My youngest daughter is a big believer in all things natural. 2 years ago, she became a vegetarian, and she now buys personal hygiene products that are made with only natural ingredients. She even buys clothes that are made with non-synthetic fabric and made in Canada.
I admire her considerably for being able to stand her ground and do all of this. Her dedication to this is very commendable because she stands her ground in every circumstance. And I think that she is amazing to do all of this at only 26 years old.
Sometimes, the daughter teaches the mother
Seeing my daughter having such strong convictions and sticking to them as she does, made me want to do the same. So I decided to start taking better care of myself.
I began to read labels on the products that I buy and to visit my local health food store regularly. I also started to exercise more often, and now, I even buy hygiene and cleaning products made with all-natural ingredients.
But not everything is as it seems
When we think of natural foods, we think that they don’t contain any chemicals and processed ingredients. Actually, we are right about processed ingredients, but we are completely wrong about chemicals. In fact, all foods are made of chemicals, even water that you drink.
This is a common misconception to think that chemicals are harmful to us. Many people say that “If you can’t pronounce it, it’s not good for you.” Personally, I always thought that this saying was true. In reality, it’s not true at all!
When you look at the list of ingredients included in a banana, it’s actually longer than the list of a heart-shaped candy. Surprised? Well, I was! If you want to know more, check out this video below, created by the awesome Toronto-based team at AsapSCIENCE. I’m sure you’ll find it fascinating!
The difference between natural & man-made chemicals
I found this infographic where you can discover that not all man-made chemicals are harmful, and not all natural chemicals are as harmless as we thought. Some are even more harmful than man-made ones.
The truth is, this is the dosage that determines the toxicity of the chemicals and not the chemicals by themselves. In the infographic, you’ll see that something as natural as an apple can be toxic for us at 1000mg/kg of body weight and that Teflon isn’t even toxic at the same amount.
|An infographic by the team at SENSE about SCIENCE|
Over to you
Are you surprised about this? Did you know that chemicals are a portion of all the foods we eat? Let’s say that from now on, I won’t be fooled by long and complicated ingredients. I hope this information will help you make sense of all of this “natural” and “chemical-free” stuff. Please, let me know what you think about this!