Beef is Pretty Gross…Consumer Reports Points Out Why
Consumer Reports published an article on the risks of beef consumption aimed at the American public with an infamous tendency to consume undercooked beef (twenty-eight percent). This means there’s a significant health risk looming and there’s a pretty gross reason as to why:
“We analyzed the samples for five common types of bacteria found on beef—clostridium perfringens, E. coli (including O157 and six other toxin-producing strains), enterococcus, salmonella, and staphylococcus aureus…all 458 pounds of beef we examined contained bacteria that signified fecal contamination (enterococcus and/or nontoxin-producing E. coli), which can cause blood or urinary tract infections. Almost 20 percent contained C. perfringens, a bacteria that causes almost 1 million cases of food poisoning annually. Ten percent of the samples had a strain of S. aureus bacteria that can produce a toxin that can make you sick. That toxin can’t be destroyed—even with proper cooking.”
What’s also intimidating is the fact that it isn’t just limited to beef, undercooking and consuming any meat such as chicken, pork or turkey is a potential recipe for disaster, and the report indicates that this isn’t as common because most people:
“…choose to consume those meats well-cooked, which makes them safer to eat.”
The report goes into the details of how cattle are raised in conventional manner vs. grass-fed and how these contribute to the potential spread of disease. I don’t know about you, but I’ll stick with the veggie burger.
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