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    Oh look... A recall of American organic meat...

    Company recalls ground beef over E. coli fears
    By the CNN Wire Staff
    December 31, 2010 -- Updated 1030 GMT (1830 HKT)

    Thousands of pounds of ground beef are being recalled due to E. coli concerns.
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    It recalls 34,373 pounds of organic ground beef
    Products were shipped to six states
    A company sampling confirms a positive result for E. coli.
    (CNN) -- A California company has recalled 34,373 pounds of organic ground beef over fears of E. coli contamination.
    First Class Foods Inc. of Hawthorne said recalled packages were produced on December 7 and December 16.
    They have "EST. 18895" printed on them, federal officials said.
    Products were shipped to California, New Jersey, North Carolina, New York, Wisconsin and Washington state.
    2009: E. coli in beef, cookie dough
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    E. Coli
    A company sampling confirmed a positive result for E. coli. The company and federal officials have not received reports of illnesses associated with these products.
    E. coli can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration and in severe cases, kidney failure. Babies, seniors and people with weak immune systems are the most susceptible.
    Consumers with questions can contact Lucienne Adams of First Class Foods at (310) 676-2500.

    Company recalls ground beef over E. coli fears - CNN.com
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    where the fuck did the E. Coli come from?! thats fucking sick and Hawthorne, CA is a dump, i can't believe organic meat is "produced" there

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    And if it's not American beef with e. coli, it's British shopping bags:

    Bags for life could have E.coli - Telegraph
    Bags for life could have E.coli

    Bags for life could be a threat to shoppers' health because they harbour potentially deadly food poisoning bugs, according to research.

    Tests on shoppers’ bags revealed half contained traces of E.coli, a lethal toxin which killed 26 people in Scotland in 1996 in one of the worlds worst food poisoning outbreaks.

    Scientists also found many were contaminated with salmonella.

    Reusable plastic shopping bags have become increasingly popular in Britain thanks to supermarkets and other retailers giving out millions of free ones to shoppers in the last three years.

    It is estimated that there are "hundreds of millions" of bags for life in use in Britain, according to sources within Wrap, the Government's anti-waste watchdog. Because the vast majority of people do not wash their bags after each shopping trip, they could be putting themselves at risk.

    The tests were undertaken by the University of Arizona, whose researchers stopped a total of 84 shoppers to check the state of their bags.

    The researchers warned the levels of bacteria they found were high enough to cause a wide range of serious health problems and even death.
    Children may be in the greatest danger, they added, as they are particularly vulnerable to the effects of organisms such as E.coli.
    Many of the bags for life are made from jute or woven polypropylene, helping to reduce the amount of so-called "virgin plastic" used in carrier bags by 40 per cent in just the last three years.

    But while they are better for the environment, the new research suggests they could be harmful to health if not cleaned regularly.
    Professor Charles Gerba, who led the study said: “Our findings suggest a serious threat to public health, especially from bacteria such as E.coli, which were detected in half of the bags sampled.
    “Consumers are alarmingly unaware of these risks and the critical need to sanitise their bags on a weekly basis.”
    A poll revealed 97 per cent of shoppers who used eco-friendly bags never washed or bleached them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AliceInWonderland View Post
    The Truth About Your Weight Gain

    Two out of three people in America today are either overweight or obese. That means every time you sit down in an airplane or a packed movie theater, more likely than not you’re going to wind up as the lean center of a fat sandwich. But as you look right and left and see nothing but heft, you can’t help but think, What happened?

    How did we all get so darn fat?

    Well, the simple answer is that we eat more calories. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that American men eat 7 percent more calories than they did in 1971; American women eat a whopping 18 percent more—an additional 335 calories a day! But the harder question is this: Why do we eat so many more calories? Are we suddenly more gluttonous? Do we have some kind of collective death wish? Is the entire country hellbent on qualifying for the next season of Biggest Loser?

    No. There’s an even crazier reason: It’s the food!

    We’ve added extra calories to traditional foods, often in cheap, mass-produced vehicles like high fructose corn syrup. These new freak foods are designed not by chefs, but by lab technicians packing every morsel with maximum calories at minimum cost—with little or no regard to dietary impact. Indeed, Eat This, Not That! 2011 has uncovered the truth about some of your favorite fast food and grocery store items and how they're causing you to pack on unnecessary pounds. It’s enough to kill your appetite, which—in these cases, anyway—would be a good thing.

