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14 Things People Probably Do Not Want To Know About Their Favorite Foods

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14 Things People Probably Do Not Want To Know About Their Favorite Foods

November 4, 2013 | By |

April McCarthy, Prevent Disease
Waking Times

There are hundreds of food industry facts that are sheltered from consumers and only made public by food scientists if absolutely necessary. The following are 14 of the more well known industry insider secrets that have been exposed now for some time, but still not common knowledge to millions of consumers.

Many consumer watchdogs have found that food label claims such as ‘pure’, ‘fresh’, ‘non-artificial’, ‘natural’ and ‘real’ are largely unregulated and false when these claims are investigated. Moreover, the processing of most foods, ingredients used in manufacturing, their byproducts, waste management and other details are often kept hidden from the public until they’ve been exposed by those willing to publicize the information.

1. The manufacturing of Greek yogurt produces millions of tons of toxic waste every year, and nobody knows what to do with it.

For every three or four ounces of milk, companies who manufacture greek yogurt can produce only one ounce of creamy Greek yogurt. The rest becomes acid whey. It’s a thin, runny waste product that can’t simply be dumped. Not only would that be illegal, but whey decomposition is toxic to the natural environment, robbing oxygen from streams and rivers. That could turn a waterway into what one expert calls a “dead sea,” destroying aquatic life over potentially large areas. Spills of cheese whey, a cousin of Greek yogurt whey, have killed tens of thousands of fish around the country in recent years.The $2 billion Greek yogurt market and state government officials are scrambling not just to figure out uses for whey, but how to make a profit off of it. Source

2. All grocery retail orange juice that is “not from concentrate” is processed with “artificial flavor” to ensure that each bottle tastes exactly the same.

No matter what time of year and regardless of the origin of oranges, large juice manufacturers like Pepsico are consistently blending perfectly flavored orange juice specifically through carefully controlled processes and artificial flavor calibration. These mixtures are added to replace the natural flavors lost when the juice chemically separates oxygen (“deaerates” ) to be able to maintain shelf life for more than one year without oxidizing.

Because the added flavor is technically derived from orange oil extract (although it is completely, artifically and a chemically manufactured derivative), it does not need to be specifically listed in the ingredients.Source

3. Vegetarian burgers are far more toxic than conventional beef patties.

More than 99% of vegetarian burgers at grocery retailers are made with soy protein isolate (aka textured vegetable protein, aka soy meal). These substances derived from defatted soy flour are mostly used in pet foods, but sweetened up with sugar and spices to help improve their taste. Soy oil is generally separated from flaked soybeans — leaving defatted meal that’s ground into flour — using a chemical called hexane, one of the volatile organic compounds that constitutes natural gas, crude oil and gasoline. Since more than 95% of soy is also genetically modified, you’re also getting a nice dose of transgenic DNA in your veggie burgers.The Cornucopia Institute, a U.S.-based progressive farm policy outfit, had samples of soy oil, soy meal and soy grits tested, and both the soy meal and soy grits exceeded the hexane limit in food of 10 parts per million. A bigger question we might be asking ourselves is why there is a hexane limit in our foods in the first place??? Source

4. Conventional milk is made by high heating, homogenizing, pasteurizing, re-packing and combining the milk of hundreds of cows fed genetically modified grain and injected with hormones.

Old-time farmers will say they can tell where their cows have been grazing by the taste of the milk. By contrast, the milk we buy in supermarkets will be uniformly white. Its cream won’t rise. And a lactic perfume will be detectable only if the milk is ultra heated.Cows are kept in herds of about 800 and fed not grass, but standardized mixes of genetically modified grains, old citrus, alfalfa and nut husks. Today, according to UC Davis estimates, about a third of the herds in California are treated with hormones to increase production. The milk will be standardized, fortified, pasteurized and homogenized. Translated, this means that it will be taken apart and put back together again, not always in the same proportions. Then it will be cooked and emulsified. At that point do you think it’s still milk? Source

5. Producers of maraschino cherries chemically bleach (through a preserved brine solution) and then marinate the cherries in huge vats of corn syrup and food coloring (FD&C Red 40) to make the cherries red againSource1 Source2

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The food additive “MSG” is a slow poison which hides behind dozens of names, such as natural flavouring and yeast extract. Currently, labeling standards do not require MSG to be listed in the ingredient list of thousands of foods.

