Processed foods in America contains substances that are banned in Europe. Mountain Dew and Fanta actually contain flame retardants, and the same additive seen in Pop-Tarts is further used in antifreeze.
These ingredients have beef burgers with growth problems, organ damage, birth defects, seizures, schizophrenia, so why are these additives permitted? The FDA maintains these chemicals are safe in small doses. Nevertheless, it doesn’t end there. It’s up to the companies to determine whether ingredients require government permission.
As a consequence, thousands are on the shelf that the FDA hasn’t studied. Meanwhile, in Europe, regulators would sooner be safe than sorry. All ingredients need government endorsement before use and they have a greater standard for what’s permitted. A chemical which induces cancer has been detected in a broad array of household name food commodities from sliced bread to crackers, beefburgers, and cheese.
The Food Standards Agency declared a warning about some foreign-made Chinese soy sauce commodities which were above recommended safety levels for the chemical 3-MCPD. However, it has now surfaced that a vast number of other processed foods, made and sold in Britain, are above the same boundary.
The discoveries have come from an independent watchdog, the Food Commission, which alleges that the British authorities have deceived the public. Comparatively high levels of the chemical were detected in popular labels such as Mother’s Pride, Jacobs crackers, John West, Kraft Dairylea and McVitie’s Krackawheat.
The same research further observed relatively large levels in a variety of supermarket own-brands, including Tesco char-grilled beef burgers, Sainsbury’s Hot ‘n Spicy Chicken Drumsticks and digestive biscuits from Asda.
The chemical concerned has been linked to liver cancer and is thought so serious that it has a safety limit of just 20 micrograms per kilogram (mcg/kg).
That limit has so far been confirmed only for soy sauce commodities, however, the same figure is anticipated to be implemented to other foods as the additional investigation is carried out.
Last month the FSA ordered stores to rid their racks of 18 labels of soy sauce and related merchandises, mostly shipped from China, Hong Kong, and Thailand, which were above the 20mcg/kg threshold.
However, the Food Commission is concerned that the FSA has not taken the same action upon the multitude of other foods which contain 3-MCPD above the same limit.
Asda’s 50 percent less fat cream crackers contained 134mcg/kg, which is more than six times the threshold set for soy sauce. Tesco’s similar brand had a reading of 107.
Other high readings came from Jacobs Continental Pecan Toast, at 88, McVitie’s Krackawheat at 87, and John West Flat Fillets of Anchovies in olive oil, at 81.
A number of the commodities are unlikely to be consumed in great amounts on an everyday basis, nevertheless, the presence of the chemical in Mother’s Pride bread is more disturbing.
The Food Commission named 26 everyday commodities which contained the chemical at more than 30mcg/kg from a study led by the FSA, the Government’s watchdog.
If any of these commodities had been soy sauce they would have been withdrawn from sale.
It is thought that soy sauce is responsible for around 20 billion micrograms of 3-MCPD in our diets, bread, crackers, and burgers solely are responsible for almost 50 billion.
There is no reason to hit on soy sauce companies, making one rule for them and different for somebody else.
In the United Kingdom commodities should be regulated as heavily as shipped merchandises, so that customers are shielded from harmful manufacturing methods wherever the food comes from.
The Food Standards Agency announced there was no need for public fear or any menace to the safety of customers.
Of course, there is a threat to the safety of customers, particularly when consuming them, we are putting one foot in the grave. It shouldn’t matter how much of what is within the feed and we are not psychic when we put the food into our mouths, consequently, it is imperative that companies put, what components are in the food on the front of packages.
How businesses have the balls to sell us this complete crap is way past me, but of course, we don’t have to consume it, however, it’s in almost all of our foods, if not all of our foods and it’s gradually destroying us.
We are not visually impaired, of course, we know what’s going on with our food, but its been going on for such a long time now that we can’t even recollect when it began to be bad food, that’s because we were never informed.
