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The words "all natural" might not mean what you think it means when it's on a food label. Likewise, just because an ingredient list contains the name of a chemical you've never heard of -- doesn't necessarily mean that "chemical" is bad for you. Potassium benzoate is a common preservative, but it's no longer found in many beverages because it can react with ascorbic acid to create trace amounts of benzene. Food additives may react with other ingredients in some undesirable ways, but should we get rid of all of them? It's nice to be able to increase the shelf life of a Twinkie -- though maybe we should just eat fewer Twinkies to begin with. After you've finished checking out those links, take a look at our Daily Deals for cool gadgets and other awesome stuff.

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    Anonymous Coward, 9 Oct 2015 @ 5:10pm

    My bowel movements are all natural, and organic too.

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      Thrudd, 9 Oct 2015 @ 5:21pm

      Response to: Anonymous Coward on Oct 9th, 2015 @ 5:10pm

      Only if you started with all natural ingredients and even then there had better not be anything like softeners or accelerants either.

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    Alareth (profile), 10 Oct 2015 @ 9:01am

    I'm going to open a restraunt where all the food is made from 100% chemicals.

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Oct 2015 @ 12:07pm

    "Likewise, just because an ingredient list contains the name of a chemical you've never heard of -- doesn't necessarily mean that "chemical" is bad for you. Potassium benzoate is a common preservative, but it's no longer found in many beverages because it can react with ascorbic acid to create trace amounts of benzene."

    I don't think you make the point you set out to there. Chemicals aren't bad for you they're just carcinogenic.

    And say what you will about the Egg eggs, but mayonnaise is a traditional recipe with a long history and it can't be made without egg yolk (+ an acid, either vinegar or lemon juice and oil).

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      Anonymous Coward, 11 Oct 2015 @ 4:01am

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      I would like to add that the USDA has this nasty habit of qualifying foods by ingredients and appearance of those ingredients. It is one of those nasty roadblocks to marketeers who wish to fool consumers into buying their lower quality cheaply made products. I see nothing wrong with the words substitute or imitation that the 'health' food industry tries to avoid at all costs.

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      nasch (profile), 12 Oct 2015 @ 4:55pm

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      Chemicals aren't bad for you they're just carcinogenic.

      Carcinogenic isn't bad for you? And all chemicals (assuming you mean in the colloquial way and not the scientific) are carcinogenic?

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Oct 2015 @ 3:52pm

    Dihydrogen monoxide is a deadly killer.

    It kills so many people in so many ways that it should be banned forever.

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    John Fenderson (profile), 14 Oct 2015 @ 7:28am

    Chemicals in natural food

    They're making the wrong argument. It's not that there are chemicals in all food (even natural food), it's that every physical object (including all food) is entirely made of chemicals.

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