How safe is your food :
Food technologies are developing very fast nowadays. DNAs are restructured and copied to breed new food be it domestic animals or vegetables. People are becoming more concern of what they consume. Organic foods, vegans, less fat, less sugar, less salt, no MSG added, all natural ingredients, no artificial coloring, no preservatives, fresh fruits, 100% vegetarians, no-cholesterol, zero-oil, skimmed milk and the list goes on. For the very health and conscious consumers they take it very seriously and even count how many grams of sugar and salt should be added to their meals or drinks. They restricted their consumption to mainly carbohydrates or greens only and not taking any proteins at all. They count every calorie that goes to the body and will become phobia to excessive salt, sugar and fats. This can lead to over-diet and can make one very anorexia or turned bulimia.
So consumers start to buy only selected food products in the market. Some are packed and wrapped nicely and look attractive to lure people. Fruits and items are mixed such as avocados, berries, dates, teas, pomegranate, honey, bananas, herbs, etc. This can make consumers difficult to choose the right combinations which fit them best. Different types of devices are also introduced to the public like massage machines, filters, cosmetics, apparels and even socks which claimed to have miracle powers and can cure any type of ailments in just a short period.
The sad things are good food like prawns, squids, meat, some fish, some chicken parts, egg yolks, sugar, salt, dairy products which are halal to be avoided and if possible to totally stop consuming. Instead turn to more lettuce, onions, greens and veggies. Remember when Allah provides Manna and Salwa to prophet Moses’s followers as their best sustenance for many years in the desert. Instead they look for alternatives which are basically veggies and onions. Remember prophet Muhammad SAW used to consume dates, fresh milk, pumpkins (fibrous: good for digestion), beef, honey, olives, figs, wheat flour, barley and dairy products. Our beloved prophet consumed in appropriate amount only to able to raise his bones. Haram items not to be consumed are ‘khinzir’, alcoholic drinks, clawed animals, unslaughtered animals and blood. These are forbidden due to their unhygienic life style, can cause intoxication to the minds and unclean contents. But sad to say these are mixed with foods such as cakes, soft-drinks, salads intentionally. This is exactly the reverse of the above mentioned food. Haram is made permissible.
We as Muslim consumers need to be knowledgeable and be able to read simple codes or ingredients as labeled on the packing. Besides that if we are to purchase supplements or bottled drinks, consult a GP or a Physician to verify whether they are safe and suit your body. A qualified pharmacist is another alternative to seek advice if the ingredients look very doubtful. Only then buy products which are tested and permitted by the Health authority of your country. Don’t be completely indulged by adverts from the media. With today’s IT technologies editing of pictures can be done easily. Prominent figures in communities can be used to attract users too. It’s really very difficult to say as any chemicals can alter their properties and may be hazardous to the human body. Only very qualified experts can tell how safe a product is but sometimes branded ones too can be unfit to be taken.