First we had the low-fat, low-carbohydrate, low-cholesterol, low-calorie, low-sugar diets and now the FDA has graciously mandated a low-sodium diet upon us. Does the FDA mean well with its decision? Sure it does, but it rarely ends well for the consumer.
Why is that? Due to the fact that companies have to abide by certain regulations, they create or add new chemicals as a substitute that end up “passing” the FDA test. Those chemicals “pass” the test because no one knows what the immediate effects are – it takes at least 10 years before consumers find out the true health cost of such chemicals. These governmental intentions created unhealthy and nefarious products such as Sweet ‘N Low sweeteners, Splenda, Margarine, diet Coke, the Gatorade G series (which is polluted with artificial sweeteners) just to mention a few.
One good example of the results of FDA mandated fads is the low-fat movement. The FDA correctly recognized that butter is dangerous in copious amounts. What it failed to recognize is the fact that butter is still healthy if consumed moderately. With that intention in mind, the FDA mandated a low-fat diet which gave birth to franken-foods such as margarine or I can’t believe it’s not butter products. If one were to travel to Europe, one would be hard pressed to find margarine in grocery stores. Why? That’s because the European Food Safety Authority (the counterpart of the FDA) correctly recognizes that margarine is a combination of fats and chemicals and it’s dangerous for one’s well-being. Simply put it recognizes that butter is natural, margarine is not. Hence the abundance of European style butters in healthy stores.
So the FDA sanctioned these diets fads many of which have been linked to diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, liver cancer, colon cancer, not to mention heart attacks and stroke inducing symptoms.
Case in point, recently the FDA came out with a statement saying that it is reconsidering its long-held position that the dyes – such as Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 – pose no risk to children or anyone else. Yet we have the FDA issuing it’s usual ‘fear not’ statement since it is “engaged in an ongoing scientific and regulatory review of this ingredient”. Hmmm…I don’t know about you but I will not be anxiously waiting to hear what conclusion the FDA has come to.
So what is one to do? The key is to consume natural foods in moderate amounts – not to substitute them with unnatural and junk food. By the way, did you know that many foods in the grocery store that are labeled ‘low-fat’ such as yogurts, are loaded with sugar to appeal to consumer’s taste buds?
Do you want to grow old and find out that you spent all these years poisoning your body because of following such and such fad without doing your research? What would you do next? Blame the FDA? Sue them? You probably wouldn’t be able to because by that time they most likely would have come out with another diet fad and/or issued a statement that such and such diet was unhealthy because it has been linked to such and such disease.
I know I don’t want to put my health in the hands of the government. Neither do I want La and our offspring to. Your health is in your hands; not in the hands of the FDA or other government agencies.
Do your research and homework. Spend extra time and money living a healthier lifestyle. If you are unable to do some research there are many out there who already have. It’s time to be active and take charge of our health. The adage that you reap what you sow is true, whether you believe it or not. La and I believe in “paying now and playing later rather than playing now and paying later”.
Again, the FDA means well, but there is a difference between good intentions and good outcomes.