It’s no secret that people used to ignore food and product labels. This was back when awareness about what people eat and use was low, and people only ever relied on what they saw in commercials. Sadly, this is applied to most people. It wasn’t for lack of caring, but when experts’ input and trust were highly demanded, what people knew was what they told people. But now, when the Internet is there to provide everybody with all the information they need, there’s really no reason for anybody to not buy things that are good for them and still buy things they shouldn’t buy.
As a responsible consumer, looking at the labels is just about the best you can do to avoid things that you should avoid. The only way for you to know that any particular product or food won’t cause allergies in your children or you won’t eat something you’re voluntarily avoiding is to always look at the labels.
Looking Past the Claims
There’s always something fishy in any product or food that claims it’s 100% in something, all-naturalor organically produced. There are many fruit juices, multivitamins, and food substitutes that have claims like this, and when you look at the label, there’s always a caveat. It’s loaded with things that shouldn’t be there, like an inordinate amount of sugar or a chemical that shouldn’t be there. It’s why it’s always best to go for the least loaded version of the product or create it yourself. The perfect examples of these are juices and aluminum-free deodorant products. The first one, you can make with a capable enough juicer at home, and the other just being safe as aluminum in small concentration could be bad for you.
More than that, everyone knows that food and product manufacturers handpick the things that will make their items sell. It’s business as usual, but as informed consumers, there’s no reason for you to believe anything that’s plastered on any food or product. Being that they are enormously critical to our overall health, it’s always good to be skeptical about what a food item or product is claiming to do or have.
Taking a European Approach to Food and Product Safety
Europeans are so vigilant about protecting people from inadvertent allergy reactions that they turn away customers before they even ordered anything. This kind of black-and-white action seems extreme, but for everyone’s safety, including the restaurant and the customer, chances must not be taken. To anyone who prepares food or has a laundry list of products that you can’t buy, being extreme is the new normal. Not mentioning that at this point in time, being extreme makes sense.
If you’ve also noticed, there are more and more people now who are suddenly developing allergies their parents never had. It’s pretty startling to hear children and teenagers have severe reactions when they ate something they shouldn’t, but it should serve as a reminder never to take personal safety as a given.
Whether it’s about your food for the week or a quick restock of your personal hygiene products, vigilance in what you buy is always key. Your health is your most precious property, and at times like this, keeping yourself in good shape is a massive victory.