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Taco Bell gets Sued – Where’s the Beef?

The word has spread across the internet: An Alabama law firm has filed a class action lawsuit against Taco Bell in California, saying its meat fails to meet the definition of beef set forth by the U.S. government. The lawsuit claims Taco Bell’s meat cannot be honestly advertised as “beef” because it claims tests showed the meat was only 35% beef, not the 70% beef required by federal standards.

“It’s mainly soy and oats and there’s lots of other stuff in there that I don’t even know how to pronounce,” said attorney Dee Miles.

 I believe they, the lawyers, have missed an important point. I understand they are comparing “beef” to soy, oats or whatever, but first you need to define meat VS beef.

 It is my understanding that a large part of Taco Bell’s meat is not really meat. When meat is removed from the bone, there is always a little bit of meat left behind attached to the tendons which are attached to the bone. To remove the meat and tendon, a chemical is put on the bone that releases everything. The combination of meat and tendon is then cooked and ground up (not necessarily in that order) and then declared meat.

 According to the lawsuit, this product – meat/tendon/beef – is then processed as reported below.

 Taco Bell’s tacos, burritos and other Mexican menu items advertised with beef actually contain a filling of mostly non-meat substances like “isolated oat product,” according to the lawsuit filed last week in a California federal court.

“The ‘chicken’ and ‘carne asada steak’ served by Taco Bell is, in fact, chicken or carne asada steak,” the lawsuit says. “The ‘seasoned beef,’ however, is not beef.”

Taco Bell simmers 100 percent U.S. Department of Agriculture-inspected beef in a “proprietary blend of seasonings and spices” to give it a signature taste and texture, Taco Bell President Greg Creed said in a statement.

All seasoning ingredients are listed on the website, he said.

“Unfortunately, the lawyers in this case elected to sue first and ask questions later — and got their ‘facts’ absolutely wrong,” Creed said.

Unfortunately, the lawyers/law suit did not identify ingredients in the “proprietary blend”. We can only guess at some of these, but I am pretty sure of the following as it comes from their website.

• Autolyzed Yeast Extract (which contains MSG, an excitotoxin)This makes poor quality “food” taste better – tricks your taste buds
• Red #40, Blue #1, Yellow #6 artificial colors
Where do these come from?  coal tar derivatives (same as “Sweet and Low”)

• Corn syrup solidsHigh Fructose Corn Syrup – a poison in its own right (25% has mercury in it) and it comes from GMO corn that is toxic.
• Partially Hydrogenated Corn Oil
There is not anything healthy about this. All hydrogenated vegetable oils become trans fatty acids and still bad because of GMO corn.
• Soy Protein
There is only one thing unhealthier than corn oil and that is anything to do with soy. Soy is 95 % GMO. I forgot to mention that  GMO’s were designed to use more herbicides than other plants; also, don’t forget the pesticides and chemical fertilizers
• Propylene Glycol Alginate
There is nothing like a product in your food similar to antifreeze

 • Dimethylpolysiloxane (an anti-foaming chemical)  a favorite of Tyson chicken, beef and pork. McDonalds probably uses the most of this product in the world for its chicken McNuggets

 Taco Bell responded quickly, saying their meat was “88% beef” and that they buy the same brand of beef sold in supermarkets — Tyson Foods.

 The truth be known, almost no one has “meat” any more toxic and unhealthy than Tyson.

 This a quote from Mike Adams the “Health Ranger”

Suddenly we care about food quality at Taco Bell?

But seriously, the bigger issue here isn’t Taco Bell’s meat ingredients as much as it is Americans’ dietary complacency: If you eat at Taco Bell, you don’t CARE what you’re eating. Why should it matter if it’s meat, or soy, or even recycled rat turds? The very fact that somebody is eating at Taco Bell already establishes they’re not very interested in the purity, origins and nutritional potency of the foods they consume.

 This is the same scenario if you are eating food bought at a regular grocery store and purchasing processed foods.

 Sometimes you are out and you just can’t eat healthy food. So what can you do? The key here is to minimize the risk of chemicals and toxins.

 The first thing to do is avoid Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut (all owned by the same corporation), Mc Donald’s and similar food dispensers. The chicken and meat in all of these stores are pumped up with MSG, HFCS, salt and water as a minimum. Since it is impossible to avoid all of these products, you need to minimize. Most fast-food places super-size everything, which makes being healthy harder; look for salads and limit yourself to small portions of foods. On eating salads, try to get olive oil and some type of vinegar. If you are near a Chick-Fil-A, you can get 4 nuggets (these are also not reconstituted) to reduce your volume. Sometimes you can get a wrap that has fewer carbohydrates – grilled and leave the sauce off. Soup is usually not a good idea because of MSG.

 The best places for good food are those that use organic local food that is grown and prepared by loving people who care for your good health. These restaurants are hard to find, but the good news is that they are sprouting up all over the USA. Look for them; it is worth the extra time and effort.

 So, what is the take-home message from this entire Taco Bell law suit? Who cares, but it will still be fun to see how this plays out.

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Eating Healthy Foods is now a Mental Disorder!

