With my breakfast every morning, I read a little from Scientific American or Sky & Telescope. Since I go from breakfast to my office, it gets my brain chugging nicely… usually.
When I read about nanotechnology in food, I got a little weirded out. There are nanosize particles on our food. Some may be on purpose to intensify flavors and mouth feel [ie, to make less fatty food creamier in texture on the tongue]. Others may not be on purpose – byproducts from the milling process or the environment.
The environmental health group As You Sow is working to crowdfund further testing of foods to make sure nanopowders are harmless. The EU requires nanomaterials to be labeled, the USDA does not. I keep thinking — ewwww!
A few pages later is an article on how the foods we eat communicate to our cells and can make us sicker or healthier. Biochemicals in all foods [natural and not] can elicit reactions similar to hormones in human cells.
All of this has to be known by the food companies, and it made me wonder whether they engineer food to control us… ie, binge eating and food addictions. They must… or am I paranoid?
Maybe mind-control chocolate isn’t so far from reality. Food for thought. For more on this topic, see the May 2013 issue of Scientific American.
Passing Time is Free this Week!
Ellie Garratt’s Passing Time is free this week.
Passing Time: Nine Short Tales of the Strange and Macabre
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