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How to Avoid Pink Slime in Burgers

Why Pink Slime Is About More Than Burgers

We are excited to share one of our fave stories from Shape here on FitSugar.

Yes, pink slime is gross. No one wants to think about anything being in their burger except actual meat. But the huge controversy may be about more than just pink slime.

The biggest concern with pink slime is that we're buying (or eating) a product and we don't exactly know what it's made of, says Prescott Frost, a champion of sustainable agriculture and a rancher and producer of organic, 100 percent grass-fed beef.

"I'd have to say that the controversy over pink slime is a reaction to corporate farming, and the reaction is a natural one to our concerns about corporate farming and big agriculture," Frost says. "Every day we become more and more aware of their effects on our daily lives, whether it is the food we eat, the environment we live in, or the way we treat our animals."

Find out how to avoid pink slime in red meat after the break!

Pink slime makes sense for big companies because it essentially uses beef trimmings to bulk up ground beef. Once only used in dog food and cooking oil, these trimmings are sprayed with ammonia so they are safe to eat and added to most ground beef as a cheaper filler. Frost says this practice is ubiquitous because "it's gravy" for big agriculture.

"Few in our country today are comfortable with the way our food is being produced," he says. "Pink slime is just one more — perhaps a more glaring example — of something we all know is going on and few of us know how to solve."

If you'd like to avoid eating and buying ground beef with pink slime in it, Frost recommends going directly to the rancher and buying organic. Furthermore, stay informed and educated on food practices and use your dollars to show the industry what you want and what you will pay for: safe, healthy food.

Do you buy organic ground beef? Will you buy it to avoid pink slime? Tell us about it!

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Mindy1986 Mindy1986 4 years
Or we could simply avoid high fat beef and opt for healthier, lower fat options like flax seed and wild caught salmon.
Elaine-DiRico Elaine-DiRico 4 years
I'm a Nutritional Therapist in Austin, Texas.  We know beef in Texas, and organic is the way to go.  With my clients and my family, I push not only organic but also grass fed, and ideally, going to a farmer's market and meeting the rancher.  Beef is big money and as the cliche says, that is always a temptation to abuse.  The grass fed is important as well.  Grains cause the same diseases and obesity problems in cattle that it does in humans- neither is equipped to digest them.  But let a steer wander around, grazing on a big variety of grasses, and acting as a living Vitamin D2 processor, and their meat is as high in the beautiful Omega 3 fatty acids as salmon.  Plus the variety in their diet also gives us the variety of minerals.  The trick with healthy diet is always to eat nutritionally dense foods!
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