For this third glossary building, I have read about food. As I was reading about added sugars, I learned that people consume lots of added sugars without realizing it. The article I read also state that overconsumption of sugar is not good for people’s health. This article I read Added sugar is hiding in 74% of packaged foods, it says that a lot of the food we eat contains sugar and that it is hard to see it on the food label as there are 61 names for sugars. Therefore, it is hard for people to know how much they are consuming. Even healthy looking food can contain lots of sugar according to the article. Also, I have seen the word “processed foods” a lot and what I read about processed foods surprised me because when I thought of processed foods, I thought differently than what the word really means according to the article What is a Processed Food? You Might Be Surprised!
One of the words I found that I think consumers should know is added sugars. According to sugar science, added sugar means specifically any sugar added during preparation of foods, in the processing plan, and or at the table. Many of us eat added sugar because it is everywhere. Usually whenever I look at the food label, I often see “added sugar”. As I was going through the PowerPoint, I saw this acronym GRAS. I did not know what it was so I searched it. This acronym stands for Generally Recognized as Safe. This is used in the food industry a lot as they have to determine which food is safe and what not. According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, use of food substance can be generally recognized as safe through scientific procedures. There are other ways to determine when food substance can be GRAS. The last word I chose is processed foods because I think it will be helpful for consumers to know what it really means. Also, it will be nice to know what exactly are processed foods. I have heard of this word many times; however, something else came in mind. When I heard “processed foods”, I thought of junk food or something sweet like snacks. However, I found out that processed foods means that any little change made before it is consumed. I was surprised but also glad to know this information. Drying, cooking, preserving with salt, washing and packaging vegetables is consider processed foods and many other form is consider processed foods according to the article What is a Processed Food? You Might Be Surprised! Basically lots of foods are consider processed if not most.
Added sugars: “Any sugar added in preparation of foods, either at the table, in the kitchen or in the processing plant. This may include sucrose, high fructose corn syrup and others. ” (SugarScience)
GRAS: Stands for Generally Recognized as Safe. Food industry use this to determine safe and unsafe foods.
Processed Foods: “Food processing is any deliberate change in a food that occurs before it’s available for us to eat. It can be as simple as freezing or drying food to preserve nutrients and freshness, or as complex as formulating a frozen meal with the right balance of nutrients and ingredients. ” (What is a Processed Food? You Might Be Surprised! )
“Glossary.” SugarScience.UCSF.edu, 6 Oct. 2014, http://sugarscience.ucsf.edu/glossary.html#.Wgp0SZN94_U
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. “Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS).” U S Food and Drug Administration Home Page, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, http://www.fda.gov/food/ingredientspackaginglabeling/gras/.
“What is a Processed Food? You Might Be Surprised!” Understanding Our Food Communications Tool Kit, Sept. 2010, pp. 1–3.