10 scary truths about some foods you eat

The ways and ingredients with which some foods are produced are capable of surprising more than one. This is shown in a list prepared by the website Listverse.com based on the book titled "A Thousand and One Facts That Will Scare You About Food."

According to a report in the electronic wine publication New York Cork Report, a considerable amount of wines contain remains of insects, waste and other animals. It happens that grapes are usually squeezed and processed without being previously cleaned, so this drink includes a little of that.

Only the most specialized and careful producers have equipment to clean the grapes before crushing them, so they are able to eliminate up to 99 percent of the insects and debris present in that fruit. In any case, one percent of that foreign mixture is subtracted from the official components of the wines.

More than 90 percent of apples, peaches and strawberries contain traces of pesticides, even after washing and peeling them. This is established by the Foodnews.org website based on studies carried out between 2000 and 2008 by the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Federal Food and Drug Administration.

Bluefin tuna, also known as bluefin tuna, has higher levels of mercury than those recommended for human consumption. This is reported by the electronic newspaper Elmundo.es based on data published in the scientific journal Biology Letters. This type of tuna is the most common in sushi of Japanese origin.

70 percent of chickens raised in the United States ingest arsenic as an antibiotic approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This was established in a report published in 2006 by The New York Times. Arsenic is a carcinogen. In addition, it promotes the appearance of diabetes, heart disease and mental disorders.

Even worse is knowing that much of the arsenic ingested by chickens goes directly to their waste, which, in turn, is used as fertilizer on the land where other, theoretically healthier, foods are grown.

Only 16 percent of organic foods are produced by small farmers. The rest are grown by the same large companies that distribute common foods.

Additionally, these foods contain similar amounts of animal waste. The solution suggested by Listverse.com is to purchase food from local farmers or grow it yourself.

A quarter of the American population eats at McDonald's, once a day. Most nutritionists recommend doing this once a month. What will be the average number of Mexicans who eat daily or several times a month at this fast food chain?

Low fat does not equal low calorie. When fat is removed from certain foods, artificial flavorings and ingredients are commonly added that contain even more calories than the removed fats. Therefore, it is best to compare the contents of both presentations: natural and low in fat.

Would you sweeten your coffee with cow bones? You probably do it and don't know it. One of the methods to refine white cane sugar is to pass it through a filter made from charred bones of animals such as cows. That's why some vegetarians avoid refined sugar, reports the organization's website. International Vegetarian Union (IVU, for its acronym in English).

The hormone rBGH is artificially developed to promote the growth of cows and increase their milk production. Its use is prohibited in most developed countries, except the United States, because it increases the risk of breast cancer and hormonal disorders in people.

Boshingtang is a Korean stew made with dog meat. The dogs used for human consumption are called "tonke" or yellow dogs and are raised on farms in rural areas. Dog meat is fourth in Korean preferences, after beef, pork and chicken. This is reported by the Argentine newspaper La Nación.

The 10 least healthy foods and their consequences

Soft drinks, donuts and French fries top this list of foods that are inappropriate for the body. Contrary to what one would believe, soy and light products are also part of this list.

Australian health consultant Sarah Luck published a list of the unhealthiest food products on the nutrition website The-natural-health-hub.com. Among them, refined vegetable oils and fructose stand out. Here we present them to you along with the reasons that make them of little benefit to the body.

French fries and fries. An advertisement for the British Heart Foundation shows a girl drinking a splash of oil and claims: "What goes in your chips goes into your body." He also adds that these products are made up of 33 percent oil. As if that were not enough, a study from Harvard University has linked the consumption of French fries and fried foods to female infertility.

Margarine. This name designates the "different types of fats, of both animal and vegetable origin, used to replace butter." Its production begins with oil and uses milk, salt and emulsions, in addition to a complex chemical procedure during which the natural fats in the oil are converted into unsaturated fats.

In much of the world, its sale under the name butter is prohibited. Although the latter can provide excess fat and calories, it is significantly healthier than margarine.

refined vegetable oils. Unfortunately, this includes most cooking oils sold in supermarkets. It happens that the cheapest way to extract oils is at high temperatures and includes degumming with phosphoric acid, neutralization with caustic soda, discolorations and deodorizations.

All of this results in mixtures that, when decomposed, produce toxic substances, such as acrolein. The consumption of these oils has been linked to the incidence of cancer, allergies and heart disease, among other ailments. Only unrefined vegetable oils are free of these drawbacks.

boxed cereals. An investigation by Consumers International, a global consumer association, points out: "A global study shows alarming levels of sugar and salt in many cereals from the two most important brands in this sector, especially those aimed at children."

Dr. Peter Dingle, author of the book "My Dog Eats Better Than Your Kids," says fast food hamburgers are a better food than breakfast cereal. The Westonprice organization, dedicated to researching nutrition issues, also disapproves of them because of their exaggerated processing.

Refreshing drinks. Except for those of natural origin, most drinks of this type include something like ten teaspoons of sugar, equivalent to about 150 calories. Other ingredients may include artificial colors and flavors, caffeine and treated water. The case of diet sodas is not much more hopeful.

Donuts. According to Carla Wolper, a nutritionist at the New York Obesity Research Center, "the only healthy thing about a donut is the hole in the center." They are also made up of sugar, yeast, flour, oil, artificial flavors and colorings.

Aspartame. Used as a calorie-free sweetener in many diet products, this product is a neurotoxin composed of three ingredients: aspartic acid, phenylalanine and methanol, capable of altering the central nervous system. Its consumption can cause migraines, tremors, loss of vision, chest pains, asthma, arthritis, diarrhea, vertigo, fatigue and brain tumors, among other conditions.

Soy or soy protein. "Raw soybeans contain numerous anti-nutrients. While processing can reduce them, it does not eliminate them," states health website The-natural-health-club.com. Its negative aspects include being an anticoagulant, preventing the assimilation of magnesium, in addition to having anti-thyroid properties, causing hormonal alterations.

Fructose and sucrose. Dr. Robert Lustig, professor of pediatric endocrinology at the University of California, describes fructose as "alcohol without the drunkenness." Such is the damage it produces to the liver. Other consequences include weight gain, gout, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

The case of sucrose is no better, since it is made up of 50 percent fructose and 50 percent glucose. It is naturally present in fruits, so they should not be consumed in an exaggerated way. Especially, whole fruits should be preferred over fruit juices.

Light, low-fat and diet foods. Many of them contain aspartame, others include fructose or sucrose. But in addition to this, it is a fact that the loss of fat and sugar makes foods more tasteless. To counteract this and make these products match the taste of naturally fatty and sugary ones, unhealthy amounts of artificial flavorings, colors and sweeteners are used. www.ecoportal.net

Hector Fabricio Flores - February 2011 - http://de10.com.mx