Our health matters because it affects every aspect of our lives. By making health a priority, we become conscious of what feeds our bodies, minds and souls.
And we also become increasingly aware of the far-reaching impact of exposure to toxic chemicals; not just people. Advertisers don’t disclose the toxic chemicals found in many popular products. Their focus is on marketing and making sales; not the toxic chemicals actually embedded in our food, personal care products, cleaning products, and makeup.
Despite the potential dangers of chemicals, they are not always clearly labeled on product packaging. And there is low awareness of the risks associated with their use. Some products may be marketed “natural” or “organic,” but still contain toxic chemicals.
According to the World Obesity Atlas 2023, 51% of the global population (4 billion people) will be living with overweight or obesity by 2035 based on current trends. Continued failure to improve prevention and treatment could contribute to a total economic impact of US$4.32 trillion by 2035. Furthermore, childhood obesity rates will more than double by 2035, rising more rapidly among children than adults.
The World Obesity Federation is calling for comprehensive national action plans to address the issue. But they fail to focus on the harmful impact of toxic chemicals in our food and products, which contribute to obesity and cancer. These toxic ripples are not being addressed, and so it is up to each of us to become conscious of everything we consume.
Toxic Ripples of Corn Syrup
Have you ever stopped to wonder why almost everything we eat contains high fructose corn syrup? From sodas, snacks and even infant formula, it seems like this sweetener is everywhere.
One reason for the widespread use of high fructose corn syrup is its low cost compared to cane sugar. It is also sweeter than cane sugar, which means manufacturers can use less of it to achieve the same level of sweetness, making it even more cost-effective.
However, this “cost-effectiveness” comes at a price. High fructose corn syrup has been found to be highly addictive, similar to opioids, which can lead to overconsumption and contribute to obesity and other health problems.
The toxic ripples of use high fructose corn syrup are not limited to just sweet treats and beverages either. Even products like ketchup and maple syrup contain this sweetener, which causes a decline in life expectancy and significant health risks.
Is it time to take a closer look at the ingredients in the foods and products we consume? Change will only come when we no longer purchase and consume toxicity. Any product we put on our body goes straight into our blood stream. Being aware of what’s actually in the deodorant we put under our arms and makeup on our faces is a healthy practice.
Nothing will change until we do. And the question is, do we want to be a statistic or opt for healthy living? The choices we make significantly impact every aspect of our lives.