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1/20/14 12:56 P

Over the weekend, I was in the meat section of the market trying to decide what I wanted for dinner. I was leaning towards beef. So, I started looking at the vartious options. I found one company that said their beef was all natural. no preservatives, no growth hormones and fed a 100% vegetarian diet !

That sounds pretty good, doesn't it ? all natural ? and fed a 100% vegetarian diet. BUT, what most people don't realize is that cows need to eat grass to be healthy. A 100% vegetarian diet means the cow was fed corn. that still doesn't sound bad, but cows need to eat grass.

I did find some organic beef where the cows had been fed a 100% grass diet. And at $6.99 a pound, that was a really good deal. Oh, but I ended up with some pork. LOL. Moral of the story ? You need to be an educated consumer. Because there is a lot of MIS-information out there.

My personal favorite list of ingredients is still the list from the McDonalds French Fry. No wonder it will survive a nuclear blast. LOL !

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1/20/14 12:37 P

Hit the nail on the head, Anarie! Frankly, I'd be happy if schools would each critical thinking in all the disciplines, not just science. It wasn't until college that I realized that I could make my own theories based on what I read rather than just regurgitating what someone else had said.

LOLA_LALA Posts: 659
1/20/14 12:24 P

Egg-ZACT-ly, ANARIE! emoticon

Look at the chemicals in an all-natural banana...

And something I eat every day, blueberries, contain stearic acid, palmitoleic acid, and even butylated hydroxytoluene! How's about them apples??

Edited by: LOLA_LALA at: 1/20/2014 (12:26)
ANARIE Posts: 13,200
1/20/14 12:14 P

I think it says more about the sad state of science education. You see this all the time with people here who say, "Oh, don't eat that! It's all full of chemicals! It's got tocopherols and annato!" They just assume that if they don't recognize a word, it's something bad, instead of looking it up to find out what it is. They won't eat anything with Splenda because it's "artificial," but they'll guzzle down the TruVia and Purevia because the label has the word "natural," when in fact those granulated stevia sweeteners are just as artificial AND are insufficiently tested.

I wish our schools would start requiring courses in scientific critical thinking. Instead of memorizing (and instantly forgetting) the periodic table, we need people to be able to read a scientific journal article and understand the difference between the results of the study and the suggestions for further research. A lot of the popular belief about recent research comes from reporters who mis-read the article and report that it says the exact opposite of what it actually found. We need people to be able to look at a label and question the claims. What does "all-natural" mean? (Answer: Nothing!) What does "supports a healthy...." mean? (Answer: Nothing!) What does "proprietary formula" mean? (Answer: "Neener, neener, neener, We don't have to tell you!")

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,485
1/20/14 9:25 A

Food manufacturers denatures natural food and then ends up trying to add back the nutrients destroyed in processing. And since the processing also destroys the flavor, the food manufacturers end up using flavor chemists to make is the additional sugar, salt, and fat thrown in. The mock ingredient list for natural food is humorous, but you can't compete with Mother Nature.

comparing processed food to natural whole foods is like comparing an android to a human being.

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1/20/14 8:50 A

This was a pretty thought provoking image and article. What are your thoughts?

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