More on “You are what you eat”

Sense About Science recently posted a “public awareness” guide that hammers home a few of the points I made back when I wrote about chemicals in your food (PDF┬áhere).

The long and short of it: chemistry doesn’t need to be scary.

To quote the article:

The chemical reality is that you cannot lead a chemical-free life, because everything is made of chemicals. […] There are no alternatives to chemicals, just choices about which chemicals to use and how they are made.


It goes on to nicely summarize what chemists have been saying since the inception of chemical synthesis:

The chemical reality is that whether a substance is manufactured by people, copied from nature, or extracted directly from nature, tells us nothing much at all about its properties.


Give the article a read, and let’s put this whole all-natural obsession to rest for good.