Food scandals occur at more or less regular intervals. Sometimes it is rotten meat that excites the mind, then too high concentrations of acrylamide spoil the enjoyment of fries and biscuits. As a consumer, the uncertainty is great and not infrequently the question is asked: "What else can you eat without hesitation?"
Health risks due to food
It is not always easy for the consumer to assess potential health risks from food. Many feel threatened by possible contaminants in the food. Endangerment of undesirable substances in food is rather rare, but should be considered with the necessary attention. The personal behavior when buying and preparing the food can make a great contribution to minimizing the personal risk.
Paradise conditions in the supermarket
People have never been so well supplied with food as they are today. In the supermarket we find a wide range of goods. Ready-to-eat meals, which we only need to heat up in the microwave for 5 minutes before eating, fresh strawberries in winter, charcuterie with long shelf life, juicy pineapples from South America - all this is no longer a problem nowadays. The food industry has adapted to the consumption habits of consumers. With corresponding production processes, processing processes and transport routes, there are hardly any more limits in the provision of goods.
As a layman in food production, however, we often can not assess the risk of eating certain foods. The uncertainty is correspondingly large and many people are at a loss in front of the shopping shelf. What to look for when shopping? Which substances or substances can be problematic and are therefore undesirable?
Unwanted - acrylamide & Co.
From various sources, undesirable substances can enter our food. Thus, residues from pesticides or veterinary drugs can contaminate our food. When processing and preparing food, unwanted substances such as acrylamide, which is formed when heating certain products, can be produced. Of course, undesirable substances can also be found in foods. These include, for example, solanine in potatoes and blue-acid glycosides in almonds.
Some substances may cause concern for certain groups of people. Thus, some people have an intolerance to certain food ingredients such as histamines, sulfur compounds and some preservatives. But what does that mean for us? Are the foods therefore unsafe or even dangerous to health?
Minimize your personal risk!
In order to give you answers to the questions asked, we would like to give you detailed information on the undesirable substances in foods in a series of articles. We look at weekly certain substance classes. We consider their sources, their health concern depending on the concentration and the receiving organism. They should receive answers to questions about the legal situation and the current stress situation. Practical tips on grocery shopping, storage and processing should help you to be more aware of potential risks and minimize your personal risk.
As a layman in food production, we often fail to assess the risk of eating certain foods. The uncertainty is accordingly large. In our series, we have therefore highlighted the various undesirable substances in food and have their health-damaging potential gone to the bottom. Some informative results can be derived from this.
The dose is crucial
Undesirable substances in foods are not fundamentally classified as "harmful substances" or as harmful. It depends on the amount we absorb from a substance. Depending on the organism they only have a harmful effect on the health after a certain amount. Therefore, most of these substances are subject to maximum levels or limits set by law and monitored by the authorities. These are designed so that even with a lifelong daily intake of this substance there is no identifiable risk.
Food monitoring shows good quality
Every year, in addition to the official food monitoring, a so-called food monitoring takes place, which serves preventive consumer health protection. Foods in a basket that is representative of Germany are analyzed for levels of undesirable substances. This proves that the quality of our food is good, with a few exceptions.
We can not ignore our own responsibility
However, there is no one hundred percent safety against food contamination. That can not be avoided even the most committed state control. Although a risk from undesirable substances in food is rather rare, this should nevertheless be considered with the necessary attention. In addition, research into the effects of many substances is still in its infancy. Unfortunately, we can not ignore our responsibility as a consumer. The personal behavior when buying and preparing the food can make a great contribution to minimizing the personal risk. The individual articles will be discussed in detail.
It is not always easy for the consumer to assess potential health risks from food. Many feel threatened by possible harmful substances in the food. Supposed food scandals even spoil the enjoyment of food. A good knowledge of the actual dangers and their avoidability, but also a high sense of responsibility in the purchase and preparation of food give you as a consumer the greatest security. In addition, we must not forget about the possible dangers of harmful substances or undesirable substances in foods, that in the area of nutrition the risk factor No. 1 is the wrong eating behavior. From the point of view of science, a bad diet that is unbalanced and too high in calories is the biggest health risk for us.