On the issue of pink slime, it’s not as if the food industry saw the light, they just felt the heat! The main supplier of ammoniated pink slime, Beef Products, Inc., has been spiraling down. But now there’s a good chance you are eating some of the other unappetizing ingredients that simply don’t belong in our food. Trusting the food industry to help you make healthy choices can be a big mistake. Here are some more of the ways by which food suppliers continue to lose credibility.
Azodicarbonamide in Bread
This “dough conditioner” is the same chemical used to make yoga mats, shoe soles, and other rubbery objects. Azodicarbonamide is banned in Europe and Australia and its use carries a prison sentence in Singapore. When azodicarbonamide is baked in bread, it produces the carcinogen urethane. While Subway announced it is “in the process of removing azodicarbonamide as part of our bread improvement efforts,” the dough conditioner is also used in food at McDonald’s, Burger King, Starbucks, Arby’s, Wendy’s, Jack in the Box and Chick-fil-A. It is also in grocery store and restaurant breads, CNN says.
Plastic Microbeads in Fish
Plastic microbeads are used in toothpaste, liquid hand soaps, skin exfoliators, other personal care products, and industrial cleaners. Last year the microbeads were found in water samples in three of the Great Lakes. The beads work their way up the marine food chain where they “absorb and retain chemical contaminants,” says the Chicago Tribune.
Brominated Vegetable Oil in Beverages
The oil, from corn or soy, is bonded with the element bromine which is used in couches and carpets as a flame retardant. Bromide is an endocrine disruptor and part of the halide family which includes fluorine, chlorine and iodine. It competes for the same receptors in the body as iodine and can cause iodine deficiency among other things.
High Fructose Corn Syrup and Artificial Sweeteners in , , , Pretty Much Everything
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is cheaper for soft drink and bread makers to use and store than “real sugar” It has been linked to liver damage, diabetes, heart problems, obesity and even mercury consumption. Yet, aspartame, saccharin and acesulfame potassium, three leading artificial sweeteners, have all been linked to cancer.
A 2011 study by the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine found that people who drank one diet soda every day had a 61 percent higher chance of having a heart attack or stroke. Questions also persist about artificial sweeteners’ links to Alzheimer’s disease, autism, chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
Transglutaminase Also Known as “Meat Glue”
Meat glue is transglutaminase, an adhesive powder originally obtained from animal blood, but lately more likely to come from fermented bacteria which is cheaper. Meat glue lets chefs cobble together disparate and low-quality scraps of meat, put it in the refrigerator overnight and produce “filet mignon.”
Up to 35 percent of food products contain meat glue, including tofu, milk, yogurt and even cereal according to industry accounts. Animal versions of meat glue in which the coagulation animal protein thrombin is combined with fibrin have affected blood clotting time in humans because bovine thrombin can cross-react with human factors.
Food providers that have engaged in food fraud, or have been slipping such poisonous ingredients into your food, are not worthy of your trust or patronage, ever!
Consider the First Source!
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word choreographed an assembly of amino acids into an exquisite array of specific proteins. Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.” In so doing God demonstrated a penchant for genomic writing, preceeded by an amazing series of prebiotic events, in a highly orchestrated presentation of evolutionary overcontrol.