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As human beings, we are always looking to improve upon our actions, to out-do the last guy.

TBHQ is everywhere

In a scientific age, we are continuously looking for ways to out-do Mother Nature and always on the search for the things that will help our lives become more convenient, to meet our needs more quickly and to satisfy our impulses just as quickly as they come about.

We want the things that will make us work harder, run faster, get bigger and we want meals that will be cooked and served faster, while satisfying our taste buds. We want the fast food we can have in our hands in two minutes to be demolished in less than 5.

Just because our wants for faster, more convenient things and our abilities to create these things have increased, does not mean our bodies have become equipped to handle them.

These advancements in quick-and-easy, fast foods are jam-packed with ingredients that most of us can`t even pronounce let alone know what they are or how they are affecting our health.

Let`s have a look at a chemical recently spoken about in the news found in one of our long beloved fast food items:

Chicken McNuggets served in the US contain tBHQ, or tertiary butylhydroquinone, a petroleum-based product, and dimethylpolysiloxane, an anti-foaming agent also used in Silly Putty. One gram of tBHQ could cause nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears, delirium, a sense of suffocation, and collapse ~ CNN

All of those side effects sound like an excellent and well-worth-it side order of some quick-and-easy Chicken McNuggets to me! What do you think? Maybe not!

In this day and age, there are a lot of toxins around us; there are preservatives in most convenient foods; we are going to be exposed to things that are potentially harmful. Is it useful to become paranoid? Probably not, but we can choose to take more control over the food we feed ourselves and our loved ones on a regular basis so that we aren’t being completely exposed to these things at all times.

The incredible machine that the human body is will deal with toxins and unfamiliar things it is exposed to…to a point. But even the greatest most powerful machines have a limit to what they can handle and can break down. Our bodies will reach their limit and can begin to breakdown in the form of illness.

It is up to us to decide what we eat to fuel our bodies and whether or not the convenience of that food, containing whatever that ingredient is we cannot pronounce, is a good choice as a meal staple or frequent food choice.

Choose whole foods over processed, fast options. Your body will thank you. And do yourself a favor, look at the ingredients of your food choices and realize that if you don’t know what that ingredient is on the package or given list, your body probably won’t either.


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