THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN
Processed chicken: That's when they take a whole lot of chickens and assemble the respective parts. As I hear tell, all the parts are crammed into one big part, then the big part is cut up into little bitty parts. After all; parts is parts. From a 1988 ad for a Wendy's chicken product.
Dr. Richard D. DeShazo and his team of researchers from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, recently went to two fast food restaurants who are well known for their chicken nuggets (although they did not say which eateries these were, we can probably McGuess one of them). They took the nuggets back to their lab, took them apart, stained them, and then looked at them under a microscope. Their conclusions were published in this month's issue of the American Journal of Medicine.
Only 40-50% of the nuggets were made up of meat (muscle tissue). The other 50 to 60% was made up of yummy things like fat, blood vessels, cartilage, nerves, ground up bones, and even tissues that line the skin and internal organs. Although these products do not come to the fast food joint fully cooked, in the grocery store, they typically do. This means that on top of everything else, they are being fried in TRANS FATS (partially hydrogenated oils), as well as being supplied with a heavy dose of artificial flavors and EXCITOTOXINS / MSG in order to fool our taste buds and brains. They are then put into packages to get your children's attention and sold as something wholesome ---- chicken.
Unfortunately, we cannot leave this subject without first discussing Poultry Paste --- better known as Pink Slime. As crazy as it sounds, the process used to make these nuggets remains almost exactly as it was 25 years ago ---- as described in the quote from the top of the page.
Once the 'parts' are processed off the chicken into one large mass, it is blended together into huge vats and eventually becomes something called "Pink Slime". This gooey mess (seen below) can then be shaped, formed, flavored, and breaded in any way the food manufacturer wishes. By the way; hot dogs, lunch meats such as bologna, and all sorts of other meat products are made the same way --- only they use parts from a wider array of animals. Hey; it's true. Parts really is parts! Rather than me talking about it, just take a look at the first two minutes of this video.
SHOULD FOOD STAMP RECIPIENTS BE ALLOWED TO USE
TAX PAYER DOLLARS TO PURCHASE JUNK FOOD?
After looking at a study that showed how many billions of taxpayer dollars are being spent on junk food (candy, soda, ice cream, cookies, cake, chips, etc, etc,), he suggested that the SNAP program adopt similar guidelines to WIC (the Women, Infants, and Children program). As crazy as it sounds, the opposition is massive. I am not surprised.
This, like the proposed legislation making those on welfare eligible for random drug-tests, makes perfect sense. I mean after all; the program (SNAP) actually contains the word 'Nutrition' in its name. And let's be real. It's not like all of the foods that one can purchase on the WIC program are healthy. Many of these are HIGH GLYCEMIC INDEX sugar bombs. I, for one, do not wish to see anyone starve. However, if the government is going to provide food to people, let's see it limited to NUTRITIOUS FOODS. This not only benefits taxpayers, it benefits those whose eating habits are government-subsidized. Hopefully, they will end up with less CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY DISEASES than they otherwise would have.
WHO'S THE PARENT HERE?
THE MISNOMER OF "KID-FRIENDLY" FOODS
I recently had my first experience with the term "Kid-Friendly Food". My wife was making a meal for an ill neighbor, and was told by someone she knows to keep it "Kid Friendly" or her children will not eat it. Although I had a pretty good idea of what this term meant, when I asked my wife, she looked at me like I was the behind-the-times idiot that I often am.
"Kid-Friendly" foods. The truth is that most of these so-called "foods" have no real place in a child's diet. Yet our country's children are by-and-large living on them. Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Pizza Pockets, breakfast cereal, white bread, processed peanut butter, SUGARED everything, chips, JUNK FOOD, quantum amounts of GLUTEN, etc, etc, etc...... And the icing on the cake (no pun intended), is that most of these kids aren't eating vegetables ---- any vegetables (not even the DANGEROUS KIND)! Several years ago, the Focus on the Family radio program quoted research saying that 1/3 of American children (under 18) are getting zero servings of vegetables per week ---- unless you count french fries and ketchup as vegetables (the government allows our public schools do this ---- and believe it or not, pizza actually counts as two servings of vegetables (HERE). And despite Michelle Obama's best efforts to spend our tax dollars (HERE), things are not getting any better (unless you count THIS drivel).
In 2009, Ohio State University published a study of the dietary habits of more than 6,500 children ages 2 to 18. These researchers found that there was lots and lots of fruit "juice" being consumed --- particularly among the younger children (10% juice --- 90% sugar water), but that only 8% of the vegetables consumed could be considered to be "dark green or orange". What were the children's most-consumed "vegetables"? If you thought for awhile, you would probably be able to figure it out. Fried potatoes and corn. Unfortunately, neither is a vegetable. Corn is a grain that our nation's farmers feed their livestock to make them fat, while a white potato is a starchy root which, after cooking, has a higher Glycemic Index than table sugar. Have things gotten better dietary over the past few years? Is Ronald Regan going to be canonized during tonite's DNC address? The correct answer to both questions ---- of course not!
Why do you think so many children are sickly and OBESE? Why are chronic diseases like DIABETES, ASTHMA, Heart Disease, CANCER, AUTOIMMUNITY, INFLAMMATORY DISEASES, and numerous others, increasing exponentially here in America? Could it be that our national diet is beyond pathetic --- even though it does not have to be that way. Oh, there are a few medical doctors who have the gumption to tell parents the truth (HERE). But all too often, doctors give CRAPPY NUTRITIONAL ADVICE, and the kids continue to run the show as far as meals / snacks are concerned. The inmates are in charge of the asylum, the tail wags the dog, and parents continue to condemn their kids to a lifetime of health problems by giving them only those foods they really like to eat. And when given a choice, most children will chose chocolate cake and Cheetos over a vegetable salad or steamed broccoli. It's the nature of kids ---- it's how they think.
So for Pete's sake step up to the plate and be the parent. Think for your children. Help them make good decisions at the dinner table ---- or make the decisions for them. Little Johnny will not starve. In fact, he will probably learn to like most of the things that you teach him eat ---- vegetables included. Kind of like your parents and grandparents who grew up in their gardens. For more information, visit our WHOLE FOODS page.
FAST FOOD AND BRAIN FUNCTION
AN INVERSE RELATIONSHIP
Researchers have found that there's a part of your body that might actually shrink when you eat too much fast food. Unfortunately, it's your brain. People with diets high in trans fats are more likely to experience the kind of brain shrinkage associated with Alzheimer's disease than people who consume less of the artery-damaging fats. Sharon Kirkey from a December 29, 2011 Postmedia News story called, Fast Food May Damage Your Brain. The article was summarizing a study recently published in the journal Neurology.
For the mathematics tests, students who consumed fast food 4 to 6 times each week had scores 6.55 points below average. Daily consumption equated to a drop of 14.82 points, while the three-”junk food”-meals-a-day students scored 18.48 points below average.
This is not rocket science people! For information on how to eat healthier, visit my WHOLE FOODS PAGE. Oh, what do I recommend diet-wise? Try going PALEO for a month and watch your INFLAMMATION and CHRONIC PROBLEMS start to dissipate.
Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).
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