Is Jalapeno Sauce Not Green Enough?

Why do we need to eat meat that has artificial red color injected into it?  Do we really want the fake smell of chemical air-fresheners in the air we breathe?  Is real chocolate so boring that we need to add artificial flavoring to our ice cream?

Our consumer world is so full of artificial color, scent and flavor that many of us don’t know what natural is anymore.  We slather on chemically scented lotions and cleansers, we eat food sweetened with fake flavors, we drink unnaturally colored liquids.

Look at what is in your medicine cabinet, in your shower, on your pantry shelf, in your refrigerator.  Look at the ingredients – how many products that you use everyday contain “artificial flavors” or “Yellow No.5” or “fragrance”?   What would happen to your sense of smell if you stopped using body care products that smelled overly strong of artificial fragrances?  What would your taste buds savor if you gave your palate a break from chemical flavorings?  How mouth-watering would food look if you ate meals made from real ingredients found in nature?

I challenge you to try this for 2 weeks:  Use only unscented cleansers, shampoos, and lotions.  Eat food that is homemade or at least does not contain any artificial flavor.  Avoid any food or drink that contains artificial coloring.  Read your labels; just last week I saw jalapeno sauce on a restaurant table that had added blue and yellow coloring to make it look more green (jalapenos are already green!).

My guess is that you will not miss any of those chemicals.  And your nose, eyes and taste buds will wake up and become more alive than ever!  You will savor the scents, colors and flavors that nature has gifted us and find a new appreciation for foods and products that are made with natural ingredients.

Try the challenge for 2 weeks.  What was your experience?  How did it change the way you treat your body and senses now?

Tags: artificial color, artificial flavors, artificial fragrance, artificial ingredients, fragrance, healthy food, lifestyle, natural food, natural fragrance, natural ingredients, natural skin care

Topics: General Health, Miscellaneous

Publish Date: September 14, 2010     *Articles may include updates since original publishing.

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Diana Hermann is a licensed acupuncturist and board certified in Chinese Herbal Medicine. She received her Master Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, OR and trained in China at the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Diana treats patients in her Fort Collins, Colorado clinic and hand crafts herbal skin care products for her company Zi Zai Dermatology. In 2015, she completed the Diploma In Chinese Medicine Dermatology program from Avicenna in London, UK. She completed the program for a second time in 2019 in Chicago.

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  1. Amanda says:

    Amen! I’ve cleaned up my diet but need to focus on cosmetics. I have an annoying rash on my lips which doesn’t sound unlike what you went through. It makes you realize that our bodies don’t care about the smell or taste of something and it’s our skin that deals with the backlash of all these fake, chemical cocktails we’ve been brainwashed to love.

  2. G.H. says:

    I have, by necessity (for my health, since my body is so sensitive to things), been doing this seriously for a couple of decades already!

    It is so tiresome, especially in the US (*), because everything is “jazzed up” with so much extraneous stuff — big (artificial) flavors, big (artificial) colors, big branding and marketing and packaging.

    I personally don’t mind eating very simply, hardly going out to eat, not using makeup most of the time, not using perfume, not burning candles or having potpourri sitting around, using homemade cleaning products, etc., but most Americans wouldn’t want to live the way I do.

    (*) I lived in Europe for a long time, and it was so much easier there than it is in the US,
    at least the way it is in the middle of the middle of (!) the US where I am from
    (I have never lived in the more ‘tuned-in’ places of the US like certain regions of California, Oregon, Colorado, NYC, etc.) —
    in Europe, it was easier to get more unadulterated food in supermarkets, to eat out simply and safely in restaurants, to have a simplified, “clean” lifestyle. (Not because it was trendy, but because if I didn’t, I would feel/be unwell.)

    Recently I have had some irritant and/or allergen dermatitis that I don’t know the cause(s) of, and to try to avoid whatever it is that is causing it, I’ve been trying out so many different body care products that are marketed to be extra “hypoallergenic” and for “sensitive skin” and “dermatologist recommended” and all the rest of it —
    and I could not believe it when one highly-rated product I bought that proudly claims to be “hypoallergenic” and “fragrance free” turned out to have bright yellow artificial coloring in it, for no good reason. (The bottle it comes in is opaque so you can’t see the color anyway, you use it for only a short time in the shower or bathtub, and the liquid would probably be an inoffensive light grey or a cloudy white if it didn’t have any artificial coloring in it.)
    I’m not saying that this artificial yellow color is going to cause most people problems, but it’s weird to throw something like that in a product that is marketed as being for very sensitive/allergic people, and there probably are some people who are actually sensitive to that ingredient.

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