Dirty Secret #2 Glued Meat
Meat glue, scientifically known as transglutaminase, is an enzyme utilized in the food industry as a binding agent to fuse small pieces of meat together, creating a larger, uniform piece.
It is commonly used in the production of meat patties, deli meats, and even to combine different types of meats.
However, this adhesive substance has its downsides. It may be a potential source of bacterial contamination, leading to food poisoning and an increased risk of disease.
What's more, those delightful patties or steaks you enjoy from the store might actually be composed of glued-together fragments of leftover meat.
Adding to the concern, meat glue is categorized as a processing aid, which means it is not required to be listed as an ingredient on product labels in the United States.
Dirty Secret #3 The Big 4
Eighty-five percent of the beef industry is controlled by four companies that have all faced criticism for monopolization, poor working conditions, animal welfare concerns, and environmental impacts.
Meet the big four:
JBS S.A.: A Brazilian multinational corporation, JBS USA holds a prominent position as one of the world's largest meat processing companies. Engaged in beef, pork, and poultry processing, it operates numerous facilities across the United States.
Tyson Foods: Stands as a leading meat producer in the United States, with a primary focus on chicken, beef, and pork processing.
Cargill Meat Solutions: Operates as a division of Cargill, Incorporated—an influential global agribusiness conglomerate.
National Beef Packing Company: Ranks among the largest beef processing companies in the United States.
Unless you directly purchase beef from a rancher, it is highly likely that the meat you consume come from one of these massive companies.
Dirty Secret #4 Grass-fed Really?
Here's the truth: beef can be labeled as "grass-fed" simply because the cattle have consumed grass at some point during their lives.
However, a significant portion of these very same cattle is transitioned to a grain-based diet towards the end of their lives when they are placed in feedlots to expedite weight gain and enhance efficiency.
But wait, there's more...
Less than 5% of the total beef supply in the United States comes from cattle that have been 100% grass-fed and grass-finished.
This is precisely why it becomes crucial to have an in-depth understanding of the precise ORIGIN of your beef, the manner in which it is RAISED, and the individuals responsible for its production.
Dirty Secret #5 Mystery Vaccines
The cat is out of the bag...
mRNA vaccines will soon be in our beef supply.
When it comes to cattle vaccines, their regulation falls under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), specifically the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Center for Veterinary Biologics (CVB). These entities oversee the safety and efficacy of cattle vaccines.
However, here's the unsettling truth: The specific list of vaccines or antibiotics administered to cattle is not disclosed on the packaging of the beef you purchase.
Mystery meat, coming from who knows where, and given vaccines (and mRNA vaccines before long) doesn't sound that appealing does it?
Dirty Secret #6 Inside The Plant
Welcome to mass food production, where efficiency takes precedence over health and safety, and the beef industry is no exception.
Within a single package of ground beef, you might find yourself consuming meat derived from a vast array of cows. The numbers are staggering, ranging from 100 to an astonishing 1,000 cows.
Yes, you read that correctly. Scientific studies have revealed the presence of DNA traces from up to 1,000 cows in a solitary package of ground beef.
Dirty Secret #7 Dirty Beef
The number one food on the dirty dozen list might surprise you ...
According to the EPA, meat carries a heavier load of pesticides than any plant-based food. Yes, you heard me right: meat, a staple in your diet, is filled with deadly chemicals.
The fact is pesticides are fat-soluble, meaning they love to cozy up in the fatty tissues of cattle. And let's not forget the cocktail of antibiotics, drugs, and hormones that have become standard fare in animal husbandry.
And unfortunately you can't just washing these chemicals off your meat, like other food products.
You are what you eat, and guess what? The animals are what they eat too.
That means that your run-of-the-mill grocery store meat is, pardon my bluntness, one of the worst choices you can make for your health.
If those 7 dirty secrets left you grossed out and feeling overwhelmed and uncertain about the quality of the meat you are eating ...