To wash it all down, a cola, perhaps. Cola: the syrupy danger drink that many nutritionists blame for more heart disease in this country than any other single food.
There are other American favorites. There’s the hot dog. Loaded with sodium nitrite, one of America’s inadvertently most consumed “foods” a preservative that, under laboratory conditions, has been shown to form a new chemical compound, nitrasomine, which (according to a recent New York Times [April 8, 1973] article), once it hits the stomach, it is one of the most powerful cancer-causing agents yet discovered. And yet sodium nitrite hangs right in there.
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In that hot dog, in you. While the world wonders about cancer cures.
And, of course, the hot dog hasn’t been singled out. Most cured meats have been preserved with the stuff. Bacon is one of the most liberally loaded. Just check the labels. In fact, if you check almost any label as we are going to hammer home to you, over and over again as something you must learn to do you’ll probably be horrified. When you’ve learned to read labels, you’ll have a lot better idea as to what you’ve been eating.
Fortunately, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is coming to our rescue. At last. It seems to me and this is only my own personal opinion that they have been incredibly lax in keeping America healthy.
For example, did you know that the FDA actually has guidelines on what makes dirty food? And that those guidelines actually permit five pellets of rodent excrement per 13A ounces of cornmeal (if they show up in 20 percent of the samples) before they consider it polluted.
In peanut butter, you can get up to fifty insect fragments or two rodent hairs (which probably enter via fecal pellets, according to a recent report in Consumer Reports) per 3Vi ounces of peanut butter before the FDA steps in and yells “dirty.”
As Consumer Reports puts it, in March 1972 after much prodding from consumers and legislators who thought the public might like to know what comprised “filth” in the eyes of the FDA, they revealed these figures for the first time. Says CU, “The menu all these years, the consumer learned, included a stomach-churning assortment of insect parts and larvae, fish cysts, mold, rot, rodent hair, and excrement.” And all this courtesy of the same government agency that is taking steps to restrict the sale of vitamins. To me, it’s pretty contradictory.