More Food Is Processed Than You Think

These days so much food is “prepared.” It makes it difficult to eat consciously and lose weight. I’ve warned before about shopping in the center of the grocery store, where most processed foods lurk. But many of the foods on the periphery are prepared too, especially meat:

According to USDA, about one-third of poultry, 15 percent of beef and 90 percent of pork may have added ingredients — about 40 percent of all raw, whole cuts of meat. The rule does not apply to ground beef, which may have other added substances.

These additives can run the gamut from chicken broth and teriyaki sauce to salt.

But a new law proposed by the Agriculture Department wants to require companies to label the additives in their meat. This change would allow consumers to make more informed decisions in the store and would be especially helpful to those trying to lose weight.

The main added substance to avoid is salt, which is found in most prepared foods. With fast food especially it is shockingly easy to exceed the recommended daily intake. The great danger of salt is that it can lead to hypertension/high blood pressure.  Hopefully new laws like this one will make it easier to stay healthy.

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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