    Bonus Tip: Don't miss our year-end walk down The Restaurant Hall of Shame: The 20 Worst Foods of 2010!

    THE FAST-FOOD HAMBURGER
    The great American staple. Don’t worry, burgers really do come from cows—but have you ever wondered how those giant chains process and distribute so much meat so cheaply? And . . . are you sure you want to know?

    The Truth: Most fast-food hamburger patties begin their voyage to your buns in the hands of a company called Beef Products. The company specializes in taking slaughterhouse trimmings—heads and hooves and the like—that are traditionally used only in pet food and cooking oil, and turning them into patties. The challenge is getting this byproduct meat clean enough for human consumption, as both E. coli and salmonella like to concentrate themselves in the fatty deposits.

    The company has developed a process for killing beef-based pathogens by forcing the ground meat through pipes and exposing it to ammonia gas—the same chemical you might use to clean your bathroom. Not only has the USDA approved the process, but it's also allowed those who sell the beef to keep it hidden from their customers. At Beef Products’ behest, ammonia gas has been deemed a “processing agent” that need not be identified on nutrition labels. Never mind that if ammonia gets on your skin, it can cause severe burning, and if it gets in your eyes, it can blind you. Add to the gross-out factor the fact that after moving through this lengthy industrial process, a single beef patty can consist of cobbled-together pieces from different cows from all over the world—a practice that only increases the odds of contamination.


    Eat This Instead: Losing weight starts in your own kitchen, by using the same ingredients real chefs have relied on since the dawn of the spatula. (Here are the 15 best dishes for quick and easy weight loss.) If you’re set on the challenge of eating fresh, single-source hamburger, pick out a nice hunk of sirloin from the meat case and have your butcher grind it up fresh. Hold the ammonia.

    BETTY CROCKER'S BAC-O BITS
    We’ve all been there before: A big bowl of lettuce or a steamy baked potato is set before us and the sudden desire for a bit of smoky, porky goodness pervades. We try to resist, but we grab for the bottle anyway: Mmmmm . . . bacon.

    The Truth: Not quite. If it’s Bac-Os you grab for, just know that there’s not the slightest whiff of anything pork-like to be found in the bottle. So what are those little chips you’ve been shaking over your salads? Well, mostly soybeans. The bulk of each Bac-O is formed by tiny clumps of soy flour bound with trans-fatty, partially hydrogenated soybean oil and laced with artificial coloring, salt, and sugar. The result is a product that’s actually less healthy for your heart than the real thing!

    Eat This Instead: Hormel makes a product called Real Bacon Bits, and as the name implies, it’s made with real bacon. And gram-for-gram, the real bacon actually has fewer calories than Betty Crocker’s Bac-Os. If Hormel can make a nutritionally superior product using real bacon, then why would you ever choose the artificial one that’s loaded with partially hydrogenated soybean oil?

    PREMADE GUACAMOLE
    When you buy bean dip, you expect it to be made from beans. And when you buy guacamole, it seems reasonable to expect it to be made from avocados. But is it?

    The Truth: Most guacamoles with the word “dip” attached to the label suffer from a lack of real avocado. Take Dean’s Guacamole, for example. This guacamole dip is composed of less than 2 percent avocado; the rest of the green goo is a cluster of fillers and chemicals, including modified food starch, soybean oils, locust bean gum, and food coloring. Dean’s is not alone in this offense. In fact, this avocado caper was brought to light when a California woman filed a lawsuit against Kraft after she noticed “it just didn’t taste avocadoey.”

    Eat This Instead: Avocados are loaded with fiber and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. Trading the good stuff in for a bunch of fillers is cheating both your belly and your tastebuds. Either look for the real stuff (Wholly Guacamole makes a great guac), or mash up a bowl yourself. Scoop out the flesh of two avocados, combine with two cloves of minced garlic, a bit of minced onion, the juice of one lemon, chopped cilantro, one medium chopped tomato, and a pinch of salt.

