Truth: Chemical Additives and Preservatives are used in Meat Processing.
The rates of cancer, childhood illness and auto-immune disease are on a fast rise, and it is the food we ingest that is to blame. Processed meats are related to many poor human health conditions. Many fresh meats including beef, chicken and pork can test positive for being injected with steroids and hormones. Why is this? Many animals are injected with growth hormones and steroids with the purpose of increasing their meat production.
Processed meats are meat products that can stay on the shelf for a longer amount of time because of preservatives. Chicken is heavily packed with additives to extend the refrigeration time. Sodium nitrate is an additive that many meat processing companies use to color the meat. This happens by making the meat look fresh by turning it the color red.
“Nitrates such as sodium nitrate, however can be extremely harmful to many of our internal organs such as the pancreas and the liver.”
Keep in Mind! While one small serving with these preservatives may not cause any damage, these chemicals can stay in your system for years and toxic levels could build up in your body.
Other types of processed meats include:
- Deli meats
- Hot dogs
- Meats used in canned spaghetti or ravioli
- Pepperoni used on pizza slices
MSG is another chemical that is found in many of our processed meats. MSG can lead to many neurological problems such as migraines, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s. It has also been associated with causing obesity and infertility.
Chickens live in filthy environments. After they have been slaughtered, chickens are then injected with preservatives, including sodium lactate and potassium lactate. Bromelain and ficin are often used to help make the meat tender.
Dried meats, such as beef jerky, as well as ground beef, steaks and roasts are all injected with preservatives. Beef jerky contains butylated hydroxytoluene, which stops the meat from turning rotten. Ground beef contains chemicals such as carrageenan to help the beef stay composed. Roast beef might be injected with an unspecified water solution to keep the meat juicy.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as of today lists 3,000 food additives approved for food use in the United States. These food additives may harm our health.
In 2010, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) stated that the FDA is not guaranteeing the safety of many chemicals put in our food.
Preservatives- fall into one of two categories: those used to avoid bacterial or fungal growth and those that prevent oxidation which leads to the rotting of food.
Food Additives- The federal government defines food additives as being of unknown.
Hint! If you can’t pronounce something on an ingredients label, it is probably a food additive. Here are some common additives found in many processed foods.
• Benzoates (used to kill microorganisms)
• Potassium Sorbate (used for killing mold)
• Carrageenan (used to create a smooth texture and thicken foods)
• Propylene Glycol (thickener and texturizer, also used as antifreeze for cars and airplanes)
• Calcium Pantothenate (calcium supplement)
• Thiamine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B supplement)
• Aspartame (sweetener)
• Disodium Guanylate (flavor enhancer)
• Cochineal (Red coloring)
• Titanium Dioxide (white coloring)
Did you know?
- Some food and color additives have been linked to cancer, asthma and even birth defects.
- In August of 2006, the FDA permitted the process of stopping the foodborne disease listeriosis by spraying bacteria-eating viruses on processed meats and cold cuts.
What You Can Do
- Eat fresh, unprocessed foods grown by local farmers.
- Check labels for additives when shopping at your grocery store.
- Buy more whole foods and fewer “convenience foods.”