Would You Eat Meat Grown in a Lab?

By , SparkPeople Blogger

A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week.

Scientists Cook Up Lab-Grown Beef
The first laboratory-created hamburger was eaten in the UK earlier this week. Made from stem cells, the burger cost more than $40,000 a bite. Though it lacked fat (and thus flavor), tasters said it did resemble an all-beef patty. If lab-grown beef were available and affordable, would you eat it? Wall Street Journal

How Sleep Loss Adds to Weight Gain
Staying up late and skimping on sleep does more than cause under-eye circles and crankiness. It also can contribute to weight gain. Learn why. NYT Well blog

Some like it hot, but does it matter in yoga?
If you like hot yoga, stick with it, but experts say you're not burning any extra calories. You likely will feel more flexible, say the researchers behind the American Council on Exercise-sponsored study, but you're not working harder than those in cooler yoga studios. More sweat does not correlate to more calories burned. Reuters
Shake Up Your Snacks: 7 Fun Ideas
Ban boring snacks. (Sayonara, rice cakes!) Bust out of the snack rut. (I'm looking at you, bananas and peanut butter!). Try one of these new, tasty, hunger-busting treats. FITNESS magazine

That Face-Lift May Buy You Only Three Years Of Youth
If you're banking on a face lift taking years off, save your money. A new study says you'll only look about three years younger. (Psst… many of our success stories say that weight loss and better health are the best ways to undo aging!) NPR

Squatters right, says student toilet designer
(Skip this story if you're reading while eating.) Just the children's book says, everyone poops. A design student in Great Britain says he has created a new loo that will make bathroom trips easier--and offer health benefits. Would you buy a squat toilet? Reuters

FDA issues new rules on gluten labeling
Last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration unveiled long-awaited rules that define what "gluten-free" labels mean. Food labeled "gluten-free" must contain fewer than 20 parts per million of gluten, which you can visualize by imagining two grains of salt in a slice of bread. USA Today

Want To Be A Morning Person? Take A Few Tips from Campers
If you get in tune with nature--or at least get on Mother Nature's schedule--spend a week in the woods. According to a (very small) study, spending time in nature helped participants, even night owls, be bright(er)-eyed and bushy(ier)-tailed in the mornings. NPR  

How to Get More Out of Pushups
Put your pushups to work for you, with these tips to engage more muscle groups. FitSugar

Brain Food 101: DIY Frozen Pizza
Save money and eat better with home-made frozen pizzas. Learn the technique to ensure a perfect pizza! Savvy Eats

Which stories topped your "must-read" list this week?

Would you try lab-grown meat, if it were available and affordable?

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It's probably full of chemicals. Report
No, I wouldn't normally, but if I was starving I'm sure I'd eat anything. I'm sure could be a benefit for those that have very little in third world countries, etc.If they could meet the need down the road cost effectively. Report
Ideas like this make me so glad to be a vegetarian. I'd never try or eat meat (and never have)...much less lab meat.

However, I don't judge if others want to eat it. That's up to them. As for my meat-eating kids, I'd probably let them have it IF it's deemed safe, not chemically altered, nutritious and basically earns the right to be called food. So, basically they could eat it once it's been around for a while and no one has had any ill effects from it. Report
I would not trust a lab. Nature has its place in the food chain. Not a lab. Report
I might eat lab beef. If it was created by taking cow muscle cells and having them reproduce, using a nutrient solution that was the same as what "real" meat would have, then I might eat it. Ya know, when if/when it doesn't cost a gazillion bucks. Throw in any genetic tinkering to make it "better" for you, and/or chemicals in the nutrients to do the same thing, and I'll DEFINITELY pass.

Interesting thought, though. If this can lead to cloning individual organs (say, for transplant patients), I think the research should be pursued. Report
It doesn't hurt to try it once. But I would let someone else do it vefore me.Haha Report
I would eat it in a heartbeat! Assuming it were the same price as regular meat. :) I mean, it's just meat. It's no more "icky" than actual meat is, in my opinion (I love meat, but I do find it kind of gross when I think about it), and it doesn't come from a carcass. We can grow organs in labs and implant them successfully and they work just like normal; I don't see why growing meat in a lab would make it any different than meat on an animal, in the end. Obviously I would wait for studies and the FDA to demonstrate that there seems to be no health issues, but I can't imagine there would be - and it would do SO much good to cut down on factory farming. From an animal cruelty standpoint, from an ensuring-sufficient-food-supplies-a
round-the-world standpoint, from an environmental standpoint (less methane emissions with fewer big cow farms!), it's a win-win for everyone but the cattle farmer. And I'm sorry for them, should lab meat ever take over - but I don't believe in propping up outdated practices at the expense of new and better-for-us-all practices just to keep people in their same jobs. I'm sure lab meat is a long ways off yet, though. :) Report
That meat will be much cheaper and therefore people will buy it, as it will be used in prepared foods like Pizza, tacos, etc. and no one will know the difference.
Squat toilets are in most places in the world, where they don't have money to waste on a commodes. Report
absolutely not ! Report
If I knew it was lab-grown then the answer would be NO! The question is, are we already eating it? It's not like we really know what we're eating. Report
I would probably not eat it, but I hope people switch to lab-grown meat (as long as it's safe to eat) to end the suffering of the millions and billions of animals killed for food and help stop climate change. Report
Never. If we ran out of beef, that is enough reason for me to become a vegetarian or vegan. Plus, there are other types of meat than beef. I would choose Spam any day over this lab beef. Report
Yes. I would. We put all sorts of "created" things into our bodies. I would also wear an ear that was grown on a mouse, or a pancreas that was grown in a pig. Report
I've reduced the amount of meat we eat as a family to the point where we enjoy occasionally visiting a farm to purchase what we plan to eat. They say to never say never, but I hesitate to imagine wanting to ever eat meat grown in this manner, rather than from a healthy, properly fed and cared-for animal. Food will have to be very scarce or difficult to afford before I ever consider it. Report
No Way would I eat it or feed it to my family. I cannot imagine eating lab grown meat. It does not sound like it would be healthy for you. Report
I would not eat it or feed it to my dogs or cat. Although some pet food is questionable too. Report
I wouldn't eat it if I ate beef nor would I feed it to my family. I understand the need to find a way to feed places where beef isn't easily available, but I would be surprised if you would actually find it here. I hope this isn't the future of our food. Report
Absolutely 100% no way would I feed that to my family! In fact, we're slowly weening ourselves away from store bought. Raising dual purpose chickens! Report
Can't really think why not?
I'm open-minded and would try anything once. Report
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