    Bonus Tip: Unlike packaged-food manufacturers, fast-food and sit-down restaurants don't typically rely on chemicals to enhance flavor. Instead, they pack in sugar and sodium, calorie counts be damned. Beware of The 10 Worst Fast Food Meals in America!

    FRUIT ON THE BOTTOM YOGURT
    It seems like the ideal breakfast or snack for a man or woman on the go—a perfect combination of yogurt and antioxidant-packed fruits, pulled together in one convenient little cup. But are these low-calorie dairy aisle staples really so good for you?

    The Truth: While the yogurt itself offers stomach-soothing live cultures and a decent serving of protein, the sugar content of these seemingly healthy products is sky-high. The fruit itself is swimming in thick syrup—so much of it, in fact, that high-fructose corn syrup (and other such sweeteners) often shows up on the ingredients list well before the fruit itself. And these low-quality refined carbohydrates are the last thing you want for breakfast—Australian researchers found that people whose diets were high in carbohydrates had lower metabolisms than those who ate proportionally more protein. Not to mention, spikes in your blood sugar can wreck your short-term memory, according to a study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Not what you need just before your urgent 9 a.m. meeting with the boss!

    Eat This Instead: Plain Greek-style yogurt, mixed with real blueberries.
    We like Oikos and Fage brands—they’re jacked with about 15 to 22 grams of belly-filling protein, so they’ll help you feel satisfied for longer. And blueberries are another great morning add—scientists in New Zealand found that when they fed blueberries to mice, the rodents ate 9 percent less at their next meal.

    Bonus Tip: Daily e-mails (or tweets) that contain weight-loss advice remind you of your goals and help you drop pounds, according to Canadian researchers. We're partial to our own Eat This, Not That! newsletter, and to the instant weight-loss secrets you'll get when you follow me on Twitter (twitter.com/davezinczenko).

    TURKEY BACON
    Pork bacon’s got a bad rap for wreaking havoc on your cholesterol. But is turkey bacon really any better? (oh shit! )

    The Truth: Stick with the pig. As far as calories go, the difference between “healthy” turkey bacon and “fatty” pig is negligible—and depending on the slice, turkey might sometimes tip the scales a touch more. Additionally, while turkey is indeed a leaner meat, turkey bacon isn’t made from 100 percent bird: One look at the ingredients list will show a long line of suspicious additives and extras that can’t possibly add anything of nutritional value. And finally, the sodium content of the turkey bacon is actually higher than what you’ll find in the kind that oinks—so if you’re worried about your blood pressure, opting for the original version is usually the smarter move.

    Eat This Instead: Regular bacon. We like Hormel Black Label and Oscar Mayer Center Cut bacon for some low-cal, low-additive options.

    REDUCED-FAT PEANUT BUTTER
    Nothing makes a PB&J feel less indulgent like a scoop of low-fat Jif. It’s low fat, so it must be better for you . . . right?

    The Truth: A tub of reduced-fat peanut butter indeed comes with a fraction less fat than the full-fat variety—they’re not lying about that. But what the food companies don’t tell you is that peanut oil—the fat in peanut butter—is a heart-healthy monounsaturated fat that can actually help fight weight gain, heart disease and diabetes! Instead, they’ve tried to cash in on the “low-fat” craze by replacing that healthy fat with maltodextrin, a carbohydrate used as a filler in many processed foods. This means you’re trading the healthy fat from peanuts for empty carbs, double the sugar, and a savings of a meager 10 calories.

    Eat This Instead: The real stuff: no oils, fillers, or added sugars. Just peanuts and salt. Smucker’s Natural fits the bill, as do many other peanut butters out there. We especially like Peanut Butter & Co. Original Smooth Operator and Original Crunch Time.


