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Published: Monday, Oct. 31 2011 10:00 p.m. MDT

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Lifelong Republican
Orem, UT

This was an absolute non-story. Any plant material you are eating contains cellulose from the cell wall found in plant cells. Trying to sensationalize it by calling it wood pulp was ridiculous. The commercial promoting this story on KSL was even more ridiculous.

I understand you are just doing your job trying to come up with creative ideas but this one was a swing and a miss.

My2Cents
Taylorsville, UT

I knew our prepared foods don't have any nutrition and this story seems to be implying that bulk is more important than nutrition. So with out the nutrition our body needs is it any wonder why all the children and adults are becoming disease and illness factories? This makes a lot of sense too that doctors even know about this deficiency in our food and prescribe so many vitamin pills also made of cellulose and crude oil byproducts.

People are forced to spend all their waking hours to work 2 or 3 jobs to pay their bills and don't have time to cook at home. Nutrition is key to health and there is no substitute and the FDA should be protecting the public from these deceptive by product health risks. Maybe labels need to disclosing ingredient sources along with the deceptive lab chemical sub component names. Not very many consumers are lab scientists.

Mom of 8
Hyrum, UT

During WWII in Germany, my father and his sister scoured the lumber yards to fill buckets of sawdust. Their mother mixed it in with her flour to double the amount she had to provide for her starving family.

My father is still alive at age 80, albeit suffering from Alzheimer's. What he still remembers, though, is that he hates cracked wheat bread, which reminds him of the small chunks of wood he had to swallow down in his mother's bread.

a serious man
Rexburg, ID

The real tidbit in this story is the doctor wisely condemning synthetic food additives. We have no idea how that stuff effects, and much research is pointing to its harmfulness. Just because the FDA says something won't kill you, it doesn't mean it won't harm you in other subtler ways.

5
Orem, UT

It may be more important to be concerned about the amount of genetically modified food we eat. And that may be less important than what the growing of GM food is doing to our soils. Plants of all kinds, corn, soy, sugar beets wheat and most other produce is genetically modified to be resistant to herbicides such as roundup. They are called roundup ready. In the last 8 years the soil has been saturated with the herbicide. When the program started it took only 1 quart per acre to control weeds. Now it takes up to 6 quarts per acre. Weeds are becoming resistant to the herbicides and our soil is less capable of maintaining critical beneficial biology. We are slowly killing the soilon which we depend for our very existence.

juni4ling
Somewhere in Colorado, CO

Eat less.

Exerise.

Eat healthy.

As an aside, many of the diet-related diseases that are spiking may be related to the generally *bad* eating habits of society.

Not being able to pronounce something does not necessarily mean that it is unhealthy. It might just mean that the person who cannot pronounce it is an idiot.

Eat less. Eat fresh food. Have a garden, and use it. Exercise. With that plan, if I market it right, I should be making millions and millions of dollars...

When my Mom went to college, she talked about the sit-down meals she had with her roommates... (60's) When I went to college the only time I had sit-down meals with my roommates was when we would take dates to restaurants... (early 90's)

Society has changed... I am glad that now I have a family, we have time to have a sit-down meal every night for dinner. Fresh food from our garden through ~much of the year, and frozen and canned goods from our garden the rest of the year...

Richard Larson
Holladay, ut

So, Euell Gibbons was right all along.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

It has a variety of appealing aspects that can make the food look and taste more palatable," Boyton said. "It's a filler. It sort of adds bulk to food. - Article

Disgusting.

Mom of 8 | 7:08 a.m. Nov. 1, 2011,

I can UNDERSTAND eating wood when faced with starvation for your family.

I can UNDERSTAND advocating against artificial food additives.

But when it is not nessecary? In today's age?

You know we've taken a few steps BACK as a society when the majority supports fillers...

instead of substenance.

Shimlau
SAINT GEORGE, UT

Well said Pagan!

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

I'm not surprised, nor even disappointed. Most people would get all cranky if they knew what was in processed food. But, we want lots of food. Cheap. For billions of people. That is why they're necessary. If you think your food comes from mom and pop farmers who carefully select and prepare it then you're either mistaken or you're a mom and pop farmer. Otherwise, it came from the factory farm. It contains GMO, or was sprayed with something. It's been through a factory where it went through a machine called a screener or mill or grinder or dehusker or frier or extruder or something like that. It's had stuff added it to it just enough so that some of the ingredients are legally able to be referred to as 'spices', or 'filler'. That's how we pay the piper for a high protein diet for billions.

JFFR
Salt Lake City, UT

@aserious man

You say "much of the articles is pointing to its harmfulness" Can you point me to some peer reviewed studies? Because I haven't found them yet.

I got my master's in nutrition and I loved arguing nutritional value of organic vs conventional. Everyone is so emotionally attached to organic, but when you look at the studies there isn't a nutritional difference. You can hand pick a few studies but when you look at the entire picture, organic is not superior to conventional. (Am J Clin Nutr. 2009 Sep;90(3):680-5)

One of the more recent Journal of the American Dietetics Association had an insert on how Amish farm methods are damaging the environment. Believe it or not, mom and pop farmers were pretty rough on the environment too.

GRAS-Generally Recognized as Safe. This article should have taught the consumer about GRAS. They are food additives that have been recognized as safe, the FDA won't allow food additives until they pass this test.

Hospitality
SPRINGVILLE, UT

Part 1 - The FDA and the USDA both get an F- for all their "work." They were created at the behest of big business, and they have always served them. They've proved time and again that they don't care one hoot about health and nutrition for the American people. We have to take care of that all by ourselves. Of course, the food industry doesn't want us to die TOO fast, because then we might get suspicious. Before you believe anything any nutritionist, dietitian, doctor, food scientist, or health practitioner says about food, you'd better first find out whose payroll they're on.

Hospitality
SPRINGVILLE, UT

Part 2 - My statistician and nutritionist offspring say you can make any study turn out any way you want. Studies mean zilch. GRAS is nonsense. The food industry is selling flavor-and-looks, not nutrition, despite what they claim. They're after your money, and they don't care what happens to you. There are plenty more where you came from. If their food makes you sick, well, they're highly invested in the healthcare system too. Gotta keep those patients coming. I'd follow the Amish way sooner than I would follow the Journal of the American Dietetics Association. You should grow and prepare your own food; that way you know exactly what's in it.

JFFR
Salt Lake City, UT

@hospitality- how many Americans grow their own food? What was the life expectancy back when people did grow their own food?

What you are saying is not realistic. Grow your own food? Well I hope you don't like bananas because our climate can't handle them. I hope you don't want apples in the springtime or berries in the fall. In fact, I hope you don't want much fresh produce during the summer, because most of your vegetables won't be ready in Springville during the early summer months. I hope you don't like beef or pork because I doubt you could raise one in your yard (if you can, I tip my hat to you! But 99% of Americans can't.)

The FDA most certainly did not come about at the behest of industry. Go ahead and check your history. Read "The Jungle" and check out "sulfanilamide".

You are correct in saying there are food companies and drug companies that don't care about people and only care about money. That is sad, its a tough world we live in!

As far as making studies go whichever way you want, organic/"green"/dietary supplement companies are more guilty than most!

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