Thursday, June 18, 2015

Get Ready for Spam Snacks and Other Hormel Treats

How About Jennie-O Turkey Breast Sticks?

Cannot find the ingredients anywhere on the web for these products. I wonder why?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

GM cows to produce beef that make more omega-3s

Chinese scientists have successfully reared beef cattle rich in the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA - which are traditionally associated with fish oils. Scientists introduced a gene known as fat1 into fetal cells from Luxi Yellow cattle. The gene, which was isolated from a nematode worm, codes for desaturase enzymes that are involved in the conversion of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids.
Writing in Biotechnology Letters, the team reveal that introducing the fat1 gene to cattle increased the levels of beneficial oils by over five times.

Steve: We are staying way away from this one until it is rigorously tested in human trials and is out on the market for several years.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Big Food "Scrambling" Because of Egg Shortage

With the avian fly wiping out a significant portion of the chickens in the midwest, Big Food is looking for alternatives. One product they are turning to is Hampton Creek's Just Mix, which is a vegan egg substitute. Here's the issue: the ingredients for this product are not listed anywhere, even on the company's website. We have not gotten a response to our inquiry.

If you have severe allergies, make sure you ask any food preparers if they are using real eggs or egg substitutes. Also, look at labels of packaged food because the label you ae used to seeing may change in short order!

New milk variety hits US shelves