Sunday, December 1, 2013

62 FOOD FEARS

Any time I plan a group dinner these days I have to take into consideration a lot more variables than ever before. Among the people who came for Thanksgiving for example, there was a vegetarian, someone allergic to soy, someone who doesn't eat wheat or dairy, the white-meat-only eaters who fear fat, and the dark-meat-please person who laughs in the face of it, the non-drinkers, and those who view Thanksgiving as a good excuse to start early, those who never met a starch they're not addicted to, and someone who wouldn't put a potato in his mouth if you held a gun to his head.  There was the hand-washers and not-so-much-hand-washers; the medicine takers and the supplement takers; the just-relax-and-eat-it-already folks and the excuse-me-could-I-just-read-the-label-on-the-salad-dressing person. There are those who like to say a prayer of gratitude first and those who would rather dig right in. Someone brought up GMO's after dinner about the time that someone else's teenager showed up to only eat desert.

Anyway, it got me thinking about all the fears/issues associated with foods. Here's a partial list, each linked to an article provided by a Google search. Various authorities/publications have weighed in: State extension services, Universities, Mayo Clinic, Dr. Mercola, Forbes, NPR, to name a few. Think of them as a starting place to resolve or fan your own fears on each topic.


Agave
Alcohol
Antibiotics
Arsenic
Artificial coloring
Aspartame
Beef
BPA
Caffeine
Canola Oil
Carbohydrates
Calories
Carrageenan
Casein
Chicken
Cholesterol
Cola
Corporate Greed
Cruelty
Eggs
Emulsifiers
Expiration Dates
Farmed Fish
Fat
Fertilizer
Fluoride
Fructose
GMOs
Germs
Gliadin
Gluten
Glycemic Index
Glyphosate
Grains
Growth hormones
High fructose corn syrup
Homoginization
Hygiene
Irradiation
Labor conditions
Lactose
Liver
Mercury
Monosodium glutamate
Nitrates
Non-organic food
Organic food
Packaging
Pasteurization
Peanuts
Plastics (BPA-free)
Pork
Processing
Salt
Soy
Starches
Styrofoam
Sugar
Sulfites
Teflon
Trans fat
Wages
Wheat






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