Secretly, soup manufacturers admit that they have refered to MSG as “natural” (that is refined from vegetable protein and yeast) and establish it in the list of ingredients as ” yeast extract “or” hydrolyzed protein. “War of ads broke in 2008 because Campbell and Progresso were so worried that customers would not buy soup if they knew the amount of MSG containing. Source

7. Processed canned soups go through such violent processing that manufacturers must grow mutant sized vegetables so they don’t disintegrate in the soup.

The food you make at home isn’t reheated while being violently shaken. In order to destroy any pathogens, FDA requirements dictate that soup, once canned, be heated to 250 degrees; many manufacturers speed that process by agitating the can, thereby ensuring that the heat distributes itself more rapidly. This requirement changes the flavor of soup also changes the way the soup itself is actually made.Soup companies shy away from ingredients that break down in the canning process so they grow special freakish mutant vegetables like carrots which look like tree limbs–they’re like baseball bats. But once they go through the cooking process, they come out looking like the small young ones that you’d put into your soup. Source

8. Most ice creams are thickened and stabilized with a slew of toxic ingredients. 

These include a variety of emulsifiers which prevent the ice cream from destabilizing. They include polysorbate 80, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, carrageenan, xanthan gum, guar gum and soy lecithin. If your store brand or parlor ice cream melts rapidly, that’s a good sign as it likely has a low overrun and little fat destabilization, which means a lower percentage of toxic emulsifiers and stabilizers. Source

9. Hot dogs are filled with a sticky mixture of cuts of mechanically separated chicken, pork, fats and starch or “grain fillers.”

The red or light brown dog varieties usually on sale everywhere contain very little real meat. Instead, they are made up of 64 percent mechanically-recovered chicken and 17 percent is pork. Mechanically-recovered meat is the slimy paste created when a carcass — stripped of all traditional cuts — is forced through a metal sieve or blasted with water. The process is banned for beef, but is permitted for pigs and poultry, and the meat produced is ten times cheaper than normal meat.Most hot dogs typically contain, high fructose corn syrup, starch, milk protein, sodium nitrite, flavors, potassium and sodium triphosphates, polyphosphates (E452), sodium ascorbate and carmine. Source

10. Many olive oils “extra virgin” imported (and expensive) are actually made with cheaper oils of seeds and nuts.

To boost profits, for example, some producers have been caught adulterating the oil they label as “extra virgin” with much cheaper hazelnut, soy, or sunflower seed oil, among others, as well as mislabeling its country of origin.

Read the fascinating (and hilarious) report by Tom Mueller on olive oil fraud business, that eventually became the book Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil. Source

11. Food products that are red and pink are often dyed with cochineal extract, also known as tiny crushed insect bodies.

Cochineal extract sometimes appears as carminic acid or carmine. You can learn more about the process of making the dye hereSource

12. Coffee creamer is made from corn syrup and (trans fatty acids/hydrogenated) vegetable oils.There is no cream. These are the ingredients listed on the label of the original liquid cremora Coffee – Mate:

WATER
SOLIDA VEGETABLE OIL
MOSTLY HYDROGEN SOYBEAN AND / OR COTTON SEED OIL
LESS THAN 2% OF SODIUM CASEINATE (DERIVED FROM MILK)
Dipotassium
Mono-and diglycerides
SODIUM ALUMINOSILICATE
ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR
CARRAGEENAN
Source

13. To make bacon, the pork bellies hanging in this strange wash cabinet are bathed in a shower of “liquid smoke”.
The creepy red rain converts the flesh tints to a more familiar color of bacon that consumers desire. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is investigating the safety of liquid smoke as a food flavoring. Source

14. Shredded cheese is packed with refined wood pulp to prevent sticking.

Cellulose made of decomposed plant fibers (including wood) and is a common food additive to make make ice cream creamier or thicken salad dressing without adding calories. Since it is natural, even packaged foods labeled as organic often include cellulose. Mmmmm Sawdust! Yummy.

About the Author

April McCarthy is a community journalist playing an active role reporting and analyzing world events to advance our health and eco-friendly initiatives.

A chicken Farmer

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2013 by ecofrenfood
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A chicken farmer went to a local bar…. sat next to a woman and ordered a glass of champagne.

The woman perks up and says, ‘How about that? I just ordered a glass of champagne, too!’

‘What a coincidence’ the farmer says. ‘This is a special day for me ….I am celebrating.’

‘This is a special day for me too, I am also celebrating!’ says the woman.

‘What a coincidence!’ says the farmer.  As they clinked glasses the farmer asked, ‘What are you celebrating?’

