Food Choices: Getting More Complex & Difficult

In a recent episode of her podcast “Possibilities with Monique de Maio,” Monique discusses the increasing difficulty of making smart and healthy food choices. She points out that the United States allows over 1,000 ingredients in its food and cosmetics, many of which are banned in other countries such as Europe, China, and India.

Monique goes on to discuss several specific food additives that are banned in Europe but allowed in the US, including:

  • Potassium bromate: A suspected carcinogen that is used to strengthen dough.
  • Titanium dioxide: A whitening agent that is used in candies, pastries, and gum.
  • Brominated vegetable oil (BVO): A chemical additive that is used to prevent citrus drinks from clouding.
  • Azodicarbonamide: A bleaching agent that is used to make bread whiter and fluffier.
  • Propylparaben: A preservative that is used in cosmetics and food.

Monique encourages listeners to read labels carefully and to avoid foods that contain these ingredients. She also suggests buying imported foods whenever possible, as they are less likely to contain harmful additives.

In addition to reading labels, Monique offers several other tips for making healthy food choices:

  • Be mindful of how you feel after eating certain foods. If you experience bloating, gas, or other digestive problems, it’s a good idea to avoid those foods.
  • Pay attention to your hunger cues and don’t eat when you’re not hungry.
  • Limit your intake of processed foods and sugary drinks.
  • Focus on eating whole, unprocessed foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein.

Monique’s podcast is a valuable resource for anyone who is interested in making healthier food choices. She provides informative and actionable advice that can help listeners improve their overall health and well-being.


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