By Staff Reports
(DGIwire)– Do you have any idea what is in the food you are eating? Unless you are buying whole, fresh, natural foods and preparing them yourself, the answer is most likely, no.
Modern food products are the result of combining and balancing science, technology, engineering, shelf-life, costs and profits. Early examples of food innovation are pasteurization and fermentation. Genetically engineered food products were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1994.
In 2008, a new system using an industrial centrifuge and ammonia gas that better sanitizes beef trimmings (previously waste) was invented. Originally called boneless beef lean trimmings (BBLT) it is now being referred to as “pink slime”. Pink slime is not the only thing that has been added to your burgers: head meat, cheek meat and edible lean organ meats are all widely used to make the beef Americans love to eat. The majority of the beef consumed comes from animals that are treated miserably and processed in questionable conditions while producing negative environmental effects.
Ground beef is just one example. Packaged foods and fast foods are filled with questionable ingredients and unnatural macronutrient combinations. Sodas contain sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Bread contains cellulose which is the “label” name for virgin wood pulp (that’s right, ground up wood). Harmful trans-fats are still in fried and other foods.
Is our food production system broken? We can’t depend on manufacturers or our government to solve the problem because it is us, not them, who are the cause and are ultimately responsible. As a society, largely, we demand cheap tasty food even if we know it might not be good for us. Do we really want our government to step in with regulations to protect us? There are riots in several European countries right now as a result of dissatisfaction with government intervention. If the government here suddenly banned junk food, it’s quite possible that we could have another American Revolution on our hands.
If we are buying and eating these products, and we most definitely are, you can’t blame the manufacturers who are producing them. They are just giving us what we demand. You don’t believe that? Mc Donald’s considered replacing French fries with sliced apples in Happy Meals. Guess what? When surveyed, parents strongly objected and the plan was scrapped.
Tom Griesel, an author and long time health consultant sums up the problem: “There is an answer. We can vote for better food with our dollars and our purchases. If less people buy processed and junk food and more start buying fresh, natural foods, change will come. In the interim, it’s up to us as individuals to educate ourselves and make the best choices for ourselves and our families.”