I was at Walmart yesterday at the meat section. Sometimes I purchase large bags of chicken for Puzzle there. They have a handy 10-lb bag of fresh chicken quarters that sells for a bargain. I cannot recall the exact price but I believe the whole bag sells for around $7. It is fully sealed, so I just pop it into my knapsack after purchasing it, bring it home, then, after I get home on the bus, I divide it up and freeze it as separate packages.
I rarely buy meat for me. On occasion I have purchased organic chicken. Yesterday I was thinking of buying some. Another customer was looking at the packages, reading the labels right beside me. She muttered under her breath that every single one contained a ridiculous amount of sodium! Say what! I told her that I, too, was concerned about sodium, and that I avoided breaded and seasoned meats for that reason. However, she said that even the plain, unadulterated “organic” meats contained added sodium because, she explained, “They use tenderizers they don’t list on the label.”
I started reading every label on every package of “organic” chicken. Yup. Every package has been pre-adulterated. I don’t think the chicken, by itself, contains 130mg sodium per portion, but that is exactly what it says on the label! I think she is right! Organic? Okay, they salted it with “organic” salt, right? How organic is organic?
That I know of (this verified by someone who works at the local health food store) the organic seal is paid for by the farmers or by the company the packages the food. Smaller farmers, she says, can’t afford the fancy “organic” label and so they don’t pay for it, but they might still be selling organic food. The best way to know is to purchase from a farmer you know and trust. Or grow food yourself.
Is “organic” becoming an economic issue? A status issue even? Is it like the BBB, which gives an A to businesses that pay dues to the BBB?
A serving of chicken should contain about 60 mg of sodium on its own, certainly no more, and it does also contain potassium. Looks like the FDA has allowed food companies to pump up meats with broth, making them weigh more. So they make more money. This SHOULD be notated on the label. I have see some labels mention “broth” and I stay away. I will not purchase broth-meat for Puzzle either. If it contains “batter” I run even faster away. The package I buy for Puzzle says “meat” only. But who knows……Can we trust anything at all?
Is the FDA really looking out for our health? Or, is it looking out for the pocketbooks of Big Ag? (I’m told that if I use terms such as Big Ag and Big Pharma I might come off as a little big wacko. But I am.)
Can we trust ANY food? Maybe we should just not eat anymore. Go off into cabins in the woods somewhere and pray to our dogs all day. Will that work?