Puffed up Pigs – Looking at Ractopamine

If you’ve never heard of ractopamine, you’re not alone.  Ractopamine is a beta-agonist, a drug that most pigs are given to get them to bulk up, put on weight, and put on more muscle instead of fat.  You won’t find it on the labels.  It’s a “hidden” factor in pork production that is suddenly coming to consumer awareness.  The FDA says it’s safe.  We’ve been consuming puffed up pork since 1999.  But safety regulators in Europe, China, Russia and other countries haven’t approved it, saying there’s not enough evidence that it’s safe.

You can possibly find ractopamine-free pork from organic and natural pork producers.  But since the drug hasn’t been included on labeling, it’s pretty hard to know.  One pork producer who does not use the drug has struggled to get his pork label – “Ractopamine free” – approved by the FDA.

What’s sad about this topic is the effect it has on us as consumers.  Why does eating healthy always have to cost more?  Pork producers are no different than any other industry.  It’s all about the money.  And if consumers are willing to pay more for ractopamine-free pork, the industry will get on the band-wagon.  Sad but true.

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Low-fat Diets vs. Low-carb Diets

This article claims that low-fat beats low-carb.

Confusing? Yes!  The real answer is if you are on a carb diet you will never be satisfied. Always hungry . However in a high  fat diet you’ll will be satisfied and not hungry. The answer is Leptin, the hormone that turns off the switch to full. It’s what they don’t tell you that’s important, not what they do tell you. Is America fat and sick or thin and healthy.

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Take the Carb Quiz

From 11 Clues You’re Eating Too Many Carbs

  1. Do you gain weight easily when your diet includes a lot of “healthy” carbs such as whole grains, legumes, fresh fruit?
  2. Do you feel tired or sleepy shortly after consuming carbohydrates?
  3. Do you feel foggy-headed after meals?
  4. Do you frequently crave sweets?
  5. Do you frequently crave starchy foods?
  6. Do you have a difficult time controlling how much sugar or carbs you eat?
  7. Does your weight fluctuate easily?
  8. Do you have dramatic energy ups and downs throughout the day?
  9. Do you feel light-headed or irritable when you’re hungry?
  10. Do you tend to gain weight in your face and around your abdomen, more so than on your hips and thighs?
  11. Do you turn to sweets or carbs when you’re feeling anxious, tired, or depressed?

If you answered “yes” to three or more of these questions, you may be eating more carbs than your system can handle or process efficiently.

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