All Natural, Suckers

Have you ever heard of this argument? “Do it, it is all natural.” I did, and my parents say it a lot, making it one of the most detestable argument for me, and I am tired of it, which is why I am ranting on this post. I have been skeptical of this since I was a lad. They use the arguments in things like food and multi vitamins. They think because, lets say, orange juice from mom is natural, it is better for you. Now, let’s pick apart this argument, shall we?

So what?, don’t other companies use orange, so what if they do it in factories? Even if they use concentrates, if they add the right amount of nutrients, even though it can taste different, it can have the same nutritional values (except the extra fibers). When one evaluates whether something is healthy or not, one should look at ingredients like sugar and the processes, and one could add that they don’t like the taste of the factory produced juice. Now, there may be scary sounding ingredients that are say… preservatives. How can one discern whether such chemical is unhealthy without reaserching it and by pulling the “it is a chemical, so it is bad”? Certainly everything is chemical, but just because something sounds scary doesn’t mean it is.

See what kind of problems I have with “it is all natural.”? An argument should be able to stand up based on its own evidence, not by its origin. If the origin sounds good, but the evidence is bad, what point is there by saying it came from such and such place? By pulling the all natural gambit, it implies that one doesn’t have enough evidence for it, and therefore, one needs to apply it because there are no other good enough arguments. Not only that, some bad stuff are all natural like poison, so the argument doesn’t even make sense. Arguments without the all natural excuse should be like this: It is bad because it contains etc etc etc, and they do this and this and this (or replace bad with good, whatever you feel like defending).

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