When it comes to protecting your health, there are plenty of ways to do it. You can exercise regularly and eat well. But the foods we have access to, even some of the healthier options, can still be damaging to our bodies.
That’s because there are areas of regulation that are being willfully overlooked by the FDA. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is tasked with controlling what can and cannot be allowed in food as a means to protect consumers.
However, there are several areas where they just aren’t making the grade. Here are six reasons that show that the FDA does not care about your health.
1. Allowing Additives
Truly natural foods don’t have a long shelf-life and companies use chemicals to help extend that time.
The FDA allowed for the use of sulfites, among other additives, that kept produce from browning but caused respiratory issues and even death.
2. Cancer Treatment Delays
It’s understandable that researching and finding the right drugs for certain diseases, like cancer, will take time. However, the FDA has a reputation for reviewing cancer research methods differently and at a slower pace.
This means that the available drugs might be outdated and better options could be available for cancer patients but they haven’t been approved.
3. For-Profit Marketing
Instead of relying on science and working towards improved health, the FDA has made some choices that align them more with the interests of the drug companies.
The FDA approval rating for a new drug is not about the quality of the medicine. Even if there are negative side effects, as long as the benefits outweigh them, then they get sold to the public.
This means there are many people trusting medicine based on faulty qualifications.
4. Aspartame Use
Aspartame is commonly found in foods that need a sugar substitute. This means in gums, diet beverages and most other products labeled ‘sugar-free.’
The problem with aspartame is that it is a carcinogen. And while there has been direct evidence between aspartame consumption and tumor development, the FDA still has the artificial sweetener allowed in multiple products.
5. Mercury Contamination
Typically found in thermometers, it’s an unfortunate case that mercury can also be found in popular, FDA-approved beverages and foods.
While you won’t see mercury listed as an ingredient, one of its carriers is widely recognizable: high-fructose corn syrup.
This is the main way that mercury is being introduced into our bodies as we eat processed foods that contain high levels of it.
6. Uncontrolled Monsanto
Monsanto is the name and manufacturer of the widely known and highly controversial addition of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) into our food.
Where the FDA should be stepping in and regulating what Monsanto introduces on the market, it chooses instead to let Monsanto decide what chemical by-products to use.
For example, it’s not only the pesticides used on produce that consumers have to worry about. American cows are injected with the growth hormone rBGH, which is banned in over twenty other countries for having connections to cancer development.