Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Will Someone Sue McDonald's Over This?

Photographer Sally Davies has kept a hamburger and fries on her shelf for six months....

The image on the left is, she reports, what it looked like after six months...

She posted daily pics here.

So, what happened to the "food" after six months?

"The only change that I can see is that it has become hard as a rock," Davies told the U.K. Daily Mail.

See more here.

Wonder what it does to the digestive system if it can't decompose after six months of sitting out on a shelf.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

You're eating chicken smash...

"I have no time." Will that attitude come back to haunt you in 10 years?

Next time you eat fast food chicken or buy processed chicken in the store, know this is what you're eating...See here.

Can you ever put processed chicken in your mouth, sober, again? Much less watch as your children put it into their mouths?

Any wonder everyone is fatafat, sick, tired and hungry all the time? To say nothing of cranky?

Correction to some facts below.

P.S. As reader Jackie A pointed out to me today, the original article has some factual errors. She's QA Manager for a major poultry company, and writes, "Here all internal organs are removed, the birds then goes through a clean and chill process. Chickens will NOT go to the MSC machine with heads and guts." Thanks, Jackie.

We can (and I do) buy bones separately for the marrow at the farmer's market each week. In my house we make bone broths every week, including chicken, beef, goat and pork. Wonderful stuff.

Says Jason Kottke, who turned me on to this story,

1. That stuff might not even be chicken. But even if it is:

2. The entire chicken is not ground up to make that paste; the bones and such are removed.

3. The meat is not "soaked" in ammonia. Ammonia is not an approved food additive. (However, a South Dakota processing plant had been injecting ammonia into their hamburger "meat" with USDA approval, but that approval has since been withdrawn.)

I wish the person who wrote the original entry would correct it because I'm tired of seeing it popping up everywhere. The truth is strange enough without having to say that chicken nuggets contain eyeballs, bones, and large quantities of ammonia."

Warning to Glenn Beck: Don't Drink Diet Coke

The popular Fox News host announced today he's taking a medical leave, because “There is something wrong with my voice, and we’re not sure what it is,”

That's not all. "Yes," he told an audience of 6,000 in Salt Lake City two weeks ago, "I (also) have a problem with my eyes,”

Like millions of Americans, he consumes a lot of Diet Coke and chocolate, reports the New York Times in a feature on Mr. Beck last month.

Whether or not you share Mr. Beck's political views, here's what makes this news for all of us:

Guess what's in Diet Coke?

The sugar substitute, aspartame. And today, because of Beck's stature across the USA, news services are reporting how the "sugar substitute" aspartame is likely making Beck blind.
"Coca-Cola began putting the “sugar substitute” aspartame in Diet Coke in 1982. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Many of these reactions are very serious including seizures and death."

"In 1999, the Independent...discovered that the maker of aspartame, Monsanto, uses genetically engineered bacteria to produce the “sweetener” at its U.S. production plants." See here.
Here's what Glenn Back needs to know:
"Aspartame is linked to blindness. It is made up of 50% phenylalanine, 40% aspartic acid and 10% methyl alcohol. Methyl alcohol inevitably affects vision. Back when the government imposed prohibition on the country, thousands of people went blind due to the use of wood alcohol/methanol in spirits."
Is it worth going blind over Diet Coke?

P.S. "In addition to blindness, a report produced by the Department of Health and Human Services lists over 90 symptoms related to aspartame, including: migraine headaches, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain. The following chronic illnesses are triggered or worsened by ingesting aspartame: Brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia, and diabetes." See here.

If you eat corn or barley...

You might get (or have already gotten) fat. And unhealthier.

Because, corn and barley are used to prematurely fatten "cows, sheep, pigs and poultry".

We just got it from the Financial Times (PDF here in case) today...

"The US Department of Agriculture, in a closely watched report, predicted that the country’s stocks of corn would halve to their lowest levels in 14 years.

"It warned of a “much tighter supply picture” for corn and barley, the two main feed-stocks used to fatten cows, sheep, pigs and poultry." Emphasis added. See here (or PDF above).

I know corn's cheap. Is it worth getting fat over?

P.S. Did you know McDonald's chicken nuggets are mostly corn? It's cheap and the chickens were stuffed with it so the nuggets look fat. Now they'll pass the fatafat on to you. :( Want to know what else is in those 'chicken nuggets'? Go to the bottom of the article, here.