A little confused right now? Yeah, it is crazy but true. Yesterday my husband was reading the news and found an article about a spill of thousands of Skittles. The spilled Skittles were from a truck load of Skittles destined for a cattle farm. Now if that sounds absurd listen to this; they say it is completely healthy for the cows. So you see, it is not healthy for us to eat loads of candy and sweets but cows, cows are a different story. Although they were created to eat grasses, they are perfectly healthy when fed truck loads of Skittles and other candies. Hmmm.
Apparently they have been feeding candy, yes, all different kinds of candy, to cows for decades. They tout that it is a good source of carbs. Are you kidding me? I assure you, I'm not making this up. Can you imagine them saying the same thing about humans eating candy like that.?
Candy that does not meet the quality check, the Skittles were missing the "S", are sold to cattle farmers. The cattle farmers use them as a cheap supplement to their feeding program. The practice has become more common in the last 4 years with the rise of corn prices but has been going on for decades!
We have all heard the phrase "you are what you eat." We know this to be true. A constant consumption of junk food makes for unhealthy human beings . Sugar (about 99% of the ingredients of Skittle are some form of sugar) in particular is linked to just about every major health problem and specifically cardiovascular disease as demonstrated in a 2014 study.
"According to the study published in JAMA: Internal Medicine, those who got 17 to 21 percent of calories from added sugar had a 38 percent higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease compared to those who consumed 8 percent of their calories from added sugar." http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/Nutrition/Added-Sugars-Add-to-Your-Risk-of-Dying-from-Heart-Disease_UCM_460319_Article.jsp#.WIbLNVxFuxA
I haven't eaten Skittles in over ten years but I just did a quick google and checked out the nutritional information and ingredient list of Skittles. 42 grams of sugar in 1 serving! 230 calories! That is over two times the recommended daily amount of 6 tsp or 100 calories from sugar that the American Heart Association recommends for women. They are not talking about the natural occurring sugars found in a banana or and apple, but sugar that is added to things like soft drinks, processed foods, and baked goods.
"According to the study, most U.S. adults consume about 22 teaspoons of added sugars a day." http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/Nutrition/Added-Sugars-Add-to-Your-Risk-of-Dying-from-Heart-Disease_UCM_460319_Article.jsp#.WIbLNVxFuxA
America eats far too much sugar as it is. We do not need to feed sugar to our livestock. If it is bad for us then it is bad for them too. We need to be cutting sugar drastically back in our diets. Not finding tricky ways to add it in. Yea, yea, the cow probably turns the sugar to fat but you know what I mean. That can't be healthy for the cows. If the cow is unhealthy how healthy is the meat for us?
Corn (think corn syrup, the 2nd ingredient in Skittles) and sugar beets (sugar, is of course the first ingredient) are two of the most commonly grown genetically modified crops. 88% of the corn grown in the U.S. is genetically modified and 95% of the sugar beets grown in the U.S. are genetically modified. That means that Skittles are just a brightly colored, sweet smelling pebble of genetically modified, cancer causing, cardiovascular disease inducing goodness. Oh, I almost forgot diabetes, cancer, and obesity too. Do you really want to taste that rainbow? I know I don't. Not my kids or my cows, goats, sheep or poultry!
Where do you get your beef? Is it grain finished? Skittle finished? Or grass finished?
In case you don't believe all this cow eating candy non-sense here is a link to the article my husband read and one I found on CNN.
In the near future I will be doing a post on sugar alternatives. Learn how we have virtually eliminated all refined sugar from our diet and the alternatives that we use.
Happy, healthy living,
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Hello, I'm Jaci. I love wandering around in my gardens admiring God's creation. I'm passionate about whole foods and clean eating. I look forward to sharing my farming and homestead adventures and helping you reach your gardening goals! If you have any questions then don't be shy, I'd love to hear from you. Send me a message and I will be glad to help!