By chemical, I mean artificial chemicals or highly extracted chemical components. So, “no chemical diet” suggests no (realistically minimal) consumption of synthesized manmade chemicals or nontraditional extracted food items produced after multiple steps, such as corn syrup. It does not include foods which are a collection of thousands of biochemicals. I suggest moderations in the gray areas which include traditional extracted single chemical component, such as sodium chloride, from the sea or sugar (sucrose) from sugarcanes.
Choose food with natural ingredients (biochemicals) if possible. For instance, if I want to eat guacamole, my rule is to choose a commercial guac with no chemicals or make one myself since all it needs is mashing up an avocados. Similarly, I can always deep fry thin slices of potatoes for chips. However, I understand that I would need to use dash of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) in my desserts. Eat organic to avoid things such as trace amounts of antibiotics, supplemental hormones, and pesticides/insecticides residues.
Not taking it to extremes. I believe in pragmatic rules of avoiding chemicals in diet, when realistic alternatives exist. I don’t believe in 100% compliance. For example, I still have many chemical-laden condiments that I eat because very little is added to food. Having said that, I would always buy organic ketchup (tomatoes and cane sugar) over 10 cents cheaper regular one with 50 different ingredients. Similarly, I don’t want to eat silicon dioxide (sand), which used as an anti-caking agent in spices. I would rather have clumped spices rather than eat nontraditional ingredient sand. I am also blatantly opposed to categorizing all artificial chemicals in one group. For example, I am not against iodized salt fortified with small amount iodine salts to prevent iodine deficiency. Similarly, I don’t shun milk fortified with vitamin D.
No restriction while eating out or experimenting. Really, I don’t want to be pretentious jerk when eating out or being cooked for. I also don’t want to limit my freedom to try once a new dish or a novel ingredient, even they contain chemicals. This rule also gives me flexibility to fulfill my urges for anything chemical, such as diet coke.
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