Okay, I will stop flaming out over SILICON DIOXIDE in my food. I first "discovered" SILICON DIOXIDE in my chili powder. Thanks to Chef Meg's recipe for Taco Seasoning Mix, which I rate as a 5 star recipe, and can be found on SparkRecipes.com, a SparkPeople member wrote a comment that if you are going totally salt free, read the chili powder label as commercial chili powder has salt added (Not a direct quote, only my memory of what she wrote). So I grabbed my chili powder and read the label. "CHILI PEPPER, SPICES, SALT, SILCON DIOXIDE, GARLIC." Why does my chili powder need salt and garlic? Okay, I am reducing my salt intake, I don't believe anyone should go totally salt free as we need salt, however, I'm not a doctor so if your doctor has advised you to go salt free, maybe you produce your own salt so you don't need to eat salt in any way, shape, or form. I have a girlfriend who's mother produces enough cholesterol naturally that she has a hard time eliminating it fast enough and she has to run for hours, literally, every day in order to keep it at some acceptable level.
Anyway, while looking at the chili powder label, I noticed SILICON DIOXIDE. Sounded like plastic and I wondered what the heck it was and why is someone adding plastic to my diet? I didn't taste it, but why add it to chili powder? So I Googled SILICON DIOXIDE. The link above will lead you to Buzzle.com and there is a good explanation of what SILICON DIOXIDE, also known as SILICA does for the body, adding a mineral to our bones to aid in fending off osteoarthritis and arthritis and also fending off aluminum, which apparently promotes Alzheimer's.
I'm okay with SILICON DIOXIDE now, so I won't be giving it another thought, but I thought I might save someone else from flaming out over it in their food.
On the other hand it reminded me about how much I have learned on, or because of SparkPeople.com. The information you find on SP is fantastic and if you don't find it in an article, someone is going to tell you something and you'll do something like I did, go word search it and find out what it is. Next time, I may not be deflamed, I might be inflamed, but at least I found out what it is and I can react accordingly.
It also reminded me that my health class I took in high school was a joke as far as health is concerned. I learned how to put on bandages, and how to treat shock. Two important things, but basically that was my health class. After reading most, if not all the articles at least once on SparkPeople, I can tell you I've learned more on my own volition than I ever learned in my high school health class! Maybe I'll sue due to their lack of educational value.
It's amazing what SparkPeople.com can do for us. I don't have time to sue my former school district. I'm too busy learning healthy ways and making myself healthier and I thank God everyday for Chris Downey and his brain child - SparkPeople.com. Thanks Chris. I know for a fact you can leave SparkPeople.com, but you can't get SparkPeople.com out of your system. I tried for a few months and I came back and I am now the healthiest I have ever been in my life and we're talking a long life at 64 years old.