Series: Are our food harmful to health?
Food scandals occur in more or less regular intervals. Time, it is gammeliges meat that excites the minds, then spoil to high concentrations of acrylamide to the enjoyment of French fries and biscuits. As a consumer, the uncertainty is large, and not infrequently the question is asked: “What can you actually eat without restrictions?”
It is not always for the consumer simply to the potential health risks of the food to assess. Many feel threatened by the possibility of pollutants in the food. A risk of exposure to undesirable substances in food is rather rare, but it should be with the necessary attention. By the personal conduct in the purchase and preparation of food, a large contribution to the minimization of the personal risk can be made.
Paradise in the supermarket
The people were never cared for so well with food, such as in today’s time. In the supermarket we find a wide range of Goods. Ready-made meals, we need to heat it before eating it for only 5 minutes in the microwave, fresh strawberries in the Winter, cold meats with a long shelf life, juicy pineapple from South America – all this is nowadays no longer a Problem. The food industry has adapted to the consumption habits of the consumer. Through appropriate production methods, processing processes and routes of transport, there are hardly any limits in the provision of Goods.
As a layman in terms of food production we cannot assess but often, what is the risk of the consumption of certain foods. The uncertainty is correspondingly high, and many people are perplexed in front of the shopping shelf. What to look for when shopping? What substances or materials can be problematic and are, therefore, undesirable?
Undesirable Acrylamide & Co.
From various sources of undesirable substances can get into our food. Thus, residues of plant protection or animal health products can contaminate our food. In the processing and preparation of foodstuffs and undesirable substances may arise, such as, for example, acrylamide, is formed during Heating of certain products. Also, of course, is the occurrence of undesirable substances in food. For this purpose, the solanine in potatoes and cyanide-containing glycosides in almonds, for example.
Some substances may be necessary for certain groups of people a health concern. So some people have an intolerance to certain food content, such as Histamine, sulfur compounds, and some preservatives. But what does this mean for us? The food are therefore unsure of, or even a health concern?
You can minimize your personal risk!
To give you answers to the questions, we want to give you in a series of articles for detailed information on the undesirable substances in food. Here, we look at a week certain classes of substances. We consider their sources, their health concerns, depending on the concentration and the receiving organism. You should receive answers to questions about the legal situation and the current load situation. Practical tips on shopping, storage and processing of foods to help you become more aware of the potential risks and to minimize your personal risk.
As a layman in terms of food production, we cannot estimate often, what is the risk of the consumption of certain foods. The uncertainty is correspondingly large. In our series, we have examined the various undesirable substances in foods and their health-damaging potential. Some insightful results can be derived.
The dose is crucial
Undesirable substances in food are not, in principle, as “pollutants”, or as as harmful. It depends on the amount that we can absorb of a substance. Depending on the organism, they act only after a certain amount of harm to the health. For most of these substances maximum quantities or limit values, set by the legislature and whose compliance will be monitored by the authorities, therefore, apply. These are so dimensioned that even in the case of a life-long daily intake of this substance there is no identifiable risk.
Food-Monitoring proves good quality
A year a so-called food-Monitoring takes place in addition to the official control of foodstuffs, which serves preventive health protection of consumers. Food will be investigated in a shopping cart, the representative of Germany, on the levels of undesired substances. This shows that the quality of our food is, with few exceptions, good.
Own responsibility we are not come
A hundred percent security against contamination of food. Can also avoid the most committed state control. If a risk of exposure to undesirable substances in food is rare, this should be considered with the necessary attention. In addition, the research regarding the effect of many substances is still in its infancy. Our responsibility as consumers we can not let unfortunately. By the personal conduct in the purchase and preparation of food, a large contribution to the minimization of the personal risk can be made. In each of the articles will be discussed in detail.
It is not always for the consumer simply to the potential health risks of the food to assess. Many feel as a result of possible pollutants in the food threatened. Perceived food scandals to tarnish the enjoyment of the food. A good Knowledge of the actual dangers and their Vermeidbarkeit, but also a high sense of responsibility in the purchasing and preparation of food will give you, as a consumer, the greatest security. About the possible hazards caused by contaminants or undesirable substances in food, we must not forget, moreover, that in the field of nutrition, the risk factor no. 1 is the wrong eating habits. From the point of view of science, an incorrect diet that is unbalanced and too rich in calories, represents for us the greatest health risk.