As human beings, we actually don’t pay much thought to what we eat, so long as it looks good, and it tastes good, it must be good to eat, how mistaken we are! Consider what goes into your burger at Mcdonald’s, a 100% beef patty that’s seasoned with a pinch of salt and pepper, covered with melty cheese, tangy pickles, minced onions, and, of course, ketchup and mustard. Duh
But what’s really is in a McDonald’s hamburger? I’m so happy you asked.
The McDonald’s hamburger deconstructed
What’s actually in a McDonald’s hamburger? You may not want to know. Let’s take a swift look at what’s in a McDonald’s hamburger as described in their nutritional information. It gives a somewhat inoffensive ingredient listing:
100% beef patty
pasteurized process American cheese
Despite what countless Americans believe, generally, people don’t see hamburgers as their average junk food villain. Under normal conditions, I am completely game for a true hamburger. And by real I mean that the beef is grass-fed, the cheese isn’t processed, the bun is sourdough or sprouted, and the condiments are not full of harmful stuff.
Not too surprising, but the McDonald’s hamburger isn’t actually so real. In fact, you have to scroll down their 30-page nutritional information guide to get the complete scary facts.
Let’s get to it, shall we?
What’s really in a McDonald’s Hamburger: The Ingredient Breakdown
100% Beef Patty:
Ingredients: 100% pure USDA inspected beef, no fillers, no extenders. Prepared with grill seasoning, salt, black pepper.
Thankfully, McDonald’s and many other chains recently quit using the pink slime in their beef. However, the vast bulk of fast food beef comes from CAFO (concentrated agricultural feeding operation) cows.
Not only is this awful for the animals and the environment, but eating meat from infected animals will only make you ill. Eat a McDonald’s hamburger and you might be getting a mouth full of antibiotics, hormones, and dangerous bacteria.
Ingredients: Enriched flour, bleached wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid, water, high fructose corn syrup and/or sugar, yeast, soybean oil and/or canola oil, contains 2% or less of the following: salt, wheat gluten, calcium sulfate, calcium carbonate, ammonium sulfate, ammonium chloride, dough conditioners (may contain one or more of the following: sodium stearoyl lactylate, datem, ascorbic acid, azodicarbonamide, mono- and diglycerides, ethoxylated monoglycerides, monocalcium phosphate, enzymes, guar gum, calcium peroxide), sorbic acid, calcium propionate and/or sodium propionate, preservatives, soy lecithin.
Where do I begin? How about we simply look at the length of this ingredient listing. All of this for a bun? Did you know you can make your own bread using only flour, salt, and water? The extra 20–30 ingredients here are components your body doesn’t require.
Let’s look at just a few of the above ingredients:
Ammonium chloride, appears delicious right? Did you know it is also an ingredient in fireworks, safety matches, and contact explosives?
Ammonium sulfate is used most commonly as an artificial manure for alkaline soils. It’s further in flame retardant materials. Ammonium sulfate stimulates yeast, therefore it helps to get industrially manufactured bread to rise.
The soybean and/or canola oil used here are most likely GMO. There are further foods we should generally dodge for a number of reasons.
The high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), for, is not natural.
Furthermore, since it’s in so much of our processed foods, not only is it difficult to dodge, but it can be doing significant harm to your well-being. Enriched flour seems inoffensive enough. However, enriched simply indicates that all the nourishment was taken out in the first place.
Processed flours are also difficult for your body to digest, even before the mixture of substances are added to it.
I can’t even get through this entire list. However, I believe you get the point. Nothing very normal or real here.
Ingredients: Tomato concentrate from red ripe tomatoes, distilled vinegar, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, water, salt, natural flavors (vegetable source)
As if HFCS isn’t enough. Let’s combine some regular corn syrup to the process. Not to mention that most corn is GMO. Did you know that recently the first long-term research on the impacts of GMO was released?
You can see it here. The part that should freak you out, massive growths in rats who are fed GMO corn for two years. What do I mean by massive? Check this out:
That’s after two years. GMOs have been in our market for 20 years.