Just treating the old diseases like heart attacks, type 2 diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, allergies, flu (with vaccines) and degenerative conditions does not bring in enough money to satisfy the voracious appetite of Big Pharma to tear every dine out of the US population that they can get their grubby hands around.

Big Pharma continues to invent new diseases just so they can grab more than their fair share of profits. It is bad enough that toxic chemical agriculture and industrial food manufactures are killing us with poor quality food, but now those of us that want to eat better than junk food are labeled as having a mental disorder.

The following head line appeared in the Guardian in England.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/aug/16/orthorexia-mental-health-eating-disorder

Healthy food obsession sparks rise in new eating disorder

Fixation with healthy eating can be sign of serious psychological disorder

By Amelia Hill in the Observer, Sunday 16 August 2009

The following quote would be funny if it wasn’t so serious. The end result is that Big Pharma is now pushing psychotropic drugs to treat this disease.

Eating disorder charities are reporting a rise in the number of people suffering from a serious psychological condition characterized by an obsession with healthy eating.

The condition, orthorexia nervosa, affects equal numbers of men and women, but sufferers tend to be aged over 30, middle-class and well-educated.

The condition was named by a Californian doctor, Steven Bratman, in 1997, and is described as a “fixation on righteous eating”. Until a few years ago, there were so few sufferers that doctors usually included them under the catch-all label of “Ednos” – eating disorders not otherwise recognized. Now, experts say, orthorexics take up such a significant proportion of the Ednos group that they should be treated separately.

“I am definitely seeing significantly more orthorexics than just a few years ago,” said Ursula Philpot, chair of the British Dietetic Association’s mental health group. “Other eating disorders focus on quantity of food but orthorexics can be overweight or look normal. They are solely concerned with the quality of the food they put in their bodies, refining and restricting their diets according to their personal understanding of which foods are truly ‘pure’.”

Orthorexics commonly have rigid rules around eating. Refusing to touch sugar, salt, caffeine, alcohol, wheat, gluten, yeast, soya, corn and dairy foods is just the start of their diet restrictions. Any foods that have come into contact with pesticides, herbicides or contain artificial additives are also out.

The obsession about which foods are “good” and which are “bad” means orthorexics can end up malnourished. Their dietary restrictions commonly cause sufferers to feel proud of their “virtuous” behavior even if it means that eating becomes so stressful their personal relationships can come under pressure and they become socially isolated.

“The issues underlying orthorexia are often the same as anorexia and the two conditions can overlap but orthorexia is very definitely a distinct disorder,” said Philpot. “Those most susceptible are middle-class, well-educated people who read about food scares in the papers, research them on the internet, and have the time and money to source what they believe to be purer alternatives.”

Deanne Jade, founder of the National Centre for Eating Disorders, said: “There is a fine line between people who think they are taking care of themselves by manipulating their diet and those who have orthorexia. I see people around me who have no idea they have this disorder. I see it in my practice and I see it among my friends and colleagues.”

Jade believes the condition is on the increase because “modern society has lost its way with food”. She said: “It’s everywhere, from the people who think it’s normal if their friends stop eating entire food groups, to the trainers in the gym who [promote] certain foods to enhance performance, to the proliferation of nutritionists, dieticians and naturopaths [who believe in curing problems through entirely natural methods such as sunlight and massage].

“And just look in the bookshops – all the diets that advise eating according to your blood type or metabolic rate. This is all grist for the mill to those looking for proof to confirm or encourage their anxieties around food.”

It appears that the goal of main stream news (TV, newspapers, etc), medicine, drug corporations, and industrial food manufactures is control of people so that they will blindly follow what they are “told” so the income levels of corporations will not fall.

The following is a comment from Mike Adams the Health Ranger.

There is a huge danger to those who run our consumption-based society because consumption depends on ignorance combined with suggestibility. For people to keep blindly buying foods, medicines, health insurance and consumer goods, they need to have their higher brain functions switched off. Processed junk foods laced with toxic chemicals just happens to achieve that rather well. Why do you think dead, processed foods remain the default meals in public schools, hospitals and prisons? It’s because dead foods turn off higher levels of awareness and keep people focused on whatever distractions you can feed their brains: Television, violence, fear, sports, sex and so on.

The one other thing Mike and the Guardian left out when it comes too switched off brains is fluoride in the water. Fluoride depletes lithium from the body and causes depression. Add dead unhealthy foods and it is easy to see how we end up with orthorexia nervosa.

The truth is that we need as many people eating healthy food as possible so that someone has enough clarity to help people change or to help change our system so that we increase the number of people that demand healthy food to prevent as much disease as possible.

To Your Good Health

Dr Bob the Health Builder and Phil N Fine

To ask questions please call 214 615 6505 ext 1748 

PO Box 914

Whitesboro, TX 76273-0884

www.drbobthehealthbuilder.podomatic.com  www.wealthhealthywise.net       

www.pardonyourhangover.com a special product that can prevent symptoms caused by drinking too much – the hangover helper.

www.eathealthyU.com  my new membership site. Video of my new book “Eat Healthy, Feel Better, Live Longer”

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