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The Meat You Should Never Eat

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The Meat You Should Never Eat

from a local farm instead of the mass-produced variety from your local supermarket, perhaps this news brief from the Australian Today Tonight show will help change your mind.

If you haven’t yet seen the video, please click here and be ready to be amazed.

By now most people probably realize that ground beef contains the meat from hundreds of animals from different parts of the world, but few would ever suspect that the same can be true for prime cut steaks! Well, that’s possible through the use of so-called meat glue, used to “super-glue” small chunks of meat together that are too small to sell, and passing it off as prime cuts…

What is Meat Glue?

Meat glue is an enzyme called transglutaminase. Some meat glues are produced through the cultivation of bacteria, while others are made from the blood plasma of pigs and cows, specifically the coagulant that makes blood clot.

When sprinkled on a protein, such as beef, it forms cross-linked, insoluble protein polymers that essentially acts like a super-glue, binding the pieces together with near invisible seams. The glue-covered meat is rolled up in plastic film, followed by refrigeration. Some manufacturers have gotten so proficient in the practice that even an expert butcher can’t tell the difference between a piece of prime beef and one that’s been glued together with bits and pieces of scraps!

Meat glue is also used for:

  • Pork / Ham
  • Lamb
  • Fish Products such as fish balls
  • Chicken
  • Imitation crab meat
  • Processed meats

Interestingly enough, Ajinomoto is one of the leaders in transglutaminase. You may recognize that name as they are also one of the leaders in aspartame. According to their website, transglutaminase is also used to “improve the general texture” of a variety of foods aside from meat, such as fat-free yogurt and cheese.

Meat Glue—Both Unethical and Potentially Dangerous

First, there’s the obvious issue of misleading consumers. Since food manufacturers are not required to disclose what they’ve done, you think you’re buying a prime cut when in fact you’re paying top dollar for glued-together bits and pieces that would otherwise have been discarded or sold for a fraction of the cost.

But aside from the fact that it’s a pure scam, there’s the increased possibility of contracting food poisoning from these meats.

According to the featured report, the bacterial contamination of meat glued steak is hundreds of times higher than a solid piece of steak! Hence, if you cook your steak rare, which is the healthiest way to cook your meat, you’re at a much greater risk of contracting food poisoning.

Additionally, when an outbreak does occur, it’s difficult, if not impossible, to discern the source of the contamination, as chunks of meat from multiple cows have now been combined.

Food poisoning is a serious problem in the US. According to US CDC estimates, anywhere between 6 to 81 million Americans contract foodborne illnesses each year, and food poisoning claims up to 9,000 lives annually. Considering the fact that our current food system encourages pathogens and contaminations of all kinds, it’s not all that surprising that as many as one in four people get sickened each year…

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90’s he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, Mercola.com to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.

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12:24PM PDT on Jul 23, 2014

Go vegetarian or know your farmer and its method of raising and caring for his/her animals.

11:08PM PDT on Jul 21, 2014

A very interesting article. Thank you

12:10AM PDT on Jul 20, 2014

No meat is better.

8:08PM PDT on Jul 19, 2014

I agree with Kamia. Know where your food comes from, how it is raised, fed, butchered. Organically raised.

7:45PM PDT on Jul 19, 2014

Shop at a Butcher shop you see and know what you are getting & it's fresh!
This Crap isn't fit for anyone to eat no matter what they tell you and try to Sell you on it's bad as the "Slime"!
Think about what you eat!!
Thank you

3:02AM PDT on Jul 18, 2014

Yet another reason why I plan to be a vegetarian for the rest of my life.

3:49AM PDT on Jul 15, 2014

There was a program on tv showing how it was done and how it wasn't harmful to humans. Anything for more profit

2:50PM PDT on Jun 28, 2014

good article

9:11AM PDT on Jun 19, 2014

Yuck

4:05AM PDT on Jun 13, 2014

I'm not sure why this is thought such a bad thing?

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