Have you ever traveled to Europe and noticed how different their food is compared to America? I’ve had friends tell me…
“I can eat bread only when I’m in France”
“I lost 10 pounds eating whatever I wanted while in Europe, but came home and gained it right back”.
It’s true – most of the processed food in America is AWFUL and it’s not just the ingredients they use.
Our food is filled with things not on the label… like pesticides, hormones, and drugs that aren’t in the food in Europe.
Why is their food so much better?
Europe takes a precautionary approach towards food safety (1). This means they are proactive in banning chemicals that MIGHT harm people. The U.S. takes the opposite approach. It does not ban chemicals from our food supply until they have been PROVEN dangerous – which can take a very long time because it’s filled with industry influence or people have to start dying from long term exposure – as was the case with trans fats (2). This makes Americans literally the lab rats while the food and chemical industries rake in the profits at the expense of our health.
Just last week, Europe banned the most popular fungicide used on American farms (chlorothalonil) due to human health and environmental concerns (3)
They banned it after a scientific review found it possibly causes DNA damage (which can lead to cancer) and also to steep declines in bumblebees. This fungicide is used on wheat and barley crops, as well as some fruits and vegetables. The USDA has found residues primarily on cucumbers, celery, summer squash, peaches, and berries in recent years (wheat and barley haven’t been tested for chlorothalonil) (4).
The good news? This fungicide is NOT used on organic crops and the USDA hasn’t found residues of it on organic foods tested (4).
This is yet another reminder why organic food is a safer choice… We may not have a choice as to what chemicals farmers are allowed to use, but WE DO have a choice in what food we are willing to buy.
In my latest book, Feeding You Lies, I show you simple ways to avoid the chemical onslaught on our food, despite all of the lies on product pages like “natural”, “healthy”, and “diet”. You’ll see how to protect yourself from unhealthy foods that cause weight gain and health problems down the road. It is now available in bookstores everywhere (and currently at about 44% off on Amazon!!!!).
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P.S. If you know anyone feeling overwhelmed, confused, and frustrated about what to eat – please share Feeding You Lies with them. We can’t keep this information to ourselves, it’s too important.