On Living Smart we are always trying to find how to get the most out of life, but when we talk about meat or hamburgers, what we are getting is the most of what we may not want. This is not the first time I read about this of course but the latest book I read on the subject was Anthony Bourdain’s Medium Raw. I like how her writes, but most importantly I like what he’s writing about because it is so very important. He read in the New York times that as standard practice “when making their “American Chef’s Selection Angus Beef Patties, ” the food giant Cargill’s recipe for hamburger consisted of, among other things, ” a mix of slaughterhouse trimmings and mash-like product derived from scraps” and “the ingredients came from slaughterhouses in Nebraska, Texas and Urugua and from a South Dakota cmpany that processes fatty trimmings and treats them with ammonia to kill bacteria. LET ME REPEAT, AMMONIA. That’ s right, so that you and I don’t get sick . One of our past Living Smart guests, Robyn O’Brien wrote the Truth About Food in her book “Unhealth Truth” How our food is making us sick and what we can do about it. I suggest you read her book and watch the program http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8_wAegrzDE
I used to be a meat eater. I was raised in Argentina and when I was growing up most of the cattle in Argentina was grass fed. I am not so sure anymore. Here we know most of our cattle is corn fed, even if they spend their first year feeding on grass. Cattle was not meant to feed on corn, but it is cheaper that way. That fact is that in America we need to start asking more questions about our food supply, especially if we have children. I think by now most Americans know what goes into a hot dog and it is not preety. We keep hearing we should eat more organic and I agree but watch out, In the documentary Food Inc. a large percentage of so called “organic” food are owned by the same parent companies that don’t have our best interests in mind.
As Americans we like our food to be cheap, but the fact is that if we keep eating whatever we find without asking questions, the long term costs will be exhorbitant. You wonder why our health care premiums are going up? The most important thing we can do for our health is research every food we choose to put in our body. Next time you take a byte, ask yourself, is this what I want to be eating?
What I learned this week
I will save more money in the long term if I ask questions about what I am putting in my mouth.
What I am grateful for
I live in a country where I have access to information that can improve the quality of my life. I just have to read!
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