November 8, 2011

Food ADDITIVES can turn your stomach

Worried about gaining weight during the upcoming holiday season? "Pink slime" and chicken nuggets can help you diet.

Chicken nuggets ingredient?
Seriously! A photo really is worth a thousand words. I emailed this photo of  "mechanically separated chicken" to our son-in-law a month ago and his food tastes changed.

I had my doubts when this email made the rounds a year ago, so I checked its "truthiness." Yikes, almost everything I read was true. See for yourself what Snopes had to say about it. But be forewarned. Your food tastes might change forever. I can't believe I fed nuggets to my kids years ago. Ignorance was bliss.

Then you might want to watch this April 2011 episode of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, and you'll most likely limit your intake of ground beef too--unless you like ammonia. He shows how a centrifuge removes the fat from meat scraps (once used in pet food) which is then treated with ammonia to retard spoilage (as in kill the E coli and salmonella) and turns the stuff into "a mashlike substance frozen into blocks or chips." Ground beef can contain up to 15 percent of this gunk, and about 70 percent of our ground beef does. So if you ate a burger today, there’s a good chance you also ate some pink slime.

And the USDA says that's OK and that ammonia doesn't need to be listed as an ingredient because it's a "process"? I'm getting closer and closer to becoming a vegetarian.

What Companies Use Ammoniated Boneless Lean Beef Trimmings? Supposedly, more than 7 million pounds a week of this slime is included in fast-food burgers and retail packages of ground beef. Most fast-food chains use it as a component in ground beef, as do grocery stores.

The only sure way to keep the beef trimmings out of your own meals is to ask your local butcher to grind the beef you pick out of the meat display. Or buy grass-fed beef, which supposedly is clearly labeled and contains no ammonia.

Bon appetit.