Friday, July 21, 2006

10 things I hate about...food

Everyone loves ketchup. But, it's made from floor sweepings. Reprinted here strictly without permission are the major health risks posed by America's ten favorite foods.

From: http://www.fitamerica.com/famd/articles/10topfoods.asp

1. Hamburgers:

• Considered a “high risk” food because of the poor heath standards under which they are manufactured.

• The time consuming process for making processed meats creates high bacteria counts and putrefaction of the meat which need to be treated with chemicals.

• Putrefaction causes meat to turn green which is then dyed with red chemicals to appear fresh. Unless marked otherwise, hamburger will always contain red dyes.

• Hamburgers are made with the unusable, worst leftovers of the slaughterhouse…much of which comes right off the floor. Any meat “part” that cannot be sold on its own merit is ground up and used for burger. This includes hooves, bone, snout, ears and other animal parts.

• Because burger parts all come from the animal, “pure beef” can be used on the label!

• Most hamburger contain the flavor enhancer, “MSG” (monosodium glutamate) which causes headaches and allergic reactions. MSG is a chemical used to fatten up laboratory animals and will ultimately make you fat when consumed.

• The beef industry is the largest user of antiobiotics in the world to offset the dangerous bacteria housed in its meats. This has resulted in America’s growing resistance to antibiotics.

• Ground beef is more likely to harbor life-threatening E-coli than any other food.

• Hamburgers are the single biggest food item that inflicts the most damage on the American diet….Billions served….billions spent on doctor visits and hospital bills.

• The hormones fed to cattle can make you fat through meat consumption.

• A Cheeseburger contains more than 100% of your TOTAL daily recommended fat intake!

• Burger King Double Whopper with Cheese has 1150 calories and 76! grams of fat with 33 of them saturated, plus a whopping 1,530 mg. of sodium!

• Burger condiments like pickle, lettuce, tomato, etc. are all treated with cancer causing chemical sulfites that are used to maintain a false freshness in the vegetables.

• Most burgers contain 1090 mg of sodium! (45% of daily recommended Daily Value) and can promote water retention.

2. Hot Dogs:

• Like hamburgers, hot dogs are considered a “high risk” food because of the poor heath standards under which they are manufactured.

• The time consuming process for making processed meats creates high bacteria counts and putrefaction in the meat which need to be treated with chemicals.

• Putrefaction makes meat turn green which is then dyed with red chemicals to appear fresh.

• Hot dogs are made with the unusable, worst leftovers of the slaughterhouse…much of which comes right off the floor. Any meat “part” that cannot be sold on its own merit is ground up and used for hot dogs. This includes hooves, bone, snout, ears, beak, claw and other animal parts.

• Because hot dog parts all come from the animal, “pure beef” or “100% turkey” can be used on the label!

• All hot dogs contain the flavor enhancer, “MSG” (monosodium glutamate) which causes headaches and allergic reactions. MSG is a chemical used to fatten up laboratory animals and will ultimately make you fat when consumed.

• Hot dogs have nitrites which are thought to cause stomach cancer, leukemia, brain tumors, and bladder cancer.

• Fillers and non-meat binders used to hold hot dog meat together can be anything from cereal, non-fat dry milk, or soy which adds more carbohydrates and processed ingredients)

• Synthetic collagen casings are used to form the hot dogs. Highly carcinogenic.

• Contains up to 40% of its content in undisclosed saturated fats.

• When the buns are baked they release a powerful toxin called acrylimides which is a known carcinogen and causes nerve damage

3. French Fries:

• French fries are very toxic.

• In order to make French fries, they must be cooked at high temperatures which cause the chemical, acrylimide to be released. Acrylimides are a known cancer causing agent that also causes nerve damage.

• Potatoes are grown in the ground and have a higher pesticide absorption level than almost any other food product.

• Fries are cooked in oxidized oil that is re-used for weeks at a time!

• Potatoes have a very high glycemic index meaning it turns to sugar very quickly in the body. Eating a baked potato (or equivalent quantity of French fries) is the sugar equivalent of a large piece of chocolate cake!


4. Oreo Cookies:
THE NUMBER ONE COOKIE IN AMERICA
(6 cookies = serving size)

• Predominantly made up of 23 grams of straight-line sugar.

• Chocolate is LAST ingredient listed which means chocolate is the least of the ingredients.

• 370 empty calories with almost no nutritional benefits – you could eat 2 whole chicken breasts for the same amount of calories!

• 6 cookies have 12 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat and 40 carbs – more than 50% of your daily carbohydrate allowance in only 6 cookies.

• Oreo cookies will set you up for craving more sugar within 3 hours.

• "Natural flavors" are manufactured chemicals to make Oreos taste like great chocolate cookies. Highly processed foods have these flavor enhancers which are nothing more than carcinogenic chemicals with no natural flavors of their own.

• The Nabisco Company refused to disclose how many transfats there are in Oreo cookies – they termed that information as ‘classified’!

• High sugar content. Sugar causes wrinkles.



5. Pizza:

• Commercial pizzas are made exclusively of 5 genetically modified foods:

o Cheese "food" (Contains only 10% cheese - it cannot even be called real cheese)

o Enriched white flour which has been bleached of natural vitamins and minerals BUT has been "enriched" by adding back a miniscule amount of synthetic vitamins.

o Tomato sauce made from tomato-like substances that produce their own pesticides, IN YOU

o Wheat in the pizza crust is genetically modified.

o Contains cottonseed oil. Cotton is not a "food", therefore it can be sprayed with anything farmers want. The seed carries most of the poison of the cotton plant. The USDA and the FDA do not cooperate with each other in making sure this is safe to eat. It is not. Plus, it is highly hydrogenated and dangerous to your health.

