In chemistry, a chemical substance is a form of matter that has a constant chemical composition and characteristic properties. It cannot be separated into components by physical separation methods. But instead, we have to break chemical bonds through reactions with other chemicals. A chemical substance can be solid, liquid, gas, or plasma. Chemical substances are often called ‘pure’ to set them apart from mixtures.
In nutrition, we often need to analyze diet according to nutrients, which are often chemical compounds or elements. But this analysis should not infer that chemicals exist in food in the ‘pure’ form. Because they exist as organic compounds that are created when plants absorb minerals as they grow. Then further organic changes take place as plants and herbivores are consumed up the food chain.
Foodary promotes the idea of healthy nutrition through balancing whole foods. But in that balancing process, we often use nutrient tables that include chemical names. However, we do not support the idea of balancing poor diet by adding chemicals to food. Exceptionally, especially in the case of illness, it might be necessary to use chemical interventions. But we believe these should always be taken under medical supervision.
So if you are tempted to take shortcuts with chemicals instead of real food, ask yourself “Is it worth long-term health issues for a short-term quick fix?”
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