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Review: Food Forensics – The Hidden Toxins Lurking in Your Food and How You Can Avoid Them for Lifelong Health by Mike Adams

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I was kindly sent a free digital copy of this book by the publisher BenBella Books for a review.  This is a non-fiction book which I believe many people will find interesting though I know it won’t appeal to all, here is my review.

What is really inside our food? Are there hidden toxins that could be harming our health? In Food Forensics we find out the real truth of what is inside our food along with the facts the food industry would rather keep hidden.

This is a long book but a valuable read. ‘Food forensics’ is a book which I believe everybody should read. It looks in depth at what is really inside the food we eat, what certain food additives are, how they are made and what effects they have on our bodies, the various dangerous toxins and metals that can pollute our bodies and how we can, hopefully, stop ourselves ingesting these harmful substances. Now I’ll say right away that there is a group of people who will find no benefit in this book. People who believe that there is little or no benefit in organic foods, or those who don’t see additives, colours, etc as doing much harm to the body or those people who basically call research like this ‘scare-mongering’ can ignore this book – However as somebody who is very health conscious, and I’ve suffered unpleasant reactions to food additives in the past, I urge anyone with a slight open mind to read this book!

In the introduction of the book, the author tells us how the Big Companies have tried to silence the release of this book with money and threatened lawsuits which made me want to read this all the more. The book is split into three parts, the first part takes up more than half of the book and explains about all the toxins and things that are in our food and how they got there, including interesting history of certain substances (such as how a waste product of industry turned into a ‘useful’ food additive). Part two explains how we can rid ourselves of toxins and how to stay as health as possible in todays industrial world, and the third part is made up of charts showing tests on various products.

Part one is of course the most interesting but can be difficult to read. For a start the overall tone of the book is a little too scientific. While I’m able to understand everything in the book, at times, especially in the beginning, there are so many case studies or various scientific things mentioned that it’s easy to glaze over portions of the text. It also makes for difficult reading as you really find out the truth about the food industry and what’s been happening to our manufactured foods and the soils in which they are grown in the last several decades. Much of what is explained shows that a lot of our world is tainted, even some organic things can be tainted with certain substances. But as depressing as this can seem, it’s also truly fascinating, especially when you learn exactly how certain things came to be created such as soy lecithin and aspartame.

Part two is far shorter but holds some valuable information on how we can keep ourselves as health as possible. I do wish there was more on this chapter especially on how to rid our bodies of too much metals but it’s still very good information and makes you feel far better about being able to do something good for your health after reading how tainted food supplies can be.

Part three is tricky. I was sent a digital copy of the book and I have to recommend getting a print copy if you can. There are charts of various foods along with what they’ve been found to contain during tests. Although there is a key at the start of part three, explaining a rating such as A, B, C, etc., this rating only appears at the start of the charts. The charts cover many pages and you’d have to keep flipping back to the key to see whether a substance exceeds the A rating or not. It would have been better to have that rating appear on each chart so get the print version as it’s easier to flip between pages.

This book was really interesting to read and even though a little scientific, I did enjoy reading about all the various things that are found in our food supplies. Although the book is aimed at the American market, focusing on what goes into food found in America, it is worthwhile reading wherever you are. There were some interesting studies explained that took place in the UK and the information about international foodstuff would be valuable wherever you live. As bleak as the information is at times, it’s necessary to know, not just for our own health but to challenge those that try to keep the truth hidden. While this book may not appeal to everyone, if you are like me and care about what you are eating and drinking then I’d recommend this book. It’s certainly an eye-opener.

Rating: 4.5/5

Review published on Goodreads, click here

Book Description:

What’s really in your food?

Award-winning investigative journalist and clean food activist Mike Adams, the “Health Ranger,” is founder and editor of NaturalNews.com, one of the top health news websites in the world, reaching millions of readers each month.

Now, in Food Forensics, Adams meticulously tests groceries, fast foods, dietary supplements, spices, and protein powders for heavy metals and toxic elements that could be jeopardizing your health.

To conduct this extensive research, Adams built a state-of-the-art laboratory with cutting-edge scientific instruments. Publishing results of metal concentrations for more than 800 different foods, Food Forensics is doing the job the FDA refuses to do: testing off-the-shelf foods and sharing the findings so the public can make informed decisions about what they consume or avoid.

In Food Forensics, you’ll discover little-known truths about other toxic food ingredients such as polysorbate 80, MSG, sodium nitrite, pesticides, and weed killers such as glyphosate. Adams reveals stunning, never-before-reported details of heavy metals found in recycled human waste used on crops and in parks, and he explains how industrial pollution causes mercury, lead, and cadmium to end up in your favorite protein powders.

This book will forever change your view of food safety, regulation, and manufacturing. When you know what’s really in your food, you can start making changes to protect yourself against serious diseases like cancer, all while maximizing your natural immune defenses against infection and disease.

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