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Hey Healthy, Sexy, Vegan! Or Vegan to be. 🙂 

I want to talk about something really important today: food safety.

Let me introduce you to a sneaky little label called GRAS. Generally Recognized As Safe.

In the United States, this label has been applied to hazardous, heart-disease-causing food elements such as partially hydrogenated oils. As you know (because you’re sexy and savvy), partially hydrogenated oils contain trans fats, which are the absolute worst kind of fat we can consume.

So, we’re all wondering: who the heck gets to decide that these killer oils are “generally recognized as safe”?

Brace yourself.

 Right now, a GRAS designation comes from a food manufacturer self-evaluating the safety of their product, and deciding that it is harmless. Yep, you read that right—all it takes for a new food or food additive to be declared “generally safe” is for a food corporation to say so…

And no, they don’t have to tell the general public, nor do they have to tell the FDA about their new non-food invention which they’ll now be selling to millions of unsuspecting consumers.

Are you terrified? You probably should be.

This system has resulted in an (estimated) 6,000 GRAS determinations, permitting for over 10,000 substances to be added to foods. And that’s not accounting for the (estimated) 1,000 safety designations made by manufacturers and not submitted to the FDA or general public.

So, in short, there are thousands upon thousands of food products out there which have been declared “safe” for general consumption by the very company making and selling them—with zero oversight.

Manufacturers do sometimes opt to inform the FDA about their new non-foods. We might assume that, in those public cases, they’ve evaluated the safety of their products through a neutral third party. A certain study looked more closely…

And researchers found that of over 400 voluntarily submitted evaluations, less than 1% were made by truly neutral independent parties. 64% were made by a hand-selected panel or a firm hired by the company; 22% were simply made by a company employee; 13% were made by an employee of a firm chosen by the company.

There is nothing neutral or independent about that.

And remember, we’re just talking about the voluntarily shared reports here; there are thousands of others never shared with the FDA, which presumably are even less neutral and less independently evaluated.

How is this allowed?

Good question. And if you look at the $9 million spent by PepsiCo in one year of lobbying the U.S. Congress, I think you’ll have your answer.


These corporations are powerful, and they are deciding for themselves what is and is not fit for human consumption. Does that scare you?

We don’t have to buy into this scam. You can protect your (and your family’s) health. In my latest book (click here >)HEALTHY, SEXY, VEGAN MUMMA I show you how to discover the best health of your life as you live and eat in harmony with the Earth. No food additives in sight. Check it out now!

Xx,

Donna

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