Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

Beef, To Eat Or Not To Eat

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on March 13, 2012 ][ In Medical and Health Information ]

There has been a lot of bad publicity for the beef industry in the last week and if you missed it, I’m here to fill you in.  First, Diane Sawyer exposed that as much as 70% of ground beef in the U.S. contains pink slime, a filler once used only for dog food.  Hamburger patties contain as much as 25% of pink slime.  Pink slime is made from the waste trimmings from the cow, fat and connective tissue, which is simmered at a low temperature, spun in a centrifuge and then mixed with ground beef.  Oh, I left out the part where they spray it with ammonia to kill the bacteria.  I don’t know about you, but I use ammonia to clean with, not spray on my food for that bit of extra flavor.

The USDA has said that pink slime is “meat” so it doesn’t have to appear on the label.  The only way to be sure you aren’t serving up slime and ammonia to your children is to buy USDA organic beef which is pure meat, no fillers.  Interestingly enough, the USDA official who approved pink slime later took a job with the beef industry and made a hefty salary.  The former USDA scientist who exposed pink slime to the world says that pink slime is not nutritious and does not buy beef at any store.  The beef industry uses pink slime to increase their bottom line and doesn’t have your health in mind at this point.

Then just last night, Diane Sawyer again hammered the beef industry with further bad news.  A new study shows that eating a serving a day of red meat greatly shortens your life span.  Eating red meat can raise your risk of premature death by 12%, your risk of heart disease by 16 % and your risk of certain cancers by 10 %.  Keep in mind that a serving is about the size of a deck of cards and that the average serving of beef is several times that size.  In fact, Americans eat an average of 120 pounds of beef each year.  Processed meats such as hot dogs, lunch meat and bacon are even worse.

I hope this makes you think.  Our family eats very little red meat.  I substitute ground turkey in almost everything such as spaghetti and meatloaf.  My family has never complained and guests never seem to notice.  Before I knew of the health risks of beef, I didn’t really like the taste and few people can make beef inedible like I can.  So we have long since eaten a healthier diet of chicken, fish and some pork and I encourage you to do the same.

Dr. Richard Besser of ABC news encourages people to eat no more than two servings of beef a week.  If President Clinton, once famous for his love of hamburgers and other “bad” food can turn into a vegan, you can learn to eat better too.  He became a vegan after his experience with heart disease and a quadruple bypass.  He says he feels better on a diet of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.  I bet he does.  I know I feel better now that I eat more salads and less heavy meals myself.  So do soul searching.  Do you really want that steak now or that hamburger?

Upadated on March 13, 2012


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