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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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4:11PM PDT on Aug 23, 2014

Eating meat is nasty.

4:29PM PDT on Aug 22, 2014

Vegetarian here! Don't eat meat.

3:00PM PDT on Aug 18, 2014

Go Vegan

8:22AM PDT on Aug 18, 2014

Three years old, eh, Ben O...the story?

Guess it still shows up on the blue links to click onto...recycling? Anything new since last looking at the comments? Let me look...

JM A. said: "I am working hard to get my new partner off of meat. his wife died of cancer and not sure how she got it, but she ate a lot of meat."

Depends on how much he ate, was it an excessive amount, not to mention other foods that were eaten, how much of it was highly processed be it meat or non-meat, many other factors can contribute to cancer, including genetics. One has to wonder about the amount of HFCS in foods these days.

Several mentions of this as a three-year-old article, so nothing much has changed here.

5:47AM PDT on Aug 18, 2014

Yet another 3 year old story...please...

9:41AM PDT on Aug 17, 2014

I´m glad I´ve been Veggie for 29 years already, hahaha, but in Germany you call that "Formfleisch" or "Formfisch"...

6:52AM PDT on Aug 15, 2014

It's become horribly clear again what a nightmare the meat industry is!! I am working hard to get my new partner off of meat. his wife died of cancer and not sure how she got it, but she ate a lot of meat. He also had colon cancer removed. it taste good, seems to be good protein and satisfies him he says. I am mostly vegetarian and keep searching for better sources of vegie food that he will eat. He has lost some symptons of poor health since we have been together now 1 year and he is eating a lot less meat and processed foods! Hurray!

9:43AM PDT on Aug 10, 2014

YES!!!

7:40AM PDT on Aug 8, 2014

Thank you!!

9:12AM PDT on Aug 7, 2014

Glad I don't eat meat.

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