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Is What You Eat & Drink Safe?

Craig Middleton Oct 3, 2019
While eating and drinking tasty foods and drinks is something almost everyone likes, at the same time it is extremely important for people to know what is present in your everyday foods and liquids, before you consume them.
Eating food is one of the greatest, simplest pleasures in life that one can partake in. However, not all foods and beverages are good for you. Here are some things to think about when it comes to whether what you eat and drink is safe.

Pollution

You should question where the water comes from, and whether it is clean or not. There are a lot of places that have toxic groundwater as a result of pollution. Such types of places exist both in first and third world countries.
For example, in United States there are urban, suburban and rural towns that have water supplies, polluted by industrial activities. Causes of pollution vary per situation. For example, water supplies of some towns have been polluted by dumping, while others are polluted by leaks.
You should do some research about the history of a given area to see whether the water supplies are polluted. You do not want to fill your glasses and cook your food with water that might give you cancer in few years. If your local water supplies are toxic, you may want to resort to bottled water.

Nutrition

When it comes to thinking about whether what you eat and drink is safe, you should think about the nutritional value of whatever you consume. Even if a food or beverage is edible, it might not be safe if it is nutritionally unstable.
For example, if you consistently consume things with high sugar and salt content over the years, there is a significant chance that you will get yourself serious health problems that may even turn deadly.
Certain foods that are nutritionally unbalanced are not safe to eat. If you eat them regularly over a long period of time, you might have yourself under the risk of health problems. Overnutrition and undernutrition are both problems that plague foods.
Undernutrition is when you don't get enough correct nutrients, while overnutrition is when you get too much of certain nutrients.

Sneaky Ingredients

Various ingredients are added to foods that make them less safe. For example, many companies add corn syrup to sweeten foods, beverages. Corn syrup is not necessary to consume, and is just one of the cheap, unhealthy ingredients added to cut corners and “enhance” taste.

Preservatives and Chemicals

Companies add artificial colors and preservatives to products so that the products have longer shelve lives and keep certain tastes. However, these chemicals are questionable and many of them have also been found to be carcinogenic.
Ingredient lists of a lot of artificial additives are kept secret. There are food and beverages that claim to be “all natural,” while they have additives in them that are unhealthy. You have to be very careful and read the ingredient labels before consuming them.

Differences Between Items

There are several items sold in the market, with different variations. For example, you must know the difference of distilled water vs purified water. These differences can affect your health greatly.
In conclusion, these things must be considered before deciding whether or not what you consume is safe. Sometimes, what you eat or drink is unsafe as a result of local water supplies being polluted. Many products have preservatives and artificial chemicals to make shelf life longer and to make certain tastes.
Many companies add sneaky ingredients to their products that are nutritionally unhealthy. Some foods are unhealthy because they carry risks of overnutrition or undernutrition.