Healthy Processed Meat Is Bologna

We all in one way or another had a bologna sandwich on white bread and mustard. Yum! Takes you right back to grammar school instantly. What you don’t know can kill you though! We can’t blame our parents for not being conscious of what they were really feeding us but we can blame ourselves if we don’t educate ourselves and UN-learn some of the things our parents taught us. They just didn’t know better but we do! I’m a vegan but I won’t tell you why I think you shouldn’t eat processed meat. Instead I will just list the ingredients that can be found on the package of your favorite lunch meat. One of America’s favorite processed meats is Hot dogs! You can find them in almost every corner of most cities.

Oscar Meyer bologna’s ingredients for Beef Franks - Beef, Water, Contains Less Than 2% of Salt, Corn Syrup, Dextrose, Sodium Lactate, Flavor, Hydrolyzed Beef Stock, Sodium Phosphates, Autolyzed Yeast, Sodium Diacetate, Sodium Erythobate (Made From Sugar), Sodium Nitrite and Extractives of Paprika.

Ok let’s start with beef. Um…. What part of the cow? Who knows? Don’t ask questions, we just call it beef. They know we don’t ask too many questions so they only state the obvious. It takes too long to explain to the consumer anyway. The ones that care to know can research it right? Nutritional facts of beef include protein, cholesterol, fat, calories, a little iron and pretty much nothing else. No vitamin B which is one of the reasons why most people consume red meats. Then we have water and less than 2% of salt which equals extra sodium that we can do without. Corn syrup which is sugar that turns into fat. Dextrose is another word for glucose which is sugar. Wow, sugar is listed twice? Sodium Lactate is a preservative made from the fermentation of Lactic Acid and used for flavoring. Flavor? Isn’t it already flavored by our mystery beef? Legally they’re not required to list seasonings used. Whether it’s natural or artificial flavorings they can all be listed as “flavors”. If it is a flavor from an animal then they have to list what animal it comes from. Hydrolyzed beef stock is a fancy word for the breakdown of amino acids. For example, MSG is also known as the sodium salt of glutamic acid. Glutamic acid is one of the building blocks of protein. Hydrolyzed proteins have been chemically broken apart into amino acids. The chemical breakdown of proteins may result in the formation of free glutamate that joins with free sodium to form MSG. So technically speaking it’s “not” MSG, it’s only the things that make MSG if put together. Little bit of a riddle isn’t it? Why can’t it all just be reader proof? Labeling is required when MSG is added as a direct ingredient. Sodium phosphate, Sodium Diacetate and Sodium Nitrate are other forms of salts used for more flavoring and more preserving. Sodium Erythobate is (made from sugar) and used as a preservative for the pink coloring. Now, although there isn’t MSG listed autolyzed yeast is used in its place. They are both used for the same reason and can cause the same allergic reaction for those that can’t consume MSG. When salt and yeast is mixed it becomes in active yeast also known as Autolyzed Yeast. I suggest looking a little deeper into it just so you can have a better understanding. Then you can make the decision on what you want to ingest into your own body. We are what we eat but I don’t think by eating preservatives we will preserve our own bodies.

By: elmer7230a