• Pizza is baked at such a high temperature, the crust will form acrylimides which is a known cancer causing agent that can also cause nerve damage.

• Pepperoni & sausage toppings are “high risk” processed meats which add lots of nitrites, chemicals, preservatives, and saturated fats.



6. Soda:

• The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. On the Ph scale, it is very acidic and can dissolve a nail in about 4 days.

• High acid content in the body makes it very difficult to lose weight.

• Soda will leach the calcium out of your bones and promote osteoporosis.

• There are 10-12 teaspoons of empty calorie sugar in one can of soda.

• Diet sodas with artificial sweeteners will promote sugar cravings because sweeteners are “sweeter” than sugar.

• Colorings used in sodas are cancer-causing.

• Soda is called "liquid candy" because of the high sugar content. Like drinking a candy bar!

• High fructose corn syrup, a major ingredient:

o Damages proteins.
o Is stored in the body as fat.
o Is made from corn, which is modified food that produces its own pesticides.



7. Chicken Tenders:
(Usual serving size is 6)


• Made from unusable chicken parts – rarely made from whole white meat.

• A typical 340 calorie serving is typically 50% fat.

• Heavily breaded for substance. Very high carbohydrate content.

• Carcinogenic acrylimides are released in the high temperature frying. Can cause nerve damage and cancer.

• Contains the flavor enhancer, “MSG” (monosodium glutamate) which causes headaches and allergic reactions. MSG is a chemical used to fatten up laboratory animals and will ultimately make you fat when consumed.

• Contains phosphates which make the body acidic, making it impossible to burn fat properly. You will store fat and not lose weight.

• Some chicken nuggets (McDonalds) contain aluminum which is toxic to the brain and poisons the metabolism.

• Deep fried in oxidized oil that is re-used for weeks at a time!



8. Ice cream:

• High in fat content. 1 serving (usually 4 ounces!) can provide as much as 50% of your recommended fat for the day.

• High in carbohydrates. 1 serving is almost 40% of your total recommended carb intake for the day.

• High in sugar which promotes sugar cravings and causes skin to wrinkle.

• Full of hydrogenated and transfats which are unnatural and:

o elevate cholesterol
o clog arteries
o create free radicals (which may cause cancer)

• Hormones put into cows to increase milk production will slow your metabolism, and can cause breast and ovarian tumors, cysts and cancer.



9. Donuts:

• The average donut contains approximately 300 calories.

• 1 donut provides more than 50% of your recommended daily carbohydrate intake.

• High in salt content which will promote water retention.

• Donuts are deep fried in oxidized oil that is re-used for weeks at a time!

o Dunkin Donuts changes the oil every 300 dozen!
o Oils at high temperatures developed rancidity and free radicals which can:

> Poison and slow your metabolism
> Seriously threaten your health.

• High sugar content which promotes sugar cravings and ages skin.



10. Potato Chips: America’s #1 snack food

• Americans today consume more potato chips than any other people in the world. As a world food, potatoes are second in human consumption only to rice.

• It takes 4 pounds of potatoes to make 1 pound of potato chips.

• Very calorie dense. A small 2 oz. bag has over 300 calories.

• Potato chips are deep fried in oxidized oil that is re-used for weeks at a time!

• Deep fried at high temperatures which cause the chemical, acrylimide to be released. Acrylimides are a known cancer causing agent that also causes nerve damage.

o When you eat 1 single serving bag of potato chips you may be eating up to 500 times more acrylamide than the maximum level allowed in drinking water.
o A single potato chip could contain as much acrylamide as is allowed for a glass of drinking water!

• High in hidden saturated fats.

• High sodium/salt content promotes water retention.

“ HEALTHY CHIPS” LIKE BAKED LAYS OR
THOSE CONTAINING OLESTRA CAN BE
MORE DANGEROUS TO YOUR HEALTH
THAN REGULAR CHIPS.

• Baked Lays, almost as calorie dense as original Lays, are a highly processed mixture of dehydrated potato and food starch pressed into a chip shape, full of carcinogenic chemicals.

• Olean/Olestra potato chips.

Can cause "anal oil leakage" or a variety of gastrointestinal problems, as reported on the bag.

Block fat absorption which alters your body’s ability to absorb valuable nutrients contained in the healthy foods you eat.

Stops your body from properly absorbing carotenoids and other valuable phytochemicals that protect your body from heart disease, cancer and macular degeneration.
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Back to the five pints:

Join me, won't you? I'm giving up all ten of these things for one year.
Okay, okay, I already didn't eat burgers. I almost never eat ice cream. Very rarely do I eat potato chips or oreos.
But, I drink diet soda a lot. That will be a hard one to give up. And yes, I love hot dogs, although I have about 6 per year. But I recently had some blood work done and it showed that I had high cholesterol. So I think I will give all of these foods up for one year and see how I'm doing at the end of the next.
I'm pretty sure that as soon as I start down this path (Let's say August 1), people will be offering me Oreos and french fries all the time. But I'll be strong and will shun them all.