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    • jamesc83

      It’s also misleading that the author presented all artificial colors or dyes as being petroleum products, when any neurologist dealing with autism cases, attention deficit and similar neurological conditions would tell you to avoid artificial colorings because many come from chemecals derived from insect-based biproducts that have neurological effects. SorryIdo not recall the exact chemical name or spelling, but something “chittin” related (from insect exoskelletons) is most commonly used in red food colors and dyes, and some people have various alergic and/or neurological reactions to it. It’s not all petroleum based. This is just one example in the article where something partially true is presented as if it were absolute, irrefutable fact. The article also says nothing of other unhealthy common food ingredients or additives like hydrogenated oils. I’m suprised that baking soda didn’t make their list, since everybody knows that it can be used asableaching agent or even to strip paint or polish metals. It doesn’t mean it’s neccessarily harmful in other applications. Another good example of misunderstanding is present inachemical called boric acid. It sounds ugly and is used in pesticides because of it’s effect of rendering insects infertile and unable to reproduce, as well as weakening the durability of their exoskeleton. However, it’s considered safe in mamals and even used to treat radiation exposure. Boric acid is even used to preserve medical liquids such as saline and blood plasma. Ironicly, it’s also the most common ingredient in anti alergen medication, or to treat severe alergies, but some people havearare alergic reaction to anything containing boron, which includes it’s use asapreservative in many beverages that contain fruits, especially flavored alcohols (wine, wine coolers, etc.). Rare or not, this alergy (whichIhave myself), can be sensitive enough to react to some types of colored metals that use boron in the smelting process to purify it (brass, copper, bronze, etc.). Should it be banned becauseafew people are alergic, or because it harms pests? Considering it’s needed to save many more from radiation poisoning, dehydration, blood transfusions, alergic reactions, asthma, et al,Ithink not. This article looks as if it’s primary purpose is to make people afraid of what they eat, and only secondly to actually inform of unhealthy food additives.

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