Sunday, July 17, 2011

15 Food Companies That Serve You 'Wood'

A Taco Bell fast food restaurant on El Camino ...                                Image via WikipediaMiriam Reimer, The Street on Before It's News:

The recent class-action lawsuit brought against Taco Bell raised questions about the quality of food many Americans eat each day.

Chief among those concerns is the use of cellulose (read: wood pulp), an extender whose use in a roster of food products, from crackers and ice creams to puddings and baked goods, is now being exposed. What you're actually paying for - and consuming - may be surprising.

Cellulose is virgin wood pulp that has been processed and manufactured to different lengths for functionality, though use of it and its variant forms (cellulose gum, powdered cellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, etc.) is deemed safe for human consumption, according to the FDA, which regulates most food industry products.

The government agency sets no limit on the amount of cellulose that can be used in food products meant for human consumption. The USDA, which regulates meats, has set a limit of 3.5% on the use of cellulose, since fiber in meat products cannot be recognized nutritionally.

"As commodity prices continue to rally and the cost of imported materials impacts earnings, we expect to see increasing use of surrogate products within food items. Cellulose is certainly in higher demand and we expect this to continue," Michael A. Yoshikami, chief investment strategist at YCMNet Advisors, told TheStreet.

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  1. Horrible, but there are far worse things in our food than wood pulp these days :D

  2. Lena, I agree with you - but I also think that we need to know about it. These companies should be held responsible for what they put in food, and the public need to be aware of all the rubbish that goes into their food and start boycotting, and changing their diet.