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Is 99% Lean Ground Turkey Fine??

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Created November 21, 2012 at 10:39 PM

So I buy extra lean ground turkey (99% lean, 1% fat) because I cannot afford all of this grass fed meat. When eaten, I add tbspn of coconut oil, grass fed butter, etc to get the appropriate fat.

This seems perfectly Paleo to me...any input? Thanks!

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on November 22, 2012
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They can add stuff like yeast/wheat extracts, or "barley malt" extracts which naturally form MSG and MSG like compounds and get away with it. For our purposes it contains MSG, for the FDAs, they're not pure MSG, therefore not MSG. The same way that cold cut makers add celery root extract and get away with "No added nitrates" (although it turns out that nitrates aren't that bad for us and the whole thing is overblown, the point there is that the industry likes to hide things to get you to buy their product despite you trying to avoid certain additivies.)

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If they add "monosodium glutamate" to the label, it has to be labeled. However, free glutamates and MSG type substances can be in "natural flavoring," such as protein hydrolysate. If it says "NO MSG" then there is no free glutamate in the product.

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Awesome thanks! However, MSG cannot be a part of "Natural Flavorings". Just found this on USDA.gov (hoping to be helpful, not a jerk): What substances or ingredients can be listed as "natural flavor"? Spices (e.g. black pepper, basil, and ginger), spice extracts, essential oils, oleoresins, onion powder, garlic powder, celery powder, onion juice, and garlic juice are all ingredients that may be declared on labeling as "natural flavor". How will I know if there (MSG)? When it is added to a product, it must be identified as "monosodium glutamate" on the label.

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on November 22, 2012
at 05:01 AM

Sounds like a good plan, but try to get the best meat you can. I can find grass fed beef cheaper than CAFO turkey sometimes.

But, yes, the best answer if you cannot find or afford grass fed/pastured is to get extremely lean meats (ideally without antibiotics), and add fats. You may also be able to source grass fed tallow or pastured lard for fairly cheap.

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on November 21, 2012
at 11:11 PM

Sure, just beware that it won't have the same nutrient profile, it's only useful as a source of protein, and beware that it may have "Natural Flavors" added on the ingredient list. If you see that, they're probably hiding MSG or other nasties. Buy the ones whose only ingredient is "ground turkey."

Also, bacteria on meat cannot penetrate deep into the meat, it stays on the surface, so when you have ground meat, especially from CAFO sources, the inside counts as a surface, which is why it's recommended to cook it "well done." The problem is that the smallest bit of bacteria in any bird, whether listeria or E-Coli or whatever, will get spread to everything that machine processes until they wash it out. How often do they wash it out? I've no idea. But I wouldn't trust it.

I'd also put it in a large bowl and wash it out with water, then strain the water. Probably won't help much, but why not.

4b5be253ac1981c690689cab7e4bf06d

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on November 22, 2012
at 04:58 AM

If they add "monosodium glutamate" to the label, it has to be labeled. However, free glutamates and MSG type substances can be in "natural flavoring," such as protein hydrolysate. If it says "NO MSG" then there is no free glutamate in the product.

86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

(2312)

on November 21, 2012
at 11:32 PM

Awesome thanks! However, MSG cannot be a part of "Natural Flavorings". Just found this on USDA.gov (hoping to be helpful, not a jerk): What substances or ingredients can be listed as "natural flavor"? Spices (e.g. black pepper, basil, and ginger), spice extracts, essential oils, oleoresins, onion powder, garlic powder, celery powder, onion juice, and garlic juice are all ingredients that may be declared on labeling as "natural flavor". How will I know if there (MSG)? When it is added to a product, it must be identified as "monosodium glutamate" on the label.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19463)

on November 22, 2012
at 12:10 PM

They can add stuff like yeast/wheat extracts, or "barley malt" extracts which naturally form MSG and MSG like compounds and get away with it. For our purposes it contains MSG, for the FDAs, they're not pure MSG, therefore not MSG. The same way that cold cut makers add celery root extract and get away with "No added nitrates" (although it turns out that nitrates aren't that bad for us and the whole thing is overblown, the point there is that the industry likes to hide things to get you to buy their product despite you trying to avoid certain additivies.)

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