We may mistakenly think “natural” is good, safer, healthier and will pay a premium for it. Companies know that. Heck, I gravitate to those products because they make me feel like I am doing the right thing by buying their product.

But just because there is a label on your food, doesn’t necessarily make it better than the alternative. Chemicals are in everything. Even water is a chemical 😉

“Those who prefer natural products often put honey in their tea instead of dreadful processed sugar. Sugar is white death, apparently, but honey is full of natural goodness. What these people might not know is that honey also contains small amounts of hydroxymethylfurfural. I don’t know what hydroxymethylfurfural is, but if it was in white sugar, the all-natural crowd would condemn it as toxic.”

My friend who shared this article said her motto is: Everything in moderation, and that includes moderation. As a mom, I don’t have time to research all the ingredients on a food package. But our food system is one of the safest, most regulated in the world. So I don’t feel guilty when I put that frozen pizza in my cart once a week and buy that shampoo that doesn’t have a natural label on it.

Article: http://thestarphoenix.com/opinion/columnists/no-one-ever-died-from-eating-highly-processed-cheez-whiz