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Thoughts & Rants with a few disturbing questions…

After not writing for many moons… I finally made a decision to touch my keyboard and convert my thoughts into another medium that exists outside my somewhat feeble imagination that has become accustomed to expecting the worst case scenarios, whether they’re real or fictitious and with this I now start my “new year” according to the Gregorian calendar which most of this world follows with military precision… I came to accept that I can no longer choose to, however I will gladly acknowledge everyone who still chooses to do so… because it helps them make sense of it all…. blah blah blah…bleh.

Unfortunately or fortunately this is not the case for me. I have spent a considerable portion of my life somewhat glued to one screen or another without truly questioning the contents authenticity/ validity… instead I willingly followed and agreed with most of what was said, only to realize that nearly none of what I have taken in is of any real consequence…

…for example, yesterday I walked into my local super market, and purchased some sausage, bread & peanut butter. Although the place was packed with people rushing about to weekly or monthly groceries, I wasn’t phased by them at all because I was plugged into a screen even then… the screen being my mobile phone. Using it to calculate prices, listen to music via blue-tooth and replying to friends in the neighborhood and elsewhere in the country. By disconnecting myself from what was actually going on around me, I became aware of something else… Best buys (you know, the cheap stuff thats quick & easy to make, like beef sausage)… not that I’m a health nut or anything… just an average guy on a mission for munchies so, I looked a little closer because something that’s cheap or free usually holds a little catch that can have undesirable consequences… so I decided to take a pic and find out a little more…


Now keep in mind that this is something rather minor… but seriously… how much crap do you want to put into sausage? When only 63% is beef and 28% is water… making up for 91%, which basically means that the remaining 8% is a total load of crap! How is that a best buy? Strangely though… this was the last pack left on the shelf, so with that all these Q’s came rushing into my head… I have added the url links to this post so you can see for yourself where I found my answers… as the truth of it all is way too disturbing to even mention here!

Q 1. Why add cereal to sausage?

A1. http://www.fao.org/docrep/003/x6556e/X6556E02.htm

Q2. I know salt is a good preservative… but then why add MSG?

A2. http://www.msgtruth.org/avoid.htm

Q3. What the hell is HVP?

A3. http://www.naturalnews.com/028323_Hydrolyzed_Vegetable_Protein_HVP.html

Q4. What is phosphates & why the heck is in in this sausage?

A4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phosphate

Q5. Flavorings…huh…so I’m not actually gonna have beef sausage but something that is a synthetic production thereof?

A5. http://www.wisegeek.com/how-are-sausages-made.htm

Q6. Wheat gluten…Why would they add that to “normal” beef sausage?

A6.1 http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/07/23/why-is-wheat-gluten-disorder-on-the-rise.aspx

A6.2 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheat_gluten_(food)

…and a flavor enhancer…seriously WTF man…


Q7. What’s ascorbic acid… and if it’s a preservative then what the heck is the salt for?

A7. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ascorbic_acid

Q8. Spice Extracts… what? Wasn’t normal spice good enough?

A8. http://healthybliss.net/the-truth-in-food-labeling-food-additives-to-avoid-hidden-sources-of-msg/

Q9. Why do I require a scientific degree to know what chemicals they are putting into my food?

A9. Same answer as A8.

Q10. What is the literacy percentage in Cape Town, Woodstock, South Africa & how many people in their haste actually read what ingredients contained in the food they purchase for their growing families?

A10.1 https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/sf.html

A10.2 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_literacy_rate

A10.3 http://www.indexmundi.com/facts/south-africa/literacy-rate

At least they had the decency to follow required South African legalities in regard to food production while proudly announcing that it’s specially packed for “Shoprite Checkersone of the largest and most established supermarkets in the country… nice one!

I would place this one on my list of epic fails… and in doing so I vow never to shop there again… because if this is what a supermarket chain deams responsible produce to provide a consumer with… while knowing full and well what these ingredients does to the human body… They choose profit, I choose sustainability…

Maybe this is just a little rant I’m having… but with everything being the way it is in RSA… well the least they could do is feed us, their slaves with proper nutrition instead of crap like this.

All this has done is raise even more questions… and I must admit, it’s like an avalanche of filth.

…then I decided to ask “google” How many consumers in South Africa read the labels on food and this article popped up… and all I can say is WTF!!!




…See you in two weeks time for my next bucket of thoughts & rants 🙂