Turns out heartbreak and anxiety aren't the only way to get the blues. It can also happen if you eat some commercially-manufactured chocolate chip cookies or drink a can of diet soda, because chances are high they're loaded with FDA-approved chemicals.
Food additives commonly used in the U.S. that have been roundly banned all over Europe and many other parts of the world may be a truly insidious culprit behind chronic depression. America's supermarkets overflow with processed food packed with controversial and toxic ingredients that have been independently tested and found to be harmful and damaging over and over again. The FDA periodically retests certain substances but continues to assert their safety. Haven't you heard? Never mind that other countries don't allow it in their poultry, arsenic in chicken is GOOD.
Kind of like greed.
It's a supreme irony that these chemicals prolong shelf life and improve their appearance, while possibly shortening our own. Synthetic food dyes are made from petroleum and coal tar derivatives. One of them is Red dye #40, added to puddings, condiments, dairy products, maraschino cherries and medications including antibiotics. Red dye #40 causes irritability, depression and anger in children as well as adults. Many blogs out there attest to it.
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Oh, but the color is so pretty...
Enhancing the color and appearance of food is done for one painfully obvious reason: to drive sales. Let's take a look at a few other common food additives: Aspartame, an artificial sweetener found in diet soda and many other products has been implicated as a cause of anxiety and depression. Side note: it's also a carcinogenic neurotoxin. Still worth drinking it to lose weight? Not so fast. Despite its long-held advertised purpose as a weight-loss aid, independent research dating back decades has shown aspartame actually promotes hunger spikes and encourages fat storage.
MSG (monosodium glutamate)is also a depression trigger and has been implicated in causing charming little things like neurological damage.
When I think of the diphenylamine sprays (now banned in Europe), which are commonly applied to domestic produce, particularly apples, to give them a comely satiny sheen that forms cancer-causing compounds, it brings to mind Angelina Jolie's tattoo: "What nourishes me also destroys me."
The FDA may not be changing its stance, but many companies devoted to clean chemical free products are offering food products that are actually all food. What a concept!
Is there a clear-cut correlation between a diet high in processed foods and depressive/criminal behavior in children and teenagers? Consider what Dr. Barbara Stitt found. As a Ohio probation officer, she gave her group of probationers food-based treatment. When she found and alleviated their food allergies/sensitivities, chronic hypoglycemia, heavy metal buildups and nutritional deficiencies, their relapse rate dropped by 80 percent. She also observed that a group of out-of-control students transformed into well-behaved kids within two months, after their diet was overhauled.
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When all that processed food the students had been eating was temporarily reintroduced, teachers reported that within two hours, chaos once again reigned supreme. Consider this frightening parallel: Citizens and emperors of the Roman empire were unknowingly sickened and went murderously, criminally and pyromaniacally cray-cray from the lead leeching into their food and drinking water, an ongoing event happening directly alongside Rome's decline.
In 2015 AD, It's becoming clearer that one of the root causes of people behaving violently in the US may well be the immediate and cumulative effects of eating chemically tainted food that psychologically and physically inflames and depresses the human system.
Fortunately, there's a a vital and hopeful difference between ancient Rome and now. Many people have become well aware of how food additives can damage their emotional and physical health. Once you realize just how profit-driven the food industry is, and that people are more valuable commodities if they're addicted to cheap processed food laden with toxins, their health and well-being be damned, you realize just how critical it is to make educated choices about what you put in your mouth.