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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Things That Make You Go Ewwww - Once again

When I first moved to Vancouver Island , I was helping my older cousin move her belongings to a new apartment . . Chris is a notorious packrat that has kept some canned goods and magazines for a decade or better . Of course , it didn't occur to me that she was quite this bad when she offered me a Velveeta sandwich . I was pretty famished , so I happily helped myself to a couple of these and they seemed the same as any processed cheese I remember - when she said something that struck me - that the "cheese" was 6 to 7 YEARS old and had not even been refrigerated the entire time . The weird part is that it seemed so indistinct that I figured she MUST be joking , that something like that would make one ill , and I was perfectly fine the next day , like nothing out of the ordinary had been in my diet. But I really didn't think about this until recently and then I came across this video that seemed to verify exactly what I was thinking - that processed food simply does not break down in any way consistent with the normal fruits and veg we eat every day.
I remember in school a prof mentioning that processed American-style cheese was about as nutritionally sound as eating a garbage bag much to the laughter of the students . After all , this shit was in a high percentage of our lunch packs and the Kraft Corporation advertised it as heathful , you know , with the "goodness of calcium" and all . But if you look at the ingredients list of Plastic Cheese and the most common fast food items , you might need to be a chemist to realize that these "foods" do , indeed , have a lot in common with the plastic that packages them . I mean , we know about sodium and fat and whatnot , but , seriously , what the HELL are we feeding our kids?
Care to take a guess what this is...?
Soybean oil, pickle relish [diced pickles, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, vinegar, corn syrup, salt, calcium chloride, xanthan gum, potassium sorbate (preservative), spice extractives, polysorbate 80], distilled vinegar, water, egg yolks, high fructose corn syrup, onion powder, mustard seed, salt, spices, propylene glycol alginate, sodium benzoate (preservative), mustard bran, sugar, garlic powder, vegetable protein (hydrolyzed corn, soy and wheat), caramel color, extractives of paprika, soy lecithin, turmeric (color), calcium disodium EDTA (protect flavor).

Give up? ...It's the SAUCE for a Big Mac . And , for that "healthy" McNugget that McDo pitches in it's new wholesome Happy Meal , well , it has 38 ingredients that most people cannot even pronounce . But we all know that this stuff is bad for us and our kids , but it's cheap , convenient , and addictive . But what freaks me out the most is that the stuff doesn't decompose properly so all that garbage is getting directly filtered through your liver Do Not Pass Go. And what to say for the environmental impact of the production and disposal of such "foods"? I mean , most people know that factory farming causes more environmental impact than any other industry , but when you add the chemical processing and the fuels needed to produce some of these peculiar additives , we are talking about something disastrous in more ways than we previously thought possible . And what about the leftovers , the unsellable old stock , the stuff that even the fat kid couldn't finish ? Well it simply does not biodegrade and same goes for the waste that "slides" through your system and has to be removed from the wastewater system . Can I get a big "ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww"? Everything is connected . when we modify food in such a way that it becomes unrecognizable our bodies and the Planet will cease to recognize it back.

I think I'm gonna eat an apple now.


  1. Polysorbate 80 huh? It's funny I look for this ingredient in cosmetic type products to avoid b/c it is petrol based and can remain in the skin tissues for months after topical application. I wonder how long this hangs around in the gut, our arteries, our nervous systems?

    This is an interesting article about Polysorbate 80, how it causes infertility and was "strangely" put in the guardasil vaccine:

  2. I JUST saw this too ... FOUR years and all that's happened is shrinkage and a dry bun? EWWWWW.

    Seriously what the hell is high fructose corn syrup doing in a HAMBURGER????? At least the polysorbate is in that horrible sauce, but why the hell is it in their regular cheeseburger.

    The ingredients should be:
    Beef, cheese, lettuce, onion, pickles, ketchup, mustard and the ingredients for the bun.


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