‘My husband and I have been trying for years to have a child, and today my gynecologist told me that I am finally pregnant !’

‘What a coincidence,’ says the farmer. ‘I’m a chicken farmer and for years all of my hens were infertile, but today they are all laying fertilized eggs.’

‘That’s great!’ says the woman. ‘How did your chickens become fertile?’

‘I used a different cock,’ he replied.

The woman smiled and said, ‘What a coincidence.’

5 Exotic Foods We Want To Try (Plus 5 We Really Don’t)

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5 Exotic Foods We Want To Try (Plus 5 We Really Don’t)

TOP ROW: Strange Foods To Try

1 – Durian fruit – Yes, durian isn’t all that exotic in many parts of the world. But here in the States, it’s hard to find fresh durian, and its rotting odor still makes this a choice for adventurous eaters.

2 – Frog legs – Again, a familiar dish in many regions. But still one we’ve never tried.

3 – Reindeer paté – Rudolph in a can? We’ve heard this is meaty and delicious.

4 – Bird’s nest soup – Ever since we read about this in National Geographic when we were kids, this exceedingly expensive soup has been fascinating to us.

5 – Mangosteen – They are slowly becoming more available, after a ban on their import was lifted, but we still have never seen one! We want to try this King of Fruits! Read more about mangosteen here.

BOTTOM ROW: Strange Foods to Avoid

6 – Balut – The embryo of a chicken or duck, still in its shell. A delicacy in some regions of Asia, but we’re too chicken to try. See one guy’s account of trying this.

7 – Casu marzu – A cheese from Sardinia that has live maggots inside. We could never do it!

8 – Kopi luwak coffee – We are huge (huge!) coffee lovers and conoisseurs, but that doesn’t quite stretch to coffee pooped out by an animal.

9 – Roasted beetles – They’re greasy, salty street food snacks in many parts of the world, including China. But eat a cockroach? No way!

10 – Fish sperm sashimi – Even Kathryn, the most intrepid eater we know, said she wishes she could take back eating this.

http://www.thekitchn.com/10-offbeat-foods-we-want-to-tr-91658

Wire transforms objects into works of art….

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Wire transforms objects into works of art….

Don’t eat chicken wings – Ladies especially! URBAN LEGENDs

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 22, 2011 by ecofrenfood

Description: Email rumor
Circulating since: May 2004
Status: False

Example:
Email text contributed by Isabelle E., May 26, 2004:

Don’t eat chicken wings – Ladies especially!

This is a true story! I am very concerned about the health of the people out there especially the women!

A friend of mine recently had a growth in her womb and she underwent an operation to remove the cyst. The cyst removed was filled with a dark coloured blood.

She thought that she would be recovered after the surgery but she was terribly wrong. A relapse occurred just a few months later. Distressed, she rushed down to her gynecologist for a consultation. During her consultation, her doctor asked her a question that puzzled her. He ask if she was a frequent consumer of chicken wings and she replied yes wondering as to how, he knew of her eating habits.

You see, the truth is in this modern day and age, chickens are injected with steroids to accelerate their growth so that the needs of this society can be met. This need is none other then the need for food. Chickens that are injected with steroids are usually given the shot at the neck or the wings. Therefore, it is in this places that the highest concentration of steroids exist.

These steroids have terrifying effects on the body as it accelerates growth. It has an even more dangerous effect in the presence of female hormones, this leads to women being more prone to the growth of a cyst in the womb.

Therefore, I advise the people out there to watch their diets and to lower their frequency of consuming chicken wings! People who receive this email, please forward it to your friends and loved ones. I am sure no one wants to see him or her suffer!

http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_chicken_wings.htm

Chef Martin Yan breaks down a chicken in 18 seconds

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Chef Martin Yan breaks down a chicken in 18 seconds

We are so blessed and should not complain about food…..

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 8, 2010 by ecofrenfood

We are so blessed and should not complain about food…..

http://www.cultureunplugged.com/play/1081/Chicken-a-la-Carte

Chicken a la Carte :

Director: Ferdinand Dimadura | Producer: Ferdinand Dimadura
Genre: Drama | Produced In: 2005 | Country: Philippines

Synopsis: This film is about the hunger and poverty brought about by Globalization. There are 10,000 people dying everyday due to hunger and malnutrition. This short film shows a forgotten portion of the society. The people who live on the refuse of men to survive. What is inspiring is the hope and spirituality that never left this people.