But the Cafeteria group also received continual access to a set of human foods typically deemed as being highly palatable and commonly found in commercial buffets, including meat pies, cookies, dim sim and cakes. They found that after two weeks on this diet, the Cafeteria rats lost motivation to do tasks and appeared unresponsive to normal sensory cues about what to eat. It was also much lower in protein, and lower in carbohydrate though higher in simple sugar. From this, it might not be the amount of fat in the cafeteria diet, per se, that leads to over-consumption, but the processed ingredients in the cafeteria foods.
Work from my own lab published earlier this year supports this — even a low-fat diet made mostly of highly refined ingredients can make rats fatter and impair motivation. When we eat a particular food, we become sated on that food and our motivation to consume it decreases. This is a normal self-regulating mechanism that controls our consumption. So after eating a meal of savoury food, for example, we often find our appetite for sweet foods remains high even if we feel we can no longer eat anymore of the savoury.
This is called sensory-specific satiety. And where dessert comes in. The rats in the study were given one of two flavoured solutions — cherry or grape. After consuming one of these, the rats were given two separate bottles with the two flavours.
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The rats in Group Chow consumed much less of the flavour they had recently had and a lot more of the other. But, interestingly, the rats that had just spent two weeks on the cafeteria diet drank less of the flavoured solution in the single-bottle part of the test and appeared to be less hungry or less motivated overall. There was also no difference in the amount of either solution consumed in the second two-bottle test, showing no sensory-specific satiety. Since they consumed less solution overall than the Chow rats, it could be that they might just be generally motivationally impaired or uninterested in the flavours.
Overall though, this data provide a compelling comparison to the observation in humans that individuals who over-consume a highly palatable diet, or who are obese, show an impaired reaction to these sensory cues. The authors looked at how rats fed a cafeteria diet responded to food cues through Pavlovian learning, by which a flavour or odour comes to be valued desired when paired with an improvement in caloric state and the accompanying hedonic state that comes from the restoration of energy balance.
It all comes down to the meat industry trying to make more profit at the expense of our health. You can eat it if you want to. And I want clear labeling so I know what I am buying. Simple as that. Advocating for this basic right needs no scientific explanation. I am definitely concerned with the use of ammonium hydroxide. This method has disaster written all over it in my mind.
From what I CAN find, the mechanical process currently used not the old process which the so-called reporters are talking about is removing the connective tissue using a de-sinew-er. It frustrates me how something as simple and beautiful as food and nourishment becomes a great big mess in the hands of our government. Everything becomes tied to money, higher ups turn their head to the disease that is created, and the public reminds blind to what is going on. It has also encouraged my determination to eat mostly vegan and participate in a CSA this summer. Thank you. The beef industry is ignoring what consumers want- labeling and disclosure.
If it actually enhances nutrition and safety, then what is the problem with labeling the product so that consumers can choose? This is why I only buy ground beef from places that grind on site. Many grocery stores WILL grind up a roast for you if you ask, as long as they have the equipment. The chicken nuggets at Mcdonalds are made the same way with pink goop look it up will really make you sick.
I think this, and the food safety issues you brought up, are the points that are most important in this debate. Multiply that by say students that might get served in a typical cafeteria per day. Is this stuff just in ground beef? Cause I say we just boycott it. If we boycott ground beef altogether maybe change will happen sooner than later. In order to initiate change, you need to support the people doing it right and condemn those who do it wrong. Which makes boycotting pretty much ineffective there, too. I am appalled by this issue.
I will be purchasing organic meat from now on and will be sure to let my supermarket know why. I hope that if enough people say something our government will modify laws so that consumers know what is in the food we eat. I will and I hope thousands of others too prove my commitment to healthy safe food by spending my money on quality products. Elizabeth, I really like your comments. It is difficult, if not impossible, to purchase real cheese anymore. I am the father of a child who eats hot lunch at school every day.
I am also a farmer and I take great pride in raising healthy cattle that produce safe and nutritious beef. Beef that tests positive for these organisms is rejected and never supplied to schools. This includes Lean Finely Textured Beef used as a raw material in ground beef products. Ammonium hydroxide is used to produce a lean meat product that is added to ground beef to reduce the overall fat content without compromising flavor.
It also has some degree of antimicrobial effect. Ammonium hydroxide also is used in a variety of other processed foods, such as baked goods, gelatins and puddings, and cheeses, and can occur naturally in foods. The FSIS safety review process was and is an in-depth, science-based process that spans years, many research projects and involves many experts across all levels of the agency-and in this case, the process proved the product is safe. Approving lean finely textured beef as safe was the right decision, and today, it remains a safe way to meet the nutritional needs of a growing population.
Thank you George! There is nothing unsafe about it. Your post is refreshing and enlightening. I am not seeing the problem here. With that being said, if people are outraged about what the school is serving, then pack their lunches! Yes, it is our responsibility to see our kids eat healthy foods, that is why we are all raising awareness and calling these folks out. And I am screaming! I pack my kids lunches but not everyone can afford to! I think one of the major things issues here is the lack of transparency and labelling so that we as parents and consumers can make informed decisions.