Let’s discuss the natural flavors. What does that actually imply? For me, it’s Frankenfoods. The phrase natural flavors can be applied for a number of not-so-natural and definitely not-so-healthy ingredients covering stuff like MSG, Aspartame, and insects, yes, insects.
Ingredients: Distilled vinegar, water, mustard seed, salt, turmeric, paprika, spice extractive.
These items might seem familiar. Except for perhaps spice extractive. What does that mean? Read this and try to figure it out… a little iffy for sure.
Pasteurized Process American Cheese:
Ingredients: Milk, water, milkfat, cheese culture, sodium citrate, salt, citric acid, sorbic acid (preservative), sodium phosphate, color added, lactic acid, acetic acid, enzymes, soy lecithin (added for slice separation).
Let’s just begin with the name. I mean, come on. Cheese is milk’s opportunity for continuity and pasteurized processed American cheese really sounds gross.
Why are we messing with something so great? Pasteurization destroys existing enzymes. Though in this case, it’s plausibly beneficial because it can also remove the dangerous material that comes from milk from sick cows in horrific factories.
With all the combined colors, preservatives, and other goodies I think I’ll skip the cheeseburger.
Ingredients: Cucumbers, water, distilled vinegar, salt, calcium chloride, alum, potassium sorbate (preservative), natural flavors (plant source), polysorbate 80, extractives of turmeric (color)
Another handful of chemicals. Let’s just highlight the polysorbate 80 for a while. Overall, this chemical is deemed safe and well tolerated. Though a tiny number of people may be sensitive to it, and it may be detrimental to people with Crohn’s disease.
However, don’t despair, that only affects between 400,000 and 600,000 people in North America. Damn.
Ingredients: Chopped onions.
Lastly, an ingredient list we can get behind. Of course, some may favor organic veggies, provincially produced is even better, to bypass pesticides. However, so far the onions are your protected bet.
So, what’s the conclusion about what’s actually in a McDonald’s hamburger?
Well for an ingredient list with 50+ questionable items, I believe many people will pass on the McDonad’s hamburger, permanently. Furthermore, before you presume I have anything against McDonald’s, understand that this list will resemble somewhat comparable for any fast food hamburger.
Remember, food is what nourishes your body and helps it grow. Feed your body infected food and imagine how you’ll end up? Infected.
Finally, though, it’s not McDonald’s we should be angry at. Nobody is forcing us to consume this rubbish. What we want is to help teach people and let them know what they are putting in their bodies. I believe Joel Salatin states it well:
Help to empower people with knowledge to make healthier decisions. Distribute what you know and be ready to change. Your body will thank you.
If you want to eat better, but are worried by all the information out there, then you’re not alone.
It can take years to figure out this entire healthy eating thing, and that’s because the world is full of misleading information. Each expert is telling you something different, and it appears the lists of shoulds and should not eats are developing quicker than we can keep up with.
We have to be really cautious when choosing and eating foods from the supermarket and even elsewhere. We are simply buying from our supermarkets on the assumption that since it is on the rack that it is safe to consume.
Let’s face it, if it’s on the rack at our regional supermarket then it must be safe to consume, and are we being negligent by thinking this, well, I guess we are since you can’t believe anybody these days.
Everyone is out to make a buck even if it does mean that it’s going to kill a few hundred people here and there in the meantime, who minds, well, the people that got killed off, I imagine!
We need to be making wise decisions when eating food, and to understand what is going into our food that we eat, and to pay attention. The supermarkets are not accountable for what we purchase, they do not put a gun to our heads in an effort to purchase their food.
Nevertheless, they do promote them on TV that they are good and delicious and that we should purchase them, which is all misleading advertisement.
They are not safe for us to eat, and you don’t need to be an expert to realize that if you don’t understand what’s on the label, and it seems all pretty scientific then somehow it can’t be safe to eat.
