Truth to Power

The poison we eat

Two tales from the “what the f is that on my fork?” dept:

Cancer cells slurp up fructose, US study finds

WASHINGTON Aug 2 (Reuters) – Pancreatic tumor cells use fructose to divide and proliferate, U.S. researchers said on Monday in a study that challenges the common wisdom that all sugars are the same.

Tumor cells fed both glucose and fructose used the two sugars in two different ways, the team at the University of California Los Angeles found.

They said their finding, published in the journal Cancer Research, may help explain other studies that have linked fructose intake with pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest cancer types.</em>

Oh, you’ve sworn off HFCS you say? Well, not so fast, smarty pants:

U.S. regulators lack data on health risks of most chemicals

This summer, when Kellogg recalled 28 million boxes of Froot Loops, Apple Jacks, Corn Pops and Honey Smacks, the company blamed elevated levels of a chemical in the packaging.

Dozens of consumers reported a strange taste and odor, and some complained of nausea and diarrhea. But Kellogg said a team of experts it hired determined that there was “no harmful material” in the products.

Federal regulators, who are charged with ensuring the safety of food and consumer products, are in the dark about the suspected chemical, 2-methylnaphthalene. The Food and Drug Administration has no scientific data on its impact on human health. The Environmental Protection Agency also lacks basic health and safety data for 2-methylnaphthalene – even though the EPA has been seeking that information from the chemical industry for 16 years. </em>

In the case of fructose, not only are you eating poison…you’re paying for it via subsides to big agriculture. As to the chemicals? Just how insane is it that a company can put additives into food to increase their bottom line that our government hasn’t evaluated? Really? Somehow our government finds the funds to tap our phones, scan our email, fight stupid war and illegal war, yet can’t find the money to test the food we eat?

Why, it’s almost as if there was a financial reason to look the other way.


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