Food Awareness

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In his profound work Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, published in 1938, Dr. Weston Price documents his findings after studying people groups untarnished by processed foods. Dr. Price found that those groups who left their native diet for "modern," processed foods showed clear signs of physical degeneration. Dr. Price's research has never been disputed.

"The evidence seemed to indicate clearly that the forces that were at work were not to be found in the diseased tissues, but that the undesirable conditions were the result of the absence of something, rather than the presence of something." Dr. Price concluded it was the absence of nutrients.

What are processed foods lacking? What is added that disrupts them? What exactly goes into foods produced in a factory? The following Food Awareness Quiz from momsAWARE is designed to help us ask these questions. These aren't commonly known facts, so the purpose is not to score well—it's designed to help awaken us to the clear connection between our health and foods stripped of their nutritional value.

Here is a sampling of the 15 questions featured on the quiz:

  1. This is the ingredient list for which product?

    UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), SOYBEAN OIL, SUGAR, SALT, EMULSIFIERS (MONOGLYCERIDES, SOY LECITHIN), DEXTROSE, MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE (FLAVOR ENHANCER), ONION POWDER, BAKING SODA, DEHYDRATED COOKED CHICKEN, HYDROLYZED CORN AND YEAST PROTEIN, SPICE EXTRACTIVES, DISODIUM INOSINATE AND DISODIUM GUANYLATE (FLAVOR ENHANCERS). CONTAINS: WHEAT, SOY.

    a. Ramen noodles
    b. Campbell's Chicken & Stars Soup
    c. KFC Popcorn Chicken
    d. Nabisco Chicken in a Biskit
  2. The symbol pictured at right, the radura, is commonly found on food packaging. The radura signifies:

    a. Organic
    b. Genetically modified organism (GMO)
    c. Irradiated food
    d. Additive-free
  3. Acrylamide, a chemical deemed by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer to be a "probable human carcinogen," is commonly used in caulking, food packaging, and some adhesives. Food and cigarette smoke are the two major sources of exposure. Which of the following foods contains the highest level of acrylamide?

    a. General Mills Cheerios
    b. Hershey's Cocoa
    c. Kettle Chips Lightly Salted Natural Gourmet Potato Chips
    d. Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds
  4. The following oil is classified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a biochemical insecticide, acknowledging that this substance "has low chronic toxicities."

    a. Canola oil
    b. Peanut oil
    c. Safflower oil
    d. Cottonseed oil
  5. TBHQ (tert-Butylhydroquinone), a chemical preservative which is a form of butane, is also used as a corrosion inhibitor in biodiesel. Which of the following consumer products does NOT contain TBHQ?

    a. McDonald's Chicken McNuggets
    b. McDonald's Big Mac
    c. Keebler Vanilla Wafers
    d. Purina dog food
  6. The United States is the largest producer of corn in the world. According to the EPA, 80% of all corn grown in the U.S. is used for:

    a. Food for animals
    b. Processed foods
    c. Ethanol
    d. High fructose corn syrup
How did you do? To find out, see the comments section of this post. To further test your knowledge and learn more about the foods we consume, visit the momsAWARE Quiz Center and take the Food Awareness Quiz.