Mechanically separated meat

Not the first time I have had this conversation with someone.

I recently met up with an old friend at the grocery store, as we started walking and talking through the store, he picked up a package of hot dogs. Not one to turn my nose up at the food choice, it was the type of hot dogs that had me squirming. It was a package of mechanically separated hot dogs. When I inquired about his choice in the quality of hot dogs he was buying, he did not understand what I was asking
. I took this as an opportunity to educate him about mechanically separated meat (msm).

I proceeded to show him the difference in ingredients. Better quality hot dogs begin their ingredient listing with the type of meat used; beef, chicken or pork (no mechanically separated meat).

Better quality hot dogs are made with few ingredients that are easily recognizable. Another indicator of meat versus msm, is price. Hot dogs made with real meat, tend to be higher priced at least $2-$4 more than their msm counterparts.

So, what is mechanically separated meat?
Mechanically separated meats or msm is a paste-like product produced by forcing beef, pork, turkey or chicken under high pressure through a sieve or similar device to separate the bone, veins, marrow and giblets from the the edible meat tissue (courtesy. of MSM).

It is used in meat and meat products such as hot dogs, bologna and chicken nuggets.

Why this is done is because it allows companies to use previously wasted material to derive meat products and to sell them to consumers at a lower price. Cheap food = cheap prices. This is not a win for the consumer as you save a few dollars in the short term and compromise on health in the long run. There are many people in their 20s and 30s currently experiencing health conditions that are related to poor food choices. Conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes and infertility. The long run is a relative term.

A few dollars in savings is not worth a lifetime of ill health and discomfort.

Jamie Oliver explaining to American children the process of mechanically separated meat.

Myra Aso

Your Health In Your Hands. Naturally.


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