Shocking Food Facts Revealed

By: Karen Morfitt Email
By: Karen Morfitt Email

How often do you think about what's in the food you're buying?
Do you wonder what’s really inside your peanut butter, maybe how fresh the meat is you just bought?

Well wonder no more. Consumer Reports magazine wants all of us to know exactly what we're getting, with a list of the top 10 food shockers.

Your food has bugs in it.

According to Consumer Reports, the Food and Drug Administration sets tolerance levels for what they call natural defects.

That means they allow a certain number of insects into products. An example, a 24-ounce container of cornmeal can have up to 13 insects.

Pasta, peanut butter, nuts, coffee beans and dried beans are also on the list.

That meat might not be as fresh as it looks.

Many supermarkets sell ground beef and steaks packaged with gas that keeps it looking fresh, when actually it may already be spoiled.

To avoid getting an already bad cut, ask the butcher for a custom cut and pay close attention to the sell by date.

You are what you eat, including the packaging.

According to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention we all have a hint of Bisphenol A in our body, a potentially harmful chemical.

Consumer Reports magazine says most plastic bottles contain that chemical, as well as the lining in cans of food.

You could be eating clones, or drinking their milk.

The FDA does not require manufacturers to label products that contain genetically engineered plant material or on meat or milk from cloned animals.

Fortified foods can be too much of a good thing.

It’s easy to overdo it on nutrients when you eat a fortified food. One example: most Americans get plenty of protein in their regular diet but makers of protein drinks would like you to think you need more. Often consuming too much protein can be a health risk.

That chicken was a carnivore.

Livestock feed can include things like cow meat and bones. The feed is often given to pigs and chicken even farmed fish.

Labels Mislead.
Some labels can outsmart even careful shoppers. Natural products may contain high-fructose corn syrup. Whole-grain cereal could lack fiber, which is often the reason for eating whole grains.

Artificial dyes banned in other countries are common in the U.S.

Other countries have asked manufacturers to stop using synthetic dyes. Often those countries require food containing them to have a warning to consumers that the food may have an effect on activity and attention in children.

Meat sludge is on the menu.

A lot of processed foods or mechanically separated meats are mixed with sodium preservatives and flavorings. Consumer Reports magazine says the meat goo will be modified before being shaped into hot dogs or chicken patties.

You might be buying fake food.

Consumer Reports magazine says some of the seemingly healthy products you buy have fake ingredients.

For instance when you see a cereal that promises a bowl full of blueberries, read the fine print, often it contains no real fruit.


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  • by what? on Jun 2, 2011 at 12:34 PM
    So, did Consumer Reports write this story and we are getting the regurgitated version? Did the reporter do any extra research locally or nationally? This is not professional journalism, it's a 3rd grade book report!
  • by Sarah Location: CS on Jun 2, 2011 at 10:34 AM
    How often do you think about what's in the food **your** buying? It's YOU'RE not YOUR - you know, a contraction of YOU and ARE.
  • by thanks for nothing on Jun 2, 2011 at 08:51 AM
    I too wondered what the point of this story is, other than to gross us out and make us feel bad. KKTV gives us no resolution to this problem! What can we do as consumers to lessen this disgusting burden? Don't tell us all this bad news with no information or ideas on how to remedy it!
  • by Spiral719 on Jun 2, 2011 at 08:29 AM
    @ME: I am a single mother of 2 kids, making not much more than minimum wage. I only shop at Whole Foods and the organic section at King Soopers. You CAN do it. We cut out junk and choose healthy options instead. We buy very minimal processed foods, never eat fast food (or go out to eat for that matter) and don't eat meat. What we save on those expenses I use towards my "healthy" groceries. It can be done- but it might not for everyone. Most Americans do not realize how unhealthy artificial dyes are, not to mention all of the chemicals and artificial additives in processed foods and meats. I will never condemn anyone's food choices- as they are the one who has to live with the negative effects it has on their health. But please don't blow off making healthy food choices. It is unfortunate that eating junk is much easier and cheaper than eating proper food, but it CAN be done. Peace to you. (And it is news because these huge corrupt food giants will minimize or deny what other parts of the world generally recognize about artificial ingredients.)
  • by Denise Location: Southern CO on Jun 2, 2011 at 08:03 AM
    Interesting and scary for people who eat a lot of processed foods. My family is a beef producer. If you by beef from the farm, you know the cattle are eating grass and hay grown right there on the farm. Back in the day of our grand fathers and the lifestyle of the Indians, does anyone recall that grain was ground using rock tools outside of the tents in the elements with bugs swirling around. These people lived long healthy lives - no preservatives, no artifical containers and no factory processing. Think about this.
  • by Me on Jun 2, 2011 at 06:50 AM
    Why are you making this news?? As if they average American can afford a 1/2 cow to put in their freezer, like we can afford to shop at whole foods, like we can afford the exorbitant prices of cow shares here in Colorado. Yeah, make us all aware we are eating awful things at a time we can't afford the good stuff, thanks kktv.
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