Although many large food corporations are reformulating their products to be more “natural”, there’s still a substance found in many conventional food items that isn’t suitable for human consumption – yet many people unknowingly eat it on a regular basis. It is in crackers, peanut butter, tortillas, chips, nuts, baked goods, fruit snacks, and it’s used at mainstream restaurants.
IT’S NOT FOOD!
Cotton is not a food. Yet the waste from cotton crops has been in our food supply for decades.
Cottonseed oil, for instance, is a byproduct of the industrial waste from cotton farming. Cotton crop waste also becomes “cellulose” additives in products such as Kraft shredded cheese (it’s cheap and has a long shelf life), and cotton waste is also fed to farm animals as it bulks up their feed.
Proctor and Gamble are responsible for the cottonseed oil boom, after they marketed it as Crisco (which stands for “Crystallized Cotton Seed Oil”).
Of course, cotton is also know as one of the world’s dirtiest crops. The World Health Organization and others point to its dangers, and further, the refining process needed to make the oils includes toxic hexane, bleach, and deodorizers.
Cotton farming is also detrimental to the environment and regular destroys farmers lives, as it requires extensive resources and leaves the area left behind littered with chemicals. Almost all cotton is now produced in developing countries with lower environmental standards. Still it costs thousands of lives.
For this and other reasons, cottonseed oil does not belong in our food supply.
Yet many brands continue to use cottonseed oil. The list of brands is extensive: In & Out Burger uses cottonseed oil to fry their french fries, but they’re hardly the only ones. Arby’s, Arctic Circle, Wendy’s, and Burger King also sometimes use cottonseed oil.
Jack in the Box even adds cottonseed oil to the beef in their burgers, as well as several other menu items, and lots of other chains use it pretty extensively: just look at that chart!
Until restaurants disclose ingredient lists, the only way to know is to ask – you just might be eating cottonseed oil!
Don’t eat cotton – it isn’t food! To avoid eating cotton, check the ingredient lists; in the United States, at least, manufacturers are required to say if they use cottonseed oil. At restaurants, ask questions; if someone won’t tell you what’s in your food, don’t eat it.
Don’t eat cotton. Eat food!
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