There’s a commotion in the news media at the moment generating fear in people’s minds about iodine supplements. If you’ve been under a rock, it’s due to a class action suit against Spiral Food’s Bonsoy soy milk because of how much iodine they added to the product. This follows in the heels of similar suits against Vitasoy for the same thing a few years ago.
“Journalism is the investigation and reporting of events, issues, and trends to a broad audience.”
And hoopla is what the media seems to do best these days – hype and hysteria without much eye on keeping to the facts.
Instead of “informing the public” journalists are violating their core principle of investigating and reporting. They are doing the opposite – misinforming the public.
The problem lies not in the simple argument of “to iodine or not to iodine supplement”. It comes down to how much we tamper with our food. It comes down to so-called improving our food by adding things that don’t naturally together. It comes down to tinkering with our food for the sake of shelf life and product sales….read profit.
Kombu or Kelp is the ingredient added to the soy milk that has caused the fuss. But they are not the bad guys here. The Japanese have centuries of generations to show that sea vegetables are good food. Seaweed is a key ingredient in Asian diets.
And to be clear, Iodine supplements are not the bad guy here either.
The real problem is that during the manufacturing process allowed too much of an ingredient to be part of a formula. And that creates havoc in any food manufacturing process.
When we go away from eating whole foods and eat highly processed foods, or foods made to substitute for another food, we open the door for mistakes.
The media presents this as a case about iodine supplements, not about poor manufacturing.
There is no defense for providing unsafe foods. People whose health has been adversely affected by poor manufacturing practices are fully justified in whatever course of action they choose.
If you have been a loyal fan of Bonsoy and believe your health may have been affected, see your GP first.
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