Beet Read: Monday, March 12, 2012

Posted on March 12, 2012

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A Harvard study shows that high levels of omega-3’s are linked to a reduced risk of an irregular heartbeat, Atrial fibrillation can lead to a heart attack or stroke down the road.

China is trying to improve the much-maligned image of its food production with large-scale food safety measures which have not yet been disclosed. Let’s hope we’ve seen the last of melamine in baby formula and pet food.

Vita Coco is being sued for making unfounded health claims, following a long line of brands that have paid out after failing to live up to their health claims (have you seen all the qualifiers in the latest Activia commercial?).

Ground beef and poultry will now carry a nutrition label, based on new requirements by the USDA. Previously, only meats with added ingredients required a label. Also, packaging that advertises the percentage of lean meat will now have to include the percentage of fat (i.e. “90/10” instead of just “90% lean”).

Eatocracy clarifies how ground beef is produced, which involves mixing ammonium hydroxide with some other really gross stuff. While McDonald’s and Taco Bell stopped buying the “pink slime,” 70% of American’s beef is still made this way, including that in school lunches.

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