I’ll admit, I’ve always been one of those people who have heard about “preservatives and chemicals” in our food. Yet, I’ve never really took the time to inspect nutritional labels and the ingredients added to my food – unless calorie checking counts. Still, I had never really sat down and thought about what i was actually eating or what went into the food i ate. I always thought, “What’s the worst that could happen? I’ll get fat?”.. little did i know – that would be the least of my worries.
Recent health issues, a new-found distrust for big corporations, and the transition to a “greener” life-style, have led me to start making changes to my diet. I have stopped eating all fast food and pre-packaged meals. My new rule is, If the food isn’t made right there and then with fresh ingredients, then I’m not eating it.
Last week, i was attempting to re-create a “healthier version” of a Mcdonalds bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit to stave off some cravings. So there i was, trying to find the “healthiest” bacon i could find. Yet, i couldn’t find any bacon that didn’t have “Sodium Erythorbate” and
“Sodium Nitrite” listed in the ingredients. At the time, I didn’t even know what those were, but then i went home and did some research.
Sodium Erythorbate and Sodium Nitrite
Wikipedia defines Sodium Erythorbate and Sodium Nitrite as additives predominately found in packaged meats, poultry, and soft drinks. They are used to enhance flavour, inhibit bacterial growth, and help the meats retain their pink color. It also states that if taken in high amounts, like with many chemicals, they are harmful in humans and animals. However, many would argue that the amounts added to these foods are “so minuscule” to be of any significance.
Nevertheless, we mustn’t forget exactly how much processed foods we consume on a regular basis. The amounts surely add up, and even though the levels aren’t high enough to result in immediate death, they may just be high enough to lead to more severe issues in the future. Upon digging deeper, i confirmed my thoughts and discovered a grim truth. Get ready for this..
The World Cancer Reseach Fund’s review on over 7,000 clinical studies
The World Cancer Research Fund conducted a detail review on over 7,000 clinical studies and have found a processed meats cause cancer. This means that there are OVER 7,000 clinical studies done, that have all concluded that the consumption of red meat and processed meat can lead to cancer. That’s a lot!
On the report, they advise consumers to “completely avoid processed meats and limit the intake on read meats”. You can check the report out for yourself by clicking the following link: http://www.dietandcancerreport.org/cancer_resource_center/downloads/chapters/chapter_12.pdf.
The Institute for Natural Healing says,
(The)Bottom line: Processed meats are too dangerous for human consumption. Consumers should stop buying and eating all processed meat products for the rest of their lives.
They also list the following as examples of red and processed meats:
- Beef jerky
- Hot dogs
- Sandwich meat
- Frozen pizza with meat
- Canned soups with meat
- Frozen meals with meat
- Ravioli and meat pasta foods
- Kid’s meals containing red meat
- Sandwich meat used at popular restaurants
- Nearly all red meats sold at public schools, restaurants, hospitals, hotels and theme parks
(You can read the full article by clicking the following link: http://institutefornaturalhealing.com/2012/04/processed-meats-declared-too-dangerous-for-human-consumption/.)
Now, what most people probably wonder is, “If these foods are so bad for you, then why aren’t they banned?” Well, It’s all about the money, people! Always about the money.
Our food is riddled with dangerous additives, GMOs, and all kinds of crap that we don’t know about. We are unknowingly poisoning ourselves.
Not only that, there are countries that have BANS on U.S foods. That’s right. Other countries are refusing to eat our meats and other foods – That’s just to show you how bad it is for you.
Here is an excerpt from an article titled “10 things Americans eat that are banned elsewhere”:
In February 2013, Russia issued a long-term ban on U.S. red meat and pork as it contains ractopamine, a muscle enhancer banned in multiple countries including China (the ban only applies to pork) and Russia. “The drug is added to animal feed to promote leanness,” says Dessy. But it’s also linked to hyperactivity, muscle corrosion and adverse effects on the cardiovascular system in humans. “There are some studies which show that it can cause chromosomal abnormalities and behavioral changes,” adds Dessy.
It’s not the only drug fed to cows and pigs to increase muscle mass, but it is one of the few fed to animals in the last days before slaughter (to increase its effectiveness). And experts speculate as much as 20 percent of the drug can be present in meat consumers purchase from their local grocer.
Where it’s banned: Europe, Russia, mainland China & Republic of China (Taiwan).
Oh, and if that wasn’t enough … Check out this video
(You can read the accompanying article here: http://www.naturalnews.com/041646_Chicken_McNuggets_forensic_food_analysis_strange_fibers.html)
Trust me, it’s real. I checked it out myself with the microscope from work (medical office), and i found several fibers in the meat as well as bacteria. I would’ve taken pictures, but our microscope does not have that function.
If you don’t believe me, you can definitely check it out on your own!
What can we do about it?
This is exactly why more and more people are adopting a more back-to-the-land lifestyle. We can no longer trust the food that is available to us by all of these big corporations. They are not focused on our health, but rather on their profits.
I, myself, have still not figured out a solution to this problem. In New York City, everything is processed, and anything “organic” is really expensive.
Still, I would suggest to avoid eating fast-food, processed meat, packaged meals, frozen dinners, and any things that wasn’t made from fresh ingredients forever! Try to grow your own or obtain produce from farmers markets. Try to do some research and find out companies that actually care about the food, and don’t have all of these additives.
So, what do you think about all of this? What are some of your suggestions as to how we can access healthier meats? What about people who live in crowded cities such as NYC?
[I’m not the best writer, so i apologize in advance for any grammatical issues. I would love to receive feedback and constructive criticism, though.]