I’m reading a great book about how the chemicals in our food and our environment are screwing us up and we don’t even know the half of it. It’s written by Randall Fitzgerald and goes by the name of The Hundred Year Lie. Check out this quote:
Now, fast-forward to what we confront today. As I write these words, I have just read an article about another new chemical that tricks the taste buds into sensing salt or sugar without those substances actually being there. Invented by a biotechnology company in conjunction with Kraft, Nestle, Coca-Cola, and the Campbell Soup company, this new chemical has no flavor of its own and because it falls under the category of artificial flavor, it can be placed into food products without being listed on the ingredient label. The four food companies have contracted exclusive rights to use this new chemical but, citing trade secrecy laws, they refuse to identify what products will contain it. They insist that even without testing it they know this chemical will be safe for human consumption because it will be used in tiny quantities.