Why you shouldn't buy pork (or any meat) at Wal-Mart:
Thanks for the tip about veggie burgers. I practically live on those things. I no longer eat meat. I wish I could convince my family to do the same.
from Green Prophet website
There are several compelling reasons to re-think veggie burgers and other non organic soy-based products.
If there is anything to be learned from Americas industrial food machine (in case you missed Food Inc. and other seminal critiques), it is this: nothing can be trusted. Until recently, many vegetarians have been all too happy to jump on the veggie burger bandwagon for a yummy protein fix, believing in earnest that theirs was a healthy choice that benefits the environment. Including me.
But a recent report published by the non-profit organization Cornucopia Institute reveals that most non-organic soybean-based goods produced in the United States are bathed in a highly explosive mix of petrochemicals that are used to extract the soy protein. And hardly anybody seems concerned to address what could be a public health nightmare.
In the 1950s, the United States abandoned the former practice of extracting soy protein mechanically (using pressure) in favor of a newer, more aggressive method. Now, soy protein isolate, soy protein concentrate, and textured soy protein are all soaked in chemicals that separate out soy oil from what E Magazine calls defatted soy flour that is then processed even further.
These chemical baths typically consist of 50-60% n-hexane, a heavy industrial solvent and degreaser, along with a remaining mixture of cyclohexane, methycyclohexane and methypentanes none of which sound especially delicious.
A gulp of Hexane
The European Union only permits the sale of soy products that have less than 10 parts per million hexane residue, but the United States has no such restriction. Nor is it necessary for producers in the US to test whether their products contain traces of harmful petrochemicals. As a result, it is unknown to what extent consumers are being exposed to them.
Cornucopia recently set out to get an idea. They submitted soy samples to an independent lab, which discovered soy protein containing 22 and 14 parts per million hexane each. But studies demonstrating their carcinogenic properties or the consequence of oral exposure, according to E, are still lacking.
The Seedy Side of Soy
But here is what we do know: higher than usual numbers of brain tumors have been reported in people who work in the protein-extracting industry.
Highly explosive and responsible for killing plant workers and drivers who transport it, hexane is also linked to polyneurophathy (muscle weakness, nerve damage) and global warming. E magazine suggests that in 2009, soy and grain production using hexane, which is an air pollutant, issued 19 million tons of carbon dioxide into the earths atmosphere.
Adults might take their chances and eat soy-based foods such as fitness bars, tofu, soy milk, and soy cheese, but for babies, the prospect is particularly insidious. Enfamil, Similac, and Nestle all rely on hexane to extract protein from soy products, while Vermont Organics, Earth Best, and Babys Only in the United States offer much more wholesome alternatives.
Why do companies insist upon bathing food products in neurotixins (and why is the American government reluctant to enforce better controls?) Money. Extracting protein from soy chemically is more efficient than doing the same using mechanical pressure, and its cheaper.
Unless youre eating USDA-certified organic veggie burgers and tofurkey, which ensures that no chemicals have been used, we definitely recommend our readers consider a safer method of obtaining protein.
Sorry I took so long to respond and get back to this group, Diana. If you think it will make a good thread then we can certainly start it. The summary I gave is rather comprehensive. But I am thinking we could have the members get deeper into the subject. For instance, if you eat your steak rare or medium rare, what is the risk compared to well done? The example used for fish is salmon. What about the thousands of other fish varieties?
Something that could be a good starting point is to check out what those 30 million plus google hits say about The Five Worst Foods to Grill. I was really amazed with that statistics.
So let's all go google. Each one should try to post on a different aspect, viewpoint, and information on the subject. I will try to elaborate on the cancer risks -- what types, incidence rates and other cancer statistics.
Thank you Erlinda; what would be better is to make a whole topic out this.....start a new discussion called: "Five Worst Foods to Grill" Will you do this?
I am a new member and I am glad to be here. I tried to go through as many of the older posts as possible, in this and in the other threads.I did not see anything on the topic that I would like to bring up.
Recently, for some reason, the subject of grilling food and its association with cancer was resurrected. The report from The Cancer Project on this subject goes back to 2005. Perhaps not enough people paid attention to it. Now if you Google the phrase "Five Worst Foods to Grill" you get over 30 million hits in a few seconds! Still, I would like to share with you my short list on the best sources for the official report:
Grilling foods like chicken, steak, pork, fish, and hamburgers at high heat for long periods results in the formation of cancer inducing substances called heterocyclic amines (HCAs). The amino acid CREATINE and SUGAR naturally occurring in the muscle tissues of the above mentioned meats, when cooked on the grill produce the following levels of HCAs:
FOOD HCAs ng/100g meat
chicken breast,skinless,boneless 14,300 ng/100g
steak,grilled,well done 810 ng/100g
pork, barbecued 470 ng/100g
salmon,grilled with skin 166 ng/100g
hamburger, grilled, well done 130 ng/100g
Furthermore, the fat dropping on the hot fire produces polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) flames that adhere to the food. PAHs are well known carcinogens.
The reason chicken has the highest content of HCAs is because it has a high content of other amino acids (phenylalanine, tyrosine, and isoleucine) that contribute to HCA formation.
SO THIS SUMMER, NOTHING BUT VEGGIE BURGERS AND MUSHROOMS SHOULD GO ON YOUR BARBECUE GRILL.
Thanks for the tips these are too good to opt, And
i think that every one should keep these kind of things with their selves cause this always used to help the person to be fit with his health.
If you lined up all the styrofoam Cups and Sandwitch Containers,used in one day .
How far would they reach ?
B: around the world
C: across Europe
Did you know :
Styrofoam is a permanent Garbage ,it will never become part of the earth again...Styrofoam is a danger to sea animales,floating in the water it looks like food ,but when they eat it ,there in trouble
[for example] is a sea turtle eats styrofoam they can not dive because it makes them float , and then they stave to death .
What we can do !
Avoid styrofoam. Such plastic is often made of chemicals that make the ozone hole bigger during manufacturing :
Try to avoid strofoam products like picnic plates , cups and egg cartons
Fast food is one of the major users of styrofoam
The Earthworks Group:
The trend towards making everything into a commodity and reducing public debate to the most ineffectual level is worldwide, thus catering to multinational corporate interests instead of local needs and civic society values.
Hi, all. Just saw this article on the Consumerist, and figured I had to post the link on Care2 somewhere. The FDA is soliciting public opinion about food labeling. No kidding, they finally want to know what consumers look for on a label. Shocked me too.
Read the article, click the link to the FDA, and look for Docket # FDA-2010-N-0210, then enter your comment. The more people who know about this, the better.
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Thank you Yvonne & Jenny for starting a new Health News! as that one had 250 posts in it!
I am always finding good health news that I would like to share and I know otheres do to so here is a place to post it. It will not be archived and is pinned. so this is the place to put your Health Realted News!
News to and if you like.
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Its just too good to pass it off so lightly... We have to be proud of India at this point for turning down to genetically modifying the bringal.