@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
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.
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.
@aserious manYou 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
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
Well said Pagan!
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.
So, Euell Gibbons was right all along.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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
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.