments to mimic the hormone estrogen, and is not naturally found in the environment.
(Source: The Globe And Mail, "Canada The First To Declare BPA Toxic")
Bisphenol A is used to line the inside of cans, to prevent corrosion. Canada banned the use of BPA in baby bottles in 2010. But...is it still being used in our canned goods???
Okay, back to the news article I was watching...
So anyhoo, here are our innocent kids, running around with fat being abnormally stored in their abdomens. Oh...oopsy, this may be caused by lining our canned food with this shitty lab chemical!
I became so pissed off.
You know how there's this undercurrent of opinion that it's the obese person's fault that they are fat? That they're just lazy, and they need more willpower? And yet, our food has become so hideously, heinously engineered, and so filled with phony estrogens, and things that totally screw up our hormones, and additives that light up our brains, that essentially our processed food has become as addictive as heroine.
But that's okay--push yourself away from your plate, Sally. It's all YOUR fault.
And Even though you thought you were doing an okay thing by cracking open a can of soup for dinner for you and your family, turns out you were wrong.
Nobody told you.
Too bad, so sad.
Have you struggled with your weight for years? Do you eat way less than the skinny people you know? Do you go for walks and try to lift weights several times a week, and yet you still suffer from horrible PMS, and you can NOT lose weight no matter how hard you tried? Is that junk food so addictive to you that there is no way you can resist it, and then when you give in to it, you feel enormous shame and self loathing?
I'm so pissed off.
You should be pissed off too.
I picked up this book from the library recently:
And then I bought a copy of it myself. I know, I know--this is the part where you get leery. karen's all big on exercise now. She's as annoying as a born-again-anything. I'm not going to lecture/pester/harp about exercise. I've always been super interested in food, nutrition, and how food affects our bodies and minds. That's MY pet obsession. Maybe in my next life I'll actually fork out the thousands of dollars to become a Dietitian.
Please, please, please, I'm BEGGING you: find this book and read it.
Get it from your library. Get it for your kindle, or whatever electronic thing you use to read books. Please, as a woman, as a man, as a mother, as a father: please read this book, because we need to regain some power, and not be at the mercy of our horribly greedy food industry. Please! Tell your friends to read it, or read it and tell them what you've read!
Can I bore you with an obsession I now have thanks in larger part to the book, and previously to sneaking suspicions?
GLUCOSE-FRUCTOSE. That's what we call it in Canada and Europe. In the U.S. it is known as HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP. It is a cheap sweetener, derived from corn, that our food industry loves to use in place of real sugar to MAXIMIZE their profits.
Back in the 1970's, in the United States, there was a surplus of corn. What ever shall we do with all this corn? Why, I know! Let's grind it down and turn it into this cheap syrup! Hooray!
Do you know what fructose does? It actually switches off the hormone in your body that tells you when you're full. OH, we have lots of hormones in our bodies, and more than just the estrogen, progesterone etc, buddies we already knew about. One hormone tells us when we're hungry (grehlin), another tells us when we're full (leptin).
SO, if you eat some food with that nasty glucose-fructose in it, it won't let that hormone tell you you're full. Poof, you need to eat, and eat, and eat. HOW DO YOU LIKE THEM APPLES???
So what? THEY say that in low levels it won't affect me. But: that shit's in everything. Go ahead. Go read the labels on your yogurt, your cereal, your crackers, your cookies, your WHOLE WHEAT BREAD, that fibre bran bar you thought was a healthy snack...
Okay...forget about BPA and GLUCOSE-FRUCTOSE. Here's another nice story I learned in that there book up above that I will paraphrase for you. Imagine a tomato. It's been picked too early, because it has to make a long, long journey to your grocery store. So, it's green. But we don't buy green tomatoes, we buy nice, red ones. Better make it red. Do you know how they do that? They spray it with a gas that speeds up the ripening process. And nevermind all the horrendous things that tomatoes already been sprayed with to keep the bugs off it...
Oh...by the way...that gas? It's also used to euthenize pets.
Are you getting pissed off yet?
Oh, and soy. That shit's in everything too. So what? They eat so much soy in China and Japan, and the incidences of certain cancers are way lower. Soy must be good for you. Well yeah, it's okay in forms closer to its original, like tofu, or fermented soy products. But, our food industry buddies said; hey! Soy is good! It lowers cancer! Let's take it to our food labs and turn it into a FRANKENFOOD, and put it in EVERYTHING!
Well, that's nice. It mimics estrogen you know. Sorry, little boys of the world.
Okay...so let's see...terrible, reprehensible chemical lining our cans: CHECK!
- soy, and other phony estrogens assaulting us at every turn, messing with our own hormone balance: CHECK!
- glucose-fructose in EVERYTHING, making us eat more and more, carving a nice neat path to insulin resistance and Type 2 Diabetes! CHECK!
These are only just a few examples of how our food has been horribly engineered to keep us addicted, keep profits high, and keep us from knowing about all the garbage that we eat every day!
Throw into the mix all those stupid chemicals THEY think we should buy: horrible things to make our homes smell like perfume, toxic things to make our toilet bowls so "clean" we could drink out of them (except for the poison)! Hand sanitizers, toxic cleaners, tooth pastes and bath washes filled with nasty, nasty things...
Oh my! Are you fat yet?
Hey everyone: let's give up. Let's throw in the towel. If you can't beat em', join em', right? I mean, everything's gonna give us cancer anyway, right?
Not me. Not this kid. Uh-uh. No way.
But there's way too much to talk about in one ranty little post. Just read the book.
* If we choose ORGANIC we let them know how we feel!
* If we choose foods with NO GLUCOSE-FRUCTOSE we let them know how we feel!
*I write letters to companies now, asking them why they just can't use plain old fashioned SUGAR.
* NO trans fats for me and my family! And that means it can NOT say "hydrogenated" ANYTHING in the ingredients!
Oh, this is all too scary and depressing. Let's make some drawings.
Just read it. Please.