Pink Slime, Flavored milk and poisoned candy! Those were the words that brought about the revelation in eating for me after watching 2 seasons of Jamie Olivers " Food revolution". A Must watch. The documentary takes Jamie Olver across the least healthiest states across the US of A during both the seasons and picks on the bottom level of our societal pyramid and its eating habits..the School Cafeterias.
Here are some of the quick pointers to remember from the show :
Pink Slime: 70% of America's ground beef contains leftover cow parts (a.k.a. "pink slime") containing e.coli and salmonella that has been treated with ammonia. Ammonia treated meat can be found in virtually all conventional grocery stores, fast food restaurants, many national restaurant chains, and school cafeterias. The saddest part is that the USDA allows this ammonia treated meat to enter the marketplace and with no labeling requirement on the packaging to inform the consumer that the meat their about to buy contains ammonia, thus hiding the truth and pulling a wool over the consumer's eye. Find out more facts here
Flavored milk: How kids are continually encouraged to drink flavored milk in schools and homes. NEws flash.. Milk is naturally white and any form of coloring means its artifical and not fit for anything remotely close to healthy.
Poisoned Candy: When was the last time you knew where your icecream toppings or candy came from. Toppings like sprinkles, syrup, and candies are made of ingredients such as Shellac made from the secretions of the female lac bug. It is used to make candies look shiny, L-Cysteine – derived from duck feathers or human hair. It is used as a dough conditioner keeping it nice and soft.
The show literally spells out common sense issues to parents, reminding folks to get back to the basics of cooking at home more and eating out less and buying fresh produce and not ready to eat meals.
A must watch for everyone.