6 lies the food industry is telling you

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    Sep 21, 2011 4:05 PM GMT
    Ok, so I love this comedy website called cracked.com. despite being a comedy website, they are full of interesting facts. Anyway today they posted the 6 lies the food industry isn't telling you.

    I found many of these interesting and a few affects us all as people into fitness. The biggest shock for me was the part about free range chickens.

    Anyway here's the link. Hopefully u guys find this interesting, entertaining and you learn something.



    http://www.cracked.com/article_19433_the-6-most-horrifying-lies-food-industry-feeding-you.html
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    Sep 21, 2011 4:49 PM GMT
    You should invest in a subscription to Consumer Reports, they're usually one of the first to highlight all of this chicanery,
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    Sep 21, 2011 5:16 PM GMT
    Cool, I will check it out, if its cheap. Thx.
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    Sep 21, 2011 5:34 PM GMT
    Sounds like this was written by a sociology major that steered clear of those scary science classes.

    Watch out for those MOLECULES that the food industry is "making" us eat too.
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    Sep 21, 2011 6:17 PM GMT
    Lol well I did say it was a comedy website, not a science one.
    The main purpose of that was to make u laugh.....


    Still I don't doubt much of what was written.

    This article really just brings a few issues to light, one can do their own research to determine the truthiness (colbert ftw) behind them.


    So having read that I believe I will have to see if free range only means free range when it comes to chicken meat and that eggs labeled free range can be bullshit.
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    Sep 21, 2011 6:51 PM GMT
    Most processed foods are the byproducts that companies are buying cheap to make a profit AND the suppliers are selling to make money on something they'd be throwing out anyway.

    Wood pulp was mentioned. High fructose corn syrup is another one, made from excess corn grown because of subsidies. Textured vegetable protein from excess soybeans. You've got your chicken nuggets and patties made from ground up organs, skin, and other technically inedible body parts of chickens.

    You can't believe any of the health claims until you can isolate the biochemical process by which it occurs. This goes for omega-3's, gastrointestinal microflora, antioxidants, vitamins, fat, carbs, protein, polyphenols, fiber, flavinols, and so on. No wonder people have problems with diets and food... we've got a really messed up relationship with it.
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    Sep 22, 2011 2:58 AM GMT
    I generally avoid processed foods as much as I can, not to say that I believe all the fresh produce I buy is 100% safe either.. Im quite sure thats full of chemicals as well.... but processed is definitely worse..

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    Sep 22, 2011 4:48 PM GMT
    The articles are quite legit and some of it is really old news. I can remember CReports commenting on the fake blueberries, years and years ago, maybe like 10 years when they started showing up in Kelloggs Eggo's. Apparently blueberry is the easiest fruit flavor to simulate. They were also quick to point out years ago what "free range" actually meant.. it satisfied a legal loophole that there was a little access door on the side of those big barns going outside into a pen that may only be 10 ft square.. so that a chicken "could" go outside.. Not that any do, just that they could. It doesn't mean in anyway shape or form that "free range chickens" are pecking away contenly out in some daisy field, that's what the marketers want you to believe.
    Those barns hold upwards of 2000 chickens and the light is kept low purposely. They go in as days old chicks and come out 40-45 days later to be processed. They never go outside.