The European Food Safety Agency tends to be a few steps ahead of ours when it comes to exercising precaution and introducing preventative measures to protect the health of Europeans.
Why? Maybe it’s because they don’t have a “for profit” health care system. They actually have to try to keep people healthy, because if Europeans had the same rates of diseases that we do here, it would crush their economy, since taxpayers would have to foot the health care bill.
Back in the U.S., sickness sells. So there is little incentive economically to introduce precautionary measures like this.
But just because our government agencies don’t get the word out, it doesn’t mean that we can’t.
Here is an interesting infographic on a cancer causing agent that is found in everyday foods. None of us can do everything, but all of us can do something, so maybe when you’re making those potatoes, keep an eye on the color. A little bit of prevention can go a long way.
Follow Robyn on Twitter @foodawakenings. She is a former financial analyst and author.
This article originally appeared on blogs.prevention.com.