In our quest to eat healthier food and nourish ourselves with more wholesome produce, we often tend to go overboard. Whether that means trying out fad diets that do more harm than good, or developing an attitude to food that has us fighting and fearing it, we often get rather confused, overwhelmed with the contradictory advice and the erroneous information floating around.

What’s even more worrying is that being obsessed with detox food products that are supposedly free from chemicals can cause us to sabotage our health. New research now shows that trying to eat ‘chemical-free’ is futile since chemicals are in everything we eat and they’re not all unhealthy.

If you’d like a visual representation of what we’re referring to, check out this video created by a Toronto-based web portal ASAP Science, which explains how the natural versus synthetic issue is not possible to view in black and white terms.

Did you know that bananas, for example, contain more chemicals than some sweets (50 chemicals to be precise, ranging from riboflavin to histidine)? Or that a single blueberry contains chemicals like methylbutyrate and oleic acid benzaldehyde, among many others? These may be chemicals but they’re not at all bad for you.

Scientists say that everything around us is made up of chemicals, from the water you drink to the air you breathe, which is why it is frustrating when companies consistently tout their foods as being chemical-free. Yes, eating organic and natural is good for your health, but don’t get carried away and believe everything you read about how chemicals can harm you.

Source: IANS
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Simona is a journalist who has worked with several leading publications in India over the last 17 years, writing on lifestyle topics and the arts, besides interviewing celebrities. She made the switch to public relations and headed the division as PR Manager at ITC Hotels’ flagship property, the ITC Grand Chola, but has since returned to her first love, journalism. Now she writes on food, which she is sincerely passionate about and wellness, which she finds fascinating and full of surprises. When she isn’t writing, she is busy playing the role of co-founder and communications director of The Bicycle Project, a six-year-old charity initiative that empowers tribal children in rural areas, while addressing the issue of urban waste.