I read an article by Eric Pfeifer on Yahoo News today and it made me sick. It was about the chemicals that fast food restaurants and food manufacturers put into our foods without our knowing. Here is an excerpt:
McDonald’s Confirms That It’s No Longer Using ‘Pink Slime’ Chemical in Hamburgers
McDonald's announced last week that, as of last August, it has stopped using ammonium hydroxide in the production of its hamburgers. MSNBC reports that the chemical, used in fertilizers, household cleaners and even homemade explosives, was also used to prepare McDonalds' hamburger meat.
The U.S. Agriculture Department classifies the chemical as "generally recognized as safe.”
The food industry uses ammonium hydroxide as an anti-microbial agent in meats, which allows McDonald's to use otherwise "inedible meat."
McDonald's says they stopped using the chemical months ago and deny the move came after a public campaign against ammonium hydroxide by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. On his show, Oliver said of the meat treatment: "Basically we're taking a product that would be sold in the cheapest form for dogs and making it 'fit' for humans."
The International Business Times also list other chemicals that showing up in our foods:
Propylene glycol: This chemical is very similar to ethylene glycol, a dangerous anti-freeze. This less-toxic cousin prevents products from becoming too solid. Some ice creams have this ingredient; otherwise you'd be eating ice.
Carmine: Commonly found in red food coloring, this chemical comes from crushed cochineal, small red beetles that burrow into cacti. Husks of the beetle are ground up and forms the basis for red coloring found in foods ranging from cranberry juice to M&Ms.
Shellac: Yes, this chemical used to finish wood products also gives some candies their sheen. It comes from the female Lac beetle.
L-cycsteine: This common dough enhancer comes from hair, feathers, hooves and bristles.
Silicon dioxide: Nothing weird about eating sand, right? This anti-caking agent is found in many foods including shredded cheese and fast food chili.
SO FRIENDS, THE QUESTION IS THIS… WHAT ARE WE REALLY EATING? And more importantly, what are these chemicals (that we don’t even realize that we are eating) doing to our bodies???
At the HEALTHY EDGE program offered at Ivywood Wellness Center, we learn that eating WHOLE FOODS – especially organic whole foods – is our best avenue to eating well and taking care of our bodies. What is a whole food? It’s simply a food in its natural form (not processed). An orange is made of an orange; almonds are made of almonds, etc.
Also, cooking your own meals at home allows you to know exactly what’s in your food. And it saves a LOT of money versus eating out several times a week. Don’t have enough time during the work week to cook? Try preparing a couple of large meals on Sundays and serve them during the week. Fast…easy…healthy!
I really don’t know how food manufacturers can sleep at night knowing what they are secretly putting into our foods. It makes me sick… literally.