    Bonus Tip: The average American drinks 450 calories a day—a quarter of the calories you're supposed to consume during an entire day! Beware of The 20 Worst Drinks in America, 2010 Edition.

    um, no shit.
    seriously, how can fake bacon that comes in a jar and fake guacamole NOT be bad for you? who the hell actually thinks this shit is good for them?
    of course the best thing to do is buy food that is the least processed possible. and most low-fat and diet products are a scam, people. you do not need to buy reduced calorie peanut butter! just eat the real thing, but eat a normal amount, not half the jar. ditto for bacon - it's fine if you eat a bit as an occasional treat.
    you do not need to eat yoghurt that tastes like dessert, have a natural yoghurt (not danone or yoplait, that shit is just white paste) and throw some real fruit in. it might take a few days but eventually you'll get used to the level of sweetness as opposed to the syrupy industrial crap. and is it so hard to buy a couple of avocados, mash them up in a bowl and throw in some salt, pepper, lemon juice and cumin and make your own guac? it will take a couple of minutes longer than opening the jar of fake crap and taste about a million times better.
    i'm surprised they didn't mention all the store-bought shitty salad dressings. the normal ones are full of fat and the low-fat ones are full of sugar. and they all taste like shit. just use olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper (and maybe a little mustard) and you can have your own delicious and healthy vinaigrette.
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    Ha, I love the Britain vs. Canada vs. USA thing going on here as to which other country has the worst conditions (though I'm going to contribute in a minute).

    As for the weight problem in the US, I think it's overhyped. I live in New England, so we're not as overweight as Mississippi or any or those states, but I've spent some time in the south and it's not that bad where I've been. Honestly, the 2/3 thing is complete crap, and I say that as an American who is surrounded by Americans everyday. Yes, a good percentage of us are fat. But what's funny is that Germany has the exact same level as America (66%), and Britain is very close behind. And there's plenty others that are getting fat.
    I admit, food here has declined. There's a lot of processed and chemically enhanced food, as well as salt-filled fast food. It really does get scary to think about what some people are eating, especially when it's marketed as healthy. And there's so much laziness, too. But, the big companies aren't forcing us to eat their crap and not move. That's all on us. But I know a lot of people that are opening their eyes and getting healthier. I think I even read somewhere that the overweight rate of people is going down because we're getting more health conscience.

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    preach it Sput!!

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    ^^^
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    Quote Originally Posted by witchcurlgirl View Post
    ^ Yes but you can get healthy regular yogurt even if the protien is lower than greek style. I really like greek yogurt and eat it daily, but not everyone likes the taste. The price is comparable to organic yogurt, about $1 per serving.

    I stick to Stonyfield Farms, Brown Cow or Cascade for regular yogurt. Most mass produced yogurt is crap, full of artificial stuff. Dannon, Columbo, Yoplait, etc. It's junk.
    have you ever checked the sugar content of stoneyfield? 32grams of sugar. more than an ice cream bar.
    so id rather eat light and fit with 11grams of sugar than stoneyfield crap
    organic doesnt equal sugar free.

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    ^^^
    why not buy the stonyfield plain organic yogurt (11g of sugars) and add your own fruit?
    i stay away from all fruit yogurts because they all have added sugar, and the diet ones taste like aspartame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SunShine23 View Post
    have you ever checked the sugar content of stoneyfield? 32grams of sugar. more than an ice cream bar.
    so id rather eat light and fit with 11grams of sugar than stoneyfield crap
    organic doesnt equal sugar free.


    Of course I've checked, I read all my food labels. Like Sput said - plain stonyfield yogurt has low sugar. I primarily eat greek plain yogurt- Fage 8g of sugar. I add my own fruit.

    I don't eat sugar free anything, I feel there's nothing wrong with a little real sugar. I feel there's nothing wrong with a little real anything. But I don't use artificial sweeteners. I wouldn't touch one with a ten foot pole. I'd even eat the ice cream bar you mentioned, as long it was made with real ingredients and not full of chemicals.

    I don't eat solely organic, but I'm of a Mediterranean background and was raised eating fresh foods, with as little artificial crap in it as possible.
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    this thread makes me hungry for greek yogurt.
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    me too. gonna have some right now.

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    I love me some artificial sweeteners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ang View Post
    this thread makes me hungry for greek yogurt.
    Me too and I am not allowed any. stupid lactose intolerance. I was more than happy to give up milk but I thought yogurt was ok and would eat if for breakfast almost every day. Turns out I was wrong. I'm much better now that I don't eat any but I do miss it.

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    Is there such thing as lactose-free Greek yogurt or lactose-free yogurt in general?

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