Quote: Originally Posted by Francis2004
A Naturopath once told me there are no such things as unnatural chemicals. He said all chemicals came from "plants" or "Earth natural source" and that nothing was man made and only recreated ( meaning copied ). Was he wrong ?
Yes, it's true it all comes from the Earth (where else?
). I think the problems begin with the combinations of "things" and the processes to which they're subjected to get them into the form desired. Example might be cooking oil - canola is a popular choice for cooking these days ("vegetable oil"). If it's cold-pressed, it's pretty good stuff. But, most of the commercial stuff on the store shelves is run through a process which involves pretty high amounts of heat. This gets rid of anything that might shorten its shelf life, but it also changed the chemical composition to something that is now not so great for the body to deal with. The trade-off is that it lasts a long time, can be shipped far and wide with no "spoilage", and of course, none is lost due to shelf life problems. In other words, it's more profitable to screw it up than it is to leave it natural. Oh yeah, all the above helps to keep the price down too, which is another consumer attraction.
Of course, one way to combat that would be to buy the pure stuff in smaller quantities, pay perhaps twice as much per 100 ml, and then figure out how to use half as much of it (one splash instead of two), and end up with the same net cost and all the healthy benefits instead of the unhealthy results.
They say that corn is used to make over 100 food additives used these days processed foods. Corn itself is no big threat, but when it's heated and processed (literally to death) a hundred different ways to extract usable amounts of these additives, we're talking a horse of a different color. Example would be hydrolized plant protein, which is a long way to say MSG (Monosodium Glutumate). And "pure" MSG is not good for you as it can - among other things - impair brain function. It's also addictive, and many people have reported reactions (allergic?) to eating MSG. Yet, it's in lots and lots and lots of processed foods, under many different (legal) names. But, it all started with simple corn.