Last night I posted a list of ingredients to my Facebook group asking whether anyone would eat something that include such things as Phytosterols, Palmitoleic Acid & Hydroxylinalook. All particularly nasty sounding chemicals that must serve no purpose, right?
What about if I told you that in the same ingredients list of this food item are an abundance of E Numbers. You know, the stuff we're told that if your kids eat them then they'll turn into raving lunatics?
I mean, the common opinion is that if you can't pronounce an ingredient then it's obviously unhealthy and by eating it you're likely to end up in hospital or will die immediately after you've ingested it. Being in and around this industry I read and hear this kind of comment banded around regularly and it frustrates the hell out of me. It's the kind of information that confuses and scares people but the biggest problem is that it's peddled by my fellow professionals.
"If you can't pronounce it then you shouldn't eat it"
or a recent favourite:
"If it was made my people in a white coat, you'll end up seeing someone in a white coat".
The problem with these kinds of scare tactics is that they're false. They're nothing but bullshit. But they're passed round so much that they become the truth in people's minds. Honestly, who can confidentally say "Phytosterols"?! Any idea what it is without hitting the google button?
Look, I'm not saying that processed food is great to eat. Far from it. Depending on what it is I'm likely to advise you to avoid it but mostly because some processed foods are utterly devoid of nutrients. However what I am saying is; don't believe the hype. Do some research or seek out somebody that has the knowledge to give you an informed opinion based on actual science and don't rely on crap printed on the front page of magazine or website designed to be used as clickbait or to scare you.
Here's the big secret, those ingredients I mentioned the mystery food included earlier?