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What Chemical Cocktail Is in Your Food?

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  • Since the 1950s, the number of food additives allowed in U.S. food has grown from about 800 to more than 10,000
  • GRAS, or “generally recognized as safe,” is a loophole created in 1958; food companies are tasked with determining such status for their own ingredients
  • Once an additive is granted GRAS status by an industry-hired panel, the company doesn't need to inform the FDA that the ingredient is used, and no independent third-party objective evaluation is required

By Dr. Mercola

One of the simplest choices you can make in support of your health is to eat real food. Real food refers to vegetables, meats and wild-caught seafood, nuts, seeds, eggs, fruits and raw grass-fed dairy; foods that are in their whole, primarily unaltered form.


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