Health and Food What’s in our food, and what does it do to us?
Red Food Dyes • Cochineal • Carmine • Carminic Acid • http://photovoyage.auroraquanta.com/pv/cochineal
Natural and Artificial Flavors • Determined by the methods. • Banana + solvent = natural • Vinegar + amyl alcohol + sulfuric acid = artificial • Natural = healthy? • Natural almond flavor from peach pits contains hydrogen cyanide. • Artificial almond flavor does not.
High Fructose Corn Syrup • Metabolic Shunting • Pancreas secretes insulin • Liver releases fatty acids • Fatty acids end up shutting down insulin production • Blood sugar spikes
Problems from HFCS • Diabetes • Obesity • Possible liver damage
Super-size Me • Pay attention to the issues of HFCS and fatty foods • Diabetes in children • Obesity • Morgan’s medical problems • Obesity • Liver functions • Depression • General lack of energy
Food and Health • What did you find in your food? • What is sociological about this issue? • How much of the obesity issue in the US is a matter of choice, and how much of it is a result of social forces?