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Wood Fiber Common In Processed Foods

Source: Rainforest Action Network via flickr

What are you REALLY eating?  With the latest news about “pink slime” in ground beef, it might make you wonder.

Apparently, it’s not “pink slime” that we should be concerned about;  What about the wood that you’re eating?!

Lately there have been rumors about sawdust used as fiber filling in processed foods. Well, not quite sawdust. The cellulose used in many foods is processed powder or pulp from virgin wood. It’s becoming more common. Though not toxic, what good is it?

These fillers meet FDA approval.

Since the virgin wood pulps and powders are not toxic, the FDA says it’s okay to use in food. The food industry and FDA classify wood cellulose as fiber. The only limit on wood cellulose fillers is 3.5% in meat. All other foods have no limits for adding wood cellulose.

Proponents argue that these wood fibers might actually be health for you!

Using cellulose to replace some bleached white flour and trans-fatty processed oils could actually be of some health benefit to the SAD (Standard American Diet) consumer.

 

 

 

There’s wood in my food? Wood-derived ingredients common in processed food.

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