As, a parent, I am happy to read the labels and the fine print, pack a lunch, and take responsibility for my child. But how would I even know if the burger I lovingly made her myself at home had ammoniated beef trimming in it? Besides that, I have the time, money and literacy skills to do that. I can invest time looking up unfamiliar ingredients. Not every parent is able to do that. Many parents need to rely on schools to provide a meal for their child. Why should they not be able to make an informed choice as well?
This maybe true. But this is not because the company bpi did t label it. If you look on a package of buns or say a pudding cup. They as well dont say ammonia, but it is used as a preserving agent.
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I do want to say I appreciate that you are open minded and not bias about this topic. Great job!!
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I posted this link on my facebook page. There is a press statement on Bizjournals. Customers are upset and will vote with their wallets! How condescending! You paint with a pretty wide brush when it comes to judging others. You show yourself to be ill informed, judgmental, and ignorant. Get an education! Pink slime is gross; I think we can all agree on that.
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However, the health benefits of a plant-based diet far outweigh one that includes slime-free red meat. The Archives of Internal Medicine, a pubblication of the Amer. Substitution of other healthy protein sources for red meat is associated with a lower mortality risk. If schools really want to lower costs and serve wholesome food, perhaps they should consider legumes.
This is going to turn into an issue of be careful what you wish for. I think there are other issues that we should wave our big stick at than school lunches. I am willing to pay more for a properly cooked lunch for my kids. Ammonium hydroxide is just ammonia dissolved in water hydrated. In a college course that I have taken, I learned that this is true. That they are useing all the parts of the animal, and treating the extra parts with ammonia, however, the meat industries are not only treating the meat filler with ammonia because of all the extra parts of the animal they are grinding up to prevent e-coli but to also prevent e-coli in the cows that are being infected with it because they are now being fed corn instead of alfalfa.
Corn is cheaper than alfalfa, all parts of the cow is being used, and meat prices are still high. Why put americans at such risk? Is it simply large corporations trying to maximize their own profit? Pad their own pockets? Such as another post I read on here. Lets look into getting the funding for healthier meat and on that note heathier meals. Lets fight for labled meat that has been treated. Lets get some changing done around here americans! This petition should not just stop at school foods. This should be a standard across the board for any food sold anywhere!
Maybe they could add in cow organ meat too. It could increase the nutritional profile, allow even more of the cow to be used, and it could certainly save schools a lot of money. First of all there hasnt been any conclusive scientific proof that this stuff is bad for you. Its true that there has not been any proof that this pink slime is good for you either, but by that logic shouldnt everyone stop eating candy and soda? Because there is no scientific proof purporting that candy and soda are good for you Also the pink slime is made mostly from collagen — the indigestible portion of meat, found mostly in tendons and muscle fascia.
Having meat that is lean, but consists of pink slime, would technically be more nutritious than having fatty cuts of non-processed organic meat. What about the preservatives that meats and other foods are treated with to enable transport to supermarkets and enhance shelf life? Nitrosamines in hot dogs are a great example — nitrosamines are still used as preservatives despite the fact that they have been scientifically proven to cause cancer thought not at the levels found in a single hot dog. Its true that pink slime can never be as nutritious as the muscle portion of meats, but its clearly better than many other alternatives serving fatty meats or replacing meat with extra carbs or fat in school lunches.
However, before we all move to get rid of pink slime I feel like there are much more grave issues that people have ignored — the use of pesticides in crops, the use of toxic preservatives in all foods, and the use of packaging that contain toxins. Oh yeah, and leaner. Read the nutrition facts on a box of plain gelatin and then tell me that all protein is the same nutritionally. I hope all your children dont like to eat beef at school.. If this petition actually casues them to change the way they make hamburg for big contracts two things will happen.. Cost of meat will sky rocket and the already poor school systems will be forced to do with out or purchase an even lower grade of meat…Or your children will get sick from eating a non treated beef…You people have been eating this for years and no one has gotten ill..
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Its still beef all edible beef.. The beef industry should have sued him for the ignorance in his little show.. Are you joking when you say that people have been eating this for years and no one has gotten ill?! Have you taken a look around lately? Most people are ill in one form or another! Big Ag lies all the time… about everything. Big difference. I am sadden by the lake of care our leaders have about us the people. I use a biodegradable litter that works really well. If I flush the clumps, am I contributing to toxoplasmosis in the water?
Puss in Poops. Photo courtesy trainedcat via Flicrk Thank you for your conscientious kitty litter flushing question. Some, like you, were concerned about flushing the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis, because it has been reported to kill sea mammals. Which makes me wonder why we dump our sewer water into the sea? Other cat lovers wrote to point out that toxoplasmosis is not a concern for indoor cats. The good new is you can flush kitty litter if your cat is an indoor cat.
Cats get toxoplasmosis when they eat mice and birds and other small animals that are infected with the disease. Indoor Cat is toxoplasmosis-free, you can ask your vet to do a screening test. According to the Centers for Disease Control, you can protect against toxoplasmosis by:.
Thanks to all the indoor cat owners who caught it.