No Food Is Chemical-Free

Aspartic acid, threonine, arginine, and tyrosine are just a few of the chemicals inside every banana. Breaking "natural" foods down into their chemical components helps to complicate one-sided views on nutrition and health. Just as these chemicals are perfectly safe to eat in small doses, so are many man-made compounds that go into other foods. Of course, certain foods contain synthetic (and natural!) chemicals that aren't healthy at all. It all depends on what you're eating, how it was made, and how your body processes it.

Your Food Is Full Of Chemicals

We're not just talking chips and candy. Bananas and blueberries, too.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. See how the list of chemicals in a banana stacks up against the list of chemicals in a candy heart: 00:41

  2. Many natural chemicals become toxic at a high enough dose. 01:31

  3. Watermelons used to be around 55 millimeters wide. 02:00

Is Organic Food Really Better For You?

Organic good is more than $31 million is food sales across the U.S.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Organic food is grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics, or hormones. 00:47

  2. Several studies have found no significant differences between bacteria contamination levels in organic and inorganic foods. 03:25

  3. Organic food is much more expensive than conventionally grown food to produce, and it's unlikely that it could sustain Earth's population on its own. 06:07

Is Processed Food Really So Bad?

Some processing actually makes food safer.

Written by Curiosity Staff January 8, 2016

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