Natural Ingredients?

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Natural Ingredients? – 23 July 2006

Have you noticed how the word “natural” is used in ads and on labels to sell a variety of products? I wonder how many people stop to think what is meant by the word “natural.” They probably believe that the product thus labeled is “safe” or “free from chemicals” or “good for you” or whatever.

The truth is that it is meaningless. The word “natural” on a label makes me feel as though the manufacturer is assuming that the potential buyer can be fooled into looking no further and buying the product on faith. And I don’t like that.

I don’t like that because, for example, many of the animal-derived ingredients used in the manufacture of these items are by-products (waste) of the cheese manufacturing industry. These qualify for the label of “natural.” “Whey,” a by-product of the huge cheese industry, is found in a variety of products ranging from dish detergents to baked goods to canned drinks, etc.

Another example is the ubiquitous “gelatin” (animal-derived – the most common form) that I wrote about in another Blog. As I pointed out, the potential for harm from this “natural” ingredient is enormous.

Just remember that “poop” is also “natural”J!

"Joyful Curmudgeon"
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