Many people are turning towards a vegan diet worldwide for a variety of reasons. Some people do it for ethical reasons. Some people do it for heath reasons. But some disturbing news is coming out that should have vegans (and vegetarians) concerned. Read on.
Let’s start by clarifying what “vegan” really means. The Vegan Society says,
“Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.
“From ‘junk food vegans’ to raw food vegans, and everything in between, there’s a version of veganism to suit everyone. Yet one thing we all have in common is a plant-based diet avoiding all animal foods such as meat (including fish, shellfish and insects), dairy, eggs and honey – as well as products like leather and any tested on animals.”
For purely dietary purposes, veganism comes down to not eating any animal products whatsoever. Except that new research is showing that the store-bought vegan foods may not be vegan after all.
A private testing lab, Clear Food, recently tested a variety of foods. Mike Adams writes,
“According to the Clear Food report, 10% of vegetarian hot dogs contained meat. Sadly, Clear Food refuses to name which brands were contaminated!”
The news gets scarier for non-vegans because Clear Food found:
“[…]human DNA in hot dogs. “Two percent of all samples were found to have traces of human DNA in them. Veggie dogs were the worst off, accounting for 67 percent of the hygiene issues and two-thirds of the human DNA found,” reports Yahoo News.”
You read that correctly. Eating hot dogs may make you a cannibal.
To make the whole situation even more frustrating,
“[T]his lab wants to be a “friend” of the food industry and won’t be testing for GMOs, pesticides or anything not listed on the label. They’re not even releasing the brand names of the hot dogs contaminated with human DNA!”
So, basically, this lab has revealed how scary and misleading packages of hot dogs are, but they won’t tell us who the culprits are so that we can protect ourselves for health or ethical reasons.
Suffice it to say, come Thanksgiving, when you 4 year old begs for hot dogs instead of turkey, you may want to hold firm on making them eat the turkey.