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Ignorance Is Bliss Essay

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An individual may live a “care-free” life not knowing substances they’re consuming, but it will be a short one. People, parents particularly need to take responsibility and educate themselves about the ingredients they consume in their daily diets. Even though the FDA regulates ingredients in consumable products and ensures they’re safe for consumption, it should not stop individuals from applying their own common knowledge/research, because a handful of additives/preservatives in US food products have shown via studies severe health risks in humans; Many additives/preservatives are even banned in other countries, resulting in those countries to use natural alternatives. Several food corporations’ will use ambiguous labeling techniques to misconstrue consumers on what they’re actually purchasing.
First and foremost, individuals must on no occasion read the front label of (advertisement/marketing) consumable products and assume it is credible information, because typically there are chary ingredients; many questioned by brilliant researchers. I assume majority of Americans are familiar with artificial food colorings, which are in several cereals (Fruity Pebbles), baking goods (cookies/cakes/frostings) candy and soda (fruit punch/Gatorade). Livestrong says, “Food colorings, such as Blue #1, Blue #2, Yellow #6 and Red #3, are used in numerous food products, such as sodas, baked goods and candy. The Center for Science in the Public Interest reports that all four of the food colorings have been found to contain cancer-causing properties” (Vandermark, 2013). In addition Frobes states, “After a study in 2007 at the University of Southampton, the six dyes that came to be known as the “Southampton Six” were linked to hyperactivity in children, and now require warning labels in the E.U. The FDA, however, is not so convinced that such measures are necessary” (Hennessey, 2012). Artificial food colorings are not the only additive under the microscope; Proctor and Gamble invented the “miracle” fat substitute Olestra, which is widely used in many fat-free items and a “life-saver” to many dieters. However, Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) discovered that olestra which is the “miracle” fat substitute could cause major digestive issues and prohibit the body from absorbing nutrients from plants that help protect the body from heart disease/cancer (Vandermark, 2013). Another harmful preservative is BHA. US Department of Human Health Services (DHHS) considers Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) a carcinogen, because of tumors the preservative produced in 3 different species (hamster, rats and mice). This preservative is commonly found in vegetable oil products, breakfast cereals and chips. Furthermore, relative studies to this matter have had substantial effects on laws for certain countries.
Not only have these studies raised eyebrows, but also influenced countries to ban particular additives/preservatives. The demonstration of how other countries...

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