When I look on a package or a container at my regional supermarket I think like I’m on the set of “Big Bang Theory”, and I’m looking about for Sheldon to come and give me a lesson on what I’m really putting into my body.
Of course, Sheldon is just a fictional character and not real, and neither is the food that we are eating, but then you don’t need to be a brainiac to realize that, yet we still eat it.
We require a climactic shift in the way that our food is marketed and sold, and to make certain our food is not tainted with deadly chemicals that are obviously dangerous to our body and even sometimes deadly.
The people are the scapegoats for these inept businesses that make us victims, and they make their food engaging and pleasing to the eye so that the public think that they are safe enough to eat. Their ads are effective, where they engage on a singular audience to scapegoat.
Everyone has been misled into thinking that this food that we consume is harmless and these companies have no integrity, it’s a genuine shame, however, you have to admire them for trying. Nevertheless, now the cat is out of the bag and their reputation is in tatters, now that it has been determined that this food that they are feeding us is tainted with all sorts of chemicals.
Try saying “no”, well, that is difficult to do since the adverse effects on our well-being have already begun, and have been for a long time, additionally if we do not eat what’s in our supermarkets, what else are we going to eat?
It’s advantageous for these businesses since they know that the only food we can purchase is on the racks at supermarkets all around the globe and they realize that we have twigged onto what they are doing, who is going to bring a lawsuit upon these businesses in a court of law?
Furthermore, who do we really blame, the businesses that market this food, or the corporations that created GMO’s in the first place?
The polysorbate 80 and GMO companies are BASF, Bayer, Dupont, Dow Chemical Company, Monsanto, and Syngenta. They are so called since they control the agricultural input market, that is, they dominate the world’s seed, pesticide and biotechnology enterprises.
Our survival is questionable, and there needs to be some kind of retort and somebody needs to acknowledge themselves for this complete and absolute war on food.
The danger that this food is causing, and it’s not only foods, it’s in everything from foods to what we wear, plastics and even UPVC, it’s in absolutely everything we consume and touch, now that can’t be good at all.
Nevertheless, without these things how do we endure? We need food to remain alive, but the problem is, we are not surviving, not like we should be, and it might have come to our notice that this is going on, but we are powerless to do something about it.
It takes 30 seconds to inform the FDA that you have the right to know what’s in your food, and we should be telling our governments that we demand to support forced GMO labelling.
Eat fresh, since whilst most food is genetically altered, most GMOs are discovered in processed foods comprising soy and corn. Eat more fresh greens and unprocessed foods. Your body will thank you and you will shun genetically modified foods.
Bypass the five commodities that are most likely to be genetically modified (GMO), except if they say that they are not made with genetically modified ingredients or have a valid claim such as Non-GMO Project Verified, or they are USDA certified organic: Corn, Soy, Canola, Cotton, and Sugar made from beets (sugar from cane is NOT GMO).
Look for the USDA Organic sticker and purchase organic, The National Organic Standards prevent the utilization of genetic modified.
Download the True Food Shopper’s Guide from the Center for Food Safety for a list of names with produce that maintain to be made without genetic modification. Or check out Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Shopper’s Guide to Avoiding GE Food.
Spread the word and urge your friends and family to comment on the FDA petition, talk to Congress, and share on Facebook and Twitter.
When uncertain, question it. Ask the company of your favorite foods and demand if they include genetically modified products. This way you get the information you want and you can let the company know how you feel about GMO foods.
The United Kingdom is usually seen as having a prohibitive approach towards genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and crops, nevertheless, lately there seems to have been a gradual change toward a greater approval of them.
Genetically modified (GM) crops are currently not grown commercially in the United Kingdom, but they are imported. These crops are essentially utilized in animal fodder and a few food commodities. There is no general ban on the farming of GM crops, and farming them is only allowed if a robust risk assessment indicates that it is safe for people and the environment.
