The Unsavory Truth of the McRib and Other Fake Foods, and Why Russia Banned US-Raised Meat
Sneaky "tricks of the trade" employed by the meat industry include "pink slime" made of otherwise unusable scraps, meat glue, and reconstituted meat—all of which fool you into thinking you're buying something of higher quality than you are.
McDonald's seasonally-available McRib sandwich contains more than 70 ingredients, including a chemical used in gym shoes and other items requiring a rubbery substance. And the pork is actually a restructured meat product made from the less expensive innards and scraps from the pig.
Russia has recently banned U.S. meat supplies after discovering it contains ractopamine-a beta agonist drug that increases protein synthesis, thereby making the animal more muscular. This reduces the fat content of the meat. Ractopamine is known to affect the human cardiovascular system, may cause food poisoning, and is thought to be responsible for hyperactivity, muscle breakdown, and increased death and disability in livestock.
As much as 20 percent of ractopamine remains in the meat you buy from the supermarket. Despite potential health risks, the drug is used in 45 percent of U.S. pigs, 30 percent of ration-fed cattle, and an unknown percentage of turkeys.
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Ralph Note: Also, if you don't understand CAFOs, time to get to know where the chicken, pork and beef running through your GI system is "manufactured."