It’s quite sad what the food industry has done to this country all in the name of profits. We now have genetically modified foods that are causing who-knows-what kinds of problems in the long term and processed food litters the aisles at every grocery store, including Whole Foods!
The problem is, it takes more than just a little digging around Google to figure out exactly what’s in the foods you’re eating. Even when you try to eat healthy at a WalMart or Target, you probably don’t realize that all of their produce is covered in pesticides and other horrible chemicals. To be honest, the only way to truly eat well is to grow your own produce. That’s impossible for probably 95% of this nation.
So, I was digging around the dubya-dubya-dubya the other day and came across an old article about lies the food industry is feeding us on Cracked.com.
: Cellulose You might know this term better as wood pulp. That’s right, freakin’ wood pulp! Where will you find it? You know that grated Kraft cheese you love to put on salads or nachos? Wood pulp! It’s used as a cheap filler so they don’t have to use real ingredients…which cost more. You can also find this crap in Aunt Jemima’s pancake syrup, Pillsbury Pastry Puffs, Kraft Bagel-Fuls, fast-food cheese (think about that the next time you order a burger from McDonald’s!), Sara Lee’s breakfast bowls, and the pièce de résistance, Hot Pockets.
: Orange Juice I know, you think because the label reads 100% natural it means it’s 100% natural! Actually, most orange juice has been sitting for over a year in storage tanks where the oxygen has been removed to prevent spoilage. This way they can produce OJ year-round, even when oranges aren’t in season. The problem is, this process removes the taste from the OJ. So the solution is to add a chemically constructed “flavor pack.” Thanks to loopholes in regulations, this shit is still considered 100% natural juice!
: Ammonia-infused Hamburger Two words: pink slime! Nothing kills e-coli better than ammonia. So why not pass that beef through a tube filled with ammonia-gas to kill it? Think about that the next time your BigMac smells and tastes like piss!
: Fake Berries The number of blueberries you’ve eaten this year (in premade foods) that came from a field is probably close to zero. You know that blueberry muffin tray you bought at WalMart to take to the office food-day? Fake. Here’s the fun part…they’re made from various chemical combinations of corn syrup, a chemist’s truckload of food colorings, and a whole host of other chemicals. Once again, the advantages are all in the name of profits…to the detriment of our health. Offenders: Kellogg’s Blueberry Mini-Wheats, all Betty Crocker products, Total’s Blueberry Pomegranate cereal.
: Free Range Chickens There are actually no regulations whatsoever for the use of the term free range for any chickens raised for anything but their meat. In other words, only the chickens you eat are actually free range. However, this term is muddy. Free range can mean they are kept crammed into an open space with access to the outdoors. Nevermind the fact that they probably have about 4 inches of free range space because there are too many chickens crammed into the area! The term gets muddier when you buy eggs from free range chickens. Because of weak government regulation and term definition, you probably aren’t getting an egg that’s any better, or more humane, than eggs purchased from shitholes like WalMart or Target. Solution? Buy local where you can purchase directly from a farmer and actually SEE his chickens!
: Bullshit Health Claims There are just too many to list here. But if you pick up a container of yogurt and it claims to loser cholesterol, help you lose weight, and cure cancer, you can bet it does none of those things. Hell, you could write a PhD thesis on the bullshit claims of yogurt and the ill-effects it has on the human body.
The point of all of this is an attempt to make the consumer stand up and demand something better. The real problem is that no one wants to take the time or effort to do that. Everyone complains about being fat and unhealthy but they continue to eat the same shit day after day. Do yourself a favor and spend some time looking into what’s in your food supply. And don’t tell me you’re too busy. If you have time to watch some of the mindless television I know you’re watching, you have time to do a little research into your the food you’re shoving down your throat.
Seriously, what’s more important, the asinine ramblings of The Bachelor or your health? Sadly, I have a feeling most of this country will say The Bachelor!