The government has said that if GM crops are commercially produced in the United Kingdom, it will implement pragmatic and proportionate measures to segregate these from conventional and organic crops, so that choice can be exercised and economic interests appropriately protected.
In the past, there have been remonstrances when GM crops have been seeded, and anti-GM organizations often damage such domains. There are stringent labeling laws in place that demand the revelation of GM commodities if they have been adopted.
The main idea of the United Kingdom’s law and management program is the stability of the people and the environment. Especially, when the government says that it will only agree to the planting of GM crops, the release of other types of GM organism, or the marketing of GM food or feed products if a robust risk assessment indicates that it is safe for people and the environment.
All application for GM commodities is defined on a case-by-case basis and involves consideration of all scientific data accessible, with the stability of public well-being and the environment being the main priority.
Newspaper articles frequently describe the British people as opposed to the use of genetically modified crops and food commodities, with newspapers portraying Britain as a nation that is impenetrable by biotech corporations involved in developing and marketing GM products.
This powerful opposition emerged in the late 1990s when there was a move to introduce GM crops into the country. The people was not open to these crops and, over concerns of cross-pollination, scaffolded protests, and even pulled up known GM crops out of the ground to halt work.
GM crops grew widely known as Frankenfoods, and the British people was actively opposed to their growth, marketing, and consumption. A newspaper article reflecting on this time noted that the opposition was mostly directed at the big multinational companies that were perceived as heavy-handed in their approach to the public’s interest as to the safety of eating such crops.
Some newspaper reports even refer to this time as the GM wars, as activists, started on at least one time, by a government minister, supplied themselves with lawnmowers to destroy crops whilst farmers fought back by using their tractors as battering rams.
2007 and 2008 witnessed comparable moves when two fields planted with GM crops were subsequently attacked overnight by activists, who uprooted the plants despite twenty-four-hour protection watchdogs, fencing, and court orders.
More recent GM crop cultivation has been faced with some opposition, but not quite the outrage that was observed in the 1990s. When anti-GM groups in 2012 threatened to pull up the experimental GM crops of public-sector scientists, the scientists recorded a video appeal to the radicals, urging them to not destroy their work.
In this example, the media were sensitive to the scientists and denounced the activists’ threat to pull up the crops as an act of vandalism. Since public sentiment in both Britain and the EU continues to be generally opposed to GM crops, large biotech seed producer Monsanto stated that it was withdrawing all applications for the European Union (EU) support for its GM crops as the EU today is effectively a conventional seed market.
The resistance of the UK to GM crops has been scrutinized by the government’s former chief science adviser, who predicted that Britain has expended about £4 billion (approximately US$7.2 billion) worth of funds.
The prevailing government, headed by the Environment Secretary and Science Minister, is reportedly driving to push the UK towards consuming more GM foods, with the prevailing policy report on GM foods showing support.
Government policy says that, provided it is handled carefully, GM foods could be a means with which to address global food safety and climate change and assist with sustainable agricultural security.
The regulations that dictate the environment and the use of GMOs are essentially based on EU legislation. As stated before, the central part of the national law that controls the environment is the Environmental Protection Act, which gives the Secretary of State with the authority and ability to manage the intentional discharge of GMOs in England.
At the EU level, the central EU directive that controls the discharge of GMOs across the Member States is Directive 2001/18. This was executed by the national authority of England through the Genetically Modified (Deliberate Release) Regulations 2002.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is the leading government department in England for preserving the environment.
England is not shielded from impairment in the United Kingdom, and GMO’s are dangerous, it doesn’t matter what way you put it, or what semantics you tell it in, it’s representative of these corporations to pressure the people into believing that what they are consuming is safe.
Furthermore, they disparage the people by telling them untruths, however, making them look as if they are genuine. Increase that deception and you can then see the austerity of it all. We are in jeopardy of shifting into a nation of controlled Frankenstein’s, to go along with our Frankenfoods, a programmed and controlled civilization of drones, and be careful folks, there might be one just around the corner!