Sausage. Once upon a time, when my son was still a toddler, I would feed him breakfast sausage thinking that I was doing something good. I thought, ‘he is a growing boy, protein is good for building muscles and fat is good for the developing brain.’ Oh, if I knew then…I hope that everyone is enjoying the daily salad that we added to your diet in week one, I know I am! Week Two is all about giving up the sausage (don’t be naughty!) Sausage and all processed meat products are unhealthy. They are full of fat, chemicals and toxic additives. They may taste great to you now, but after you have gone a while without them, you will wonder what you ever saw in them.
In preparation for writing this I googled the ingredient list for sausage (I couldn’t find a specific list of animal body parts used in processed meats, but I think it is safe to assume it is not the highest quality meat). I followed the sausage links (pun intended) and what I found is that most store bought sausages contain most, if not all of the following: amesphous, corn syrup solids, curing salts, powdered dextrose, encapsulated citric acid, fat replacer, fermento, gelatin, glucono-delta-lactone, monosodium glutimate (MSG), non-fat dairy milk, sodium nitrites, potassium sorbate, salt, sodium ascorbate or sodium erythorbate, soy protein concentrate, sucrose, trehalose, water and soy protein isolate. Remember, that on food labels, ingredients such as these can sometimes hide under innocent sounding names like ‘flavoring’, ‘spices’ and ‘salts’. If you are anything like me, you have no idea what most of this is or does. Needless to say, I went back to google to figure out what some of these ingredients are, and what they do to the human body.
amesphos- is a phosphate blend used to maintain fresh taste, increase tenderness and juiciness, reduce loss of meat fluids and promote color development. Phosphates can be deadly to people with kidney disease and can cause damage to people with normal kidney function.
corn syrup solids- are a powdered form of high fructose corn syrup, which is a highly processed sweetener. Consumption of refined sugars of all kinds can lead to weight gain, obesity, diabetes, chronic inflammation and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
trehalose- a crystalline disaccharide that is found in various organisms (fungi and insects) that is about half as sweet as sucrose and sometimes used as a sweetener in commercially prepared foods (origin- international scientific vocabulary- trehala, a sweet substance constituting the pupal covering of the beetle. yum! sounds like witch’s brew, not food… beetle juice, cow eyeballs and pig hooves…so mote it be.
monosodium glutimate- is classified as an excitotoxin. US govt. research determined that consumption of MSG can have the following side effects: burning sensation in the back of neck, forearms and chest; numbness in the back of neck, radiating to arms and back; tingling, warmth and weakness in the face, temples, upper back, neck and arms; facial pressure or tightness; chest pain; headache; nausea; rapid heartbeat; difficulty breathing; drowsiness; weakness. Sounds like a good time, right?
sodium nitrite-that is used to enhance color and prevent bacteria growth in packaged meat products are a cancer promoting additive. a substance that form a variety of nitrosamine compounds that once ingested into the human bloodstream cause damage to internal organs including the pancreas and liver. The USDA tried to ban this product in the 1970’s but was vetoed by the food manufactures, claiming there was no other preservative that would work for packaged meats. Side of cancer with your breakfast anyone?
I would also like to mention that sausage is full of fat, and as the fat is where we (both humans and animals) store toxins, along with the fat you will be eating all the toxins that the animal has consumed. This includes the growth hormones they are injected with, the antibiotics that factory farm animals are routinely fed as well as all the pesticides that are on and in the corn and grains used to feed the animals that will be made into sausage and other processed meats. As you can see, eating sausage, hot dogs, and other processed meat products contain many potentially hazardous ingredients that we are all better off avoiding. There are so many great vegan alternatives out there these days. My favorites are Field Roast Italian Sausage and Tofurkey brand Linguica. Both are delicious, the Field Roast have more spice to them though. We sautee ours in a pan with peppers and onions and eat them on whole wheat rolls with mustard and a side of garlic roasted potatoes. Even our carnivorous friends enjoy them! So please, do your health a favor, and give up processed meats. You don’t need sausage to have a good time.
Stay tuned for week three! I hope that you are enjoying the Baby Steps to Plant-Based series, and if you are please take a moment to ‘like ‘ http://www.facebook.com/annieeatsapplesforever and to share this, or any post with your plant-curious friends! Please feel free to leave your questions and/or comments on this or the facebook page, thanks for reading. Peace, Plants and Positivity to all.