On March 11th, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic. Shortly following this alarming announcement, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that Americans keep a 14 day supply of food and other essentials. Not surprisingly, this ignited a mass rush to supermarkets, with people hoarding groceries, sanitary items, and cleaning products. Many stores have been left struggling to keep up with the surge in demand. In one poignant example, sales of dried beans surged by 400 percent as compared to the same week in the previous year.
You’re scrounging through your fridge for something to eat when you realize there isn’t anything worth devouring. Your search for food takes you to your pantry where you think some promising ingredients might reside. Yet, did you know these non-perishable items may can contain deadly additives such as hidden sodium, preservatives and carcinogenic elements? Keep reading to discover the five most harmful ingredients hiding in your